Telecommunications Technician

Telecommunications technicians are responsible for the maintenance and repair of underground and aerial telecommunication lines, mechanical aids, power installations, satellite earth stations, radio stations and telegraph offices.


They manufacture and repair equipment and parts in a workshop where cabling, wiring and assembling are done. The duties of telecommunications technicians may include:


  • Telephony: The installation and maintenance of computer controlled equipment

  • Transmission: The installation and maintenance of telephone lines

  • Telegraphy: Installation and maintenance of telegraphic equipment

  • Field equipment: The installation and maintenance of underground and above-ground telephone lines

  • Mechanical and electrical duties: The repair and maintenance of equipment in the workshop

  • Existing technology: Maintenance of new advanced equipment, the ‘smart card’ public telephone and cellular phone.


Telecommunications technicians must keep abreast of development in the field of electronics, as computers and computerised equipment are widely used for telecommunication systems.


Employment


  • such organisations as: Telkom, Transnet, Eskom, Siemens, Spoornet

  • cell phone companies

  • television organisations

  • self-employment, can start own business, for example supplying electronic equipment to the telecommunications world


Getting Started


  • try to obtain vacation or part-time work in a telecommunications company

  • arrange to speak to a telecommunications technician about this type of career and ask permission to observe them at work


Programmes

Accra Institute of Technology (Ait), Buffalo City TVET College, Capricorn TVET College, Central Johannesburg TVET College, Coastal KZN TVET College, College of Cape Town , Eastcape Midlands TVET College, Ehlanzeni TVET College, Ekurhuleni East TVET College, Ekurhuleni West TVET College, Esayidi TVET College, False Bay College, Flavius Mareka TVET College, Gaborone University College of Law and Professional Studies, Gert Sibande TVET College, Goldfields TVET College, Ingwe TVET College, International University of Management, King Hintsa TVET College, King Sabata TVET College, Letaba TVET College, Lovedale Public TVET College, Majuba TVET College, Makerere University, Maluti TVET College, Mauritius Institute of Training and Development, Mnambithi TVET College, Monitronic Success College, Mopani South East TVET College, Motheo TVET College, Mthashana TVET College, Mzumbe University, New Era College, Nkangala TVET College, Northern Cape Urban TVET College, Northlink College, Orbit TVET College, Port Elizabeth TVET College, Sedibeng TVET College, Sekhukhune TVET College, South Cape TVET College, South West Gauteng TVET College, Swaziland College of Technology, Tshwane North TVET College, Tshwane South TVET College, Uganda Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Umfolozi TVET College, Umgungundlovu TVET College, Vuselela TVET College, Waterberg TVET College, Western TVET College


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