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Alternate Titles: 

Cable jointer,Customer service engineer (telecommunications),Installation engineer (telecommunications),Network officer (telecommunications),Telecommunications engineer,Telephone engineer

Job Description: 

Telecommunications engineers install, maintain and repair public and private telephone systems and maintain, test and repair telecommunications cables.


There are no formal academic requirements, although entrants typically possess GCSEs/S grades or an equivalent qualification. Apprenticeships and traineeships combining work experience and practical training are available at NVQ/SVQ Levels 2 and 3.
Refer The S/NVQ framework for more details


The simplified NS-SEC analytic class for this code is 3
The simplified NS-SEC operational category for this code is 7.4
Refer The National Statistics Socio-economic Classification for more details


  • installs internal cabling and wiring for telephone systems and fits and wires junction and distribution boxes;
  • fixes connecting wires from underground and aerial lines to premises and connects cable terminals to inside wiring;
  • installs telephones, switchboards and coin operated phone boxes;
  • uses testing equipment to locate defective components of circuitry and makes any necessary repairs;
  • tests installation and makes any further necessary adjustments;
  • assists with the erection of wooden poles or steel towers to carry overhead lines;
  • connects cables and tests for any defects;
  • locates and repairs faults to lines and ancillary equipment;
  • erects and maintains mobile telecommunications infrastructure.
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