Introducing telecommunications engineering
Telecommunication engineering encompasses the design and optimisation of communication networks for voice, data and multimedia applications. Telecoms engineers are one of the driving forces behind recent, massive growth in areas such as the internet, mobile telephones and other modern wired and wireless communications systems.
Engineers work within a number of industries, including internet and computing technologies, networking and telecommunications and radio. Some concentrate on applying technical knowledge, while others focus on managerial activities. However, many posts combine elements of both. Managerial responsibilities involve planning and managing projects, ensuring that they are delivered on time, within budget and to the agreed standards of quality. The technology ranges from de-framers, decoders and demodulators to optics and personal comms systems.
The technical aspect of the role includes using specialist knowledge to design and deliver solutions, as well as providing technical guidance to others within the employing organisation. Some travel will be involved and engineers will be constantly exposed to new technologies. As the world becomes increasingly dependent upon such systems, engineers working in this sector can look forward to truly global career opportunities.