Telecommunications Engineering Specialists
SOC: 15-1143.01


Design or configure voice, video, and data communications systems. Supervise installation and post-installation service and maintenance.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
146,200 employed

Projected (2024):
158,900 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Communications Technician
  • Consultant
  • Multimedia Telecommunications Systems Integrator
  • Network Engineer
  • Network Operations Center Technician (NOC Technician)
  • Network Technician
  • Principal Consultant
  • Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD)
  • Senior Consultant
  • Senior Telecommunications Consultant
  • Systems Engineer
  • Telecom Network Manager (Telecommunication Network Manager)
  • Telecommunication Engineer
  • Telecommunication Systems Designer
  • Telecommunications Analyst
  • Telecommunications Consultant
  • Telecommunications Engineer
  • Telecommunications Management Specialist
  • Telecommunications Manager
  • Telecommunications Operator
  • Telecommunications Specialist
  • Voice Engineer
  • VoIP Engineer (Voice Over Internet Protocol Engineer)
  • Wireless Technician

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.


    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Keep abreast of changes in industry practices and emerging telecommunications technology by reviewing current literature, talking with colleagues, participating in educational programs, attending meetings or workshops, or participating in professional organizations or conferences.
  • Estimate costs for system or component implementation and operation.
  • Develop, maintain, or implement telecommunications disaster recovery plans to ensure business continuity.
  • Test and evaluate hardware and software to determine efficiency, reliability, or compatibility with existing systems.
  • Supervise maintenance of telecommunications equipment.
  • Review and evaluate requests from engineers, managers, and technicians for system modifications.
  • Provide user support by diagnosing network and device problems and implementing technical or procedural solutions.
  • Prepare system activity and performance reports.
  • Prepare purchase requisitions for computer hardware and software, networking and telecommunications equipment, test equipment, cabling, or tools.
  • Use computer-aided design (CAD) software to prepare or evaluate network diagrams, floor plans, or site configurations for existing facilities, renovations, or new systems.
  • Monitor and analyze system performance, such as network traffic, security, and capacity.
  • Manage user access to systems and equipment through account management and password administration.
  • Inspect sites to determine physical configuration, such as device locations and conduit pathways.
  • Implement system renovation projects in collaboration with technical staff, engineering consultants, installers, and vendors.
  • Implement or perform preventive maintenance, backup, or recovery procedures.
  • Implement controls to provide security for operating systems, software, and data.
  • Document user support activity, such as system problems, corrective actions, resolution status, and completed equipment installations.
  • Document technical specifications and operating standards for telecommunications equipment.
  • Document procedures for hardware and software installation and use.
  • Work with personnel and facilities management staff to install, remove, or relocate user connectivity equipment and devices.
  • Consult with users, administrators, and engineers to identify business and technical requirements for proposed system modifications or technology purchases.
  • Communicate with telecommunications vendors to obtain pricing and technical specifications for available hardware, software, or services.
  • Assess existing facilities' needs for new or modified telecommunications systems.
  • Install, or coordinate installation of, new or modified hardware, software, or programming modules of telecommunications systems.
  • Order or maintain inventory of telecommunications equipment for customer premises equipment (CPE), facilities, access networks, or backbone networks.
  • Instruct in use of voice, video, and data communications systems.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Aerial bucket trucks
  • Amplifier probes
  • Cable analyzers
  • Cable cutters
  • Cable plows
  • Cable tie guns
  • Circuit testers
  • Coaxial cable testers
  • Combo crimping tools
  • Compaction tampers
  • Computer servers
  • Continuity testers
  • Digger derricks
  • Digital power meters
  • Electricity monitors
  • Fiber optic cable splicers
  • Fiber optic cable strippers
  • Fiber optic fault locators
  • Fiber optic fusion splicers
  • Fiber optic power meters
  • Fiber optic strippers
  • Fiber optic tweezers
  • Fiber scribes
  • Field inspection microscopes
  • Fish tapes
  • Flat head screwdrivers
  • Infrared fiber meters
  • Infrared thermometers
  • Insulation resistance testers
  • Jack termination tools
  • Laser printers
  • Local area network LAN analyzers
  • Multimeters
  • Nut drivers
  • Open end wrenches
  • Optical power meters
  • Optical time domain reflectometers OTDR
  • Personal computers
  • Phillips head screwdrivers
  • Pipe benders
  • Polarity testers
  • Portable drills
  • Power saws
  • Punch down insertion tools
  • Radio interference detection RID devices
  • Scanners
  • Soldering irons
  • Spectrum analyzers
  • Tone generators
  • Tone test sets
  • Trenchers
  • Voltage testers
  • Winches
  • Wire locators
  • Wire mappers
  • Wire pullers
  • Wire wrap guns
  • 2AB iLock Security Services
  • Access management software
  • Antivirus software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Avaya Identity Engines
  • Backup and archival software
  • Call accounting software
  • Cisco Systems Cisco Traffic Analyzer
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • IBM Lotus 1-2-3
  • IBM Rational Requirements Composer
  • Linux
  • McAfee software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Exchange Server
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Word
  • Network management software
  • NovaStor NovaBACKUP
  • Oracle Java
  • Oracle software
  • Practical extraction and reporting language Perl
  • Project scheduling software
  • Requirements analysis software
  • SiteMaster SiteSmart
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Structured query language SQL
  • Symantec security software
  • UNIX
  • Virtual private network VPN software
  • Virtual private networking VPN software
  • Web browser software
  • Web design software
  • Wireshark
  • Zmanda Amanda

  • computer and mathematical

    industry stats

    SOC: 15-0000

    Total Employed: 4,005,250

    Average Annual Salary: $86,170