Nature and scope of telecommunications engineering
  • Telecommunications engineering is a vast course with many specialisations.
  • Examples of areas one can specialise in can include:
    • Transmission media
    • Transmission and receiving equipment
    • Transmission technology and methods
    • Switching systems
      • These include the technology to track calls made through certain service providers etc.
  • Telecommunications engineers usually do work such as:
    • Research: Both pure research and research to better commercial products.
    • Design of equipment or systems: This includes designing electrical equipment or writing software for the system to run.
    • Supervising manufacture: This includes managing the teams, overseeing the standards of manufacture and managing supplies.
    • Managing the installation and commisioning of equipment for a system.
    • Maintenance and upgrading of systems
    • Sales and Marketing of systems.
  • Most of the time engineers are employed as managers, meaning that the work often requires interpersonal and organisational skills.
  • A high level of technical knowledge is also required in some aspects.