Telecommunications Engineer

Telecommunications engineers are responsible for the continual and rapid development in the science and methods of telecommunications; the general and basic planning of future expansion; the design and planning of automatic exchanges, carrier systems, telex systems, coaxial cable systems, microwave radio systems; optical fibre systems and videotext systems.

Telecommunications engineers are involved in the planning, design, commissioning and monitoring of complex telecommunications networks and associated broadcasting equipment. Many telecommunications design engineers work for major carriers as well as telecommunications and IT service providers.

Telecommunications engineering can cover any of the following fields: long distance, microwave carrier and coaxial cable systems, foreign radio communications, electronic, automatic and manual exchange switching, overhead and underground line equipment networks, and telex, telegram and data transmission systems.

Telecommunications engineers use a variety of intricate telecommunications test equipment associated with their particular discipline and computers. They work mainly in offices with excursions to the work place e.g. telephone exchanges, carrier rooms, microwave radio rooms etc.


  • such organisations as Eskom, Phillips, Siemens

  • other telephone companies

  • cell phone companies

Getting Started

  • read up as much as you can about telecommunications

  • speak to telecommunications engineers and ask about the possibility of part-time or holiday work


Accra Institute of Technology (Ait), Botswana International University of Science and Technology, Cavendish University, Gaborone University College of Law and Professional Studies, Ghana Technology University College, Gideon Roberts University, Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centre, International University of Management, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Tanzania), Kigali Independent University, Kwame Nkrumah University, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Makerere University, Marian University College, Meritorious Biz Tech College, Muhabura Integrated Polytechnic College, Multimedia University of Kenya, National University of Lesotho, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, New Era College, Nsaka University, Pearson Institute of Higher Education, Strathmore University, Swaziland College of Technology, Sylvia University, Triumphant College, Uganda Institute of Information and Communication Technology, University of Ghana, University of Johannesburg, University of Namibia, University of Rwanda, University of Stellenbosch, University of Zambia, Vaal University of Technology

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