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Telecommunications Engineer

Working as a Telecommunications Engineer you will design, inspect, test and evaluate communication and electronic equipment and systems. You will manage projects and procurement, update design documents for system migrations, liaise with vendors and provide technical advice.

Summary of Training

  • Apply work health and safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace
  • Contribute to risk management in electrotechnology systems
  • Develop design briefs for electrotechnology projects
  • Document and apply measures to control WHS risks associated with electrotechnology work
  • Implement and monitor energy sector WHS policies and procedures
  • Participate in development and follow a personal competency development plan
  • Commission electronics and communications systems
  • Design and develop electronics/computer systems projects
  • Manage computer systems/electronics projects
  • Modify - redesign electronics and communications systems
  • Develop strategies to address environmental and sustainability issues in the energy sector
  • Manage an information or knowledge management system
  • Manage people performance
  • Lead and manage team effectiveness
  • Assemble electronic components
  • Conduct quality and functional tests on assembled electronic apparatus
  • Modify electronic sub-assemblies
  • Select electronic components for assembly
  • Use lead-free soldering techniques
  • Fix and secure electrotechnology equipment
  • Solve basic problems electronic and digital equipment and circuits
  • Solve problems in direct current circuits
  • Use drawings, diagrams, schedules, standards, codes and specifications
  • Assemble, set up and test computing devices
  • Select, install, configure and test multimedia components
  • Support computer hardware and software for engineering applications
  • Use engineering applications software on personal computers
  • Install and connect data and voice communication equipment
  • Select and arrange data and voice equipment for local area networks
  • Select and arrange equipment for wireless communication networks
  • Repair predictable faults in general electronic apparatus
  • Estimate electrotechnology projects
  • Prepare specifications for the supply of materials and equipment for electrotechnology projects
  • Design custom electronic equipment installations
  • Diagnose and rectify faults in digital transmission circuits and systems
  • Write specifications for electronics and communications engineering projects
  • Analyse the performance of wireless-based electronic communication systems
  • Analyse materials for suitability in electrical equipment
  • Manage risk in electrotechnology activities
  • Solve electrotechnical engineering problems
  • Use advanced computational processes to provide solutions to energy sector engineering problems
  • Manage contract variations
  • Design embedded controller control systems
  • Assess electronic apparatus compliance
  • Plan large electronic projects
  • Design and use advanced programming tools, PC networks and HMI Interfacing

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Construction & Electrical

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Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this overall industry in the past two years. Commencements in 20/21: 15660

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 2/8/2022. AATIS analysis.

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Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2020, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2022. AATIS analysis.

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Telecommunications Engineer - UEE60220
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

60 mths 48 mths 36 mths 48 mths 36 mths
Part Time
Commencements 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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