Job type

Telecoms engineer

£19k - £37k

Typical salary

39 – 41

Hours per week

Telecoms engineers work on satellite, digital TV, and fibre optic systems, and install broadband, mobile, and landline phone networks.

More info

  • Travel from site to site working on satellite, digital TV and fibre optic systems and installing phone networks
  • You'll need a methodical approach with attention to detail & technical ability
  • You could move on into supervisory roles, network design, or electronic engineering

As a telecoms engineer, you'll usually work for broadband or mobile phone operators, satellite installers, rail companies or public bodies like the emergency services.


  • Setting up communications and data networks
  • Installing aerials or satellites
  • Laying and testing underground and underfloor cabling
  • Finding and fixing faults
  • Designing, or building and testing components and equipment


You'll work at customers' businesses and homes, and you may sometimes need to work outside normal working hours to cover emergency call outs. You will often be provided with a company vehicle, and you may need to work at height when installing satellite systems.

You'll need

You'll need a methodical approach and attention to detail, analytical skills, communication skills, and an ability to read technical drawings, cabling plans, and circuit diagrams.

You could get into this work by doing a communications technician or cable installer advanced apprenticeship, or higher apprenticeship for telecoms professionals.

Alternatively, you could apply direct to an employer, or take a college first. Relevant courses include a Level 2 Certificate in Communications Cabling, Level 3 Diploma in ICT Systems and Principles, and Level 3 Diploma in Telecommunication Systems.

You will usually need to have colour-normal vision to be able to recognise different coloured cables, and you may need a full driving licence.


With training and experience, you could move into supervisory roles, network design or electronic engineering. You could also set up your own installation and repair business.