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:
Schooling & School Subjects
National Senior Certificate or N3.
Various colleges train telecommunications technicians in cooperation with industries such as Transport Services, the Metal Industry Training Board and Telkom.
Learners are trained according to the new competency based modular system, which enables them to progress at their own pace through the prescribed training programme and to qualify as artisans after only 2 years.
Diploma: N.Dip: Telecommunication (S circuit), or the N.Dip: Telecommunications (N circuit) - various universities of technology and colleges
Other courses are also offered at Telkom colleges and other technical training centres, where learner technicians receive intensive courses and task-orientated in-service training in the various regions.
Telecommunications technicians can improve their qualifications by following the BTech. Degree. MTech and DTech degrees are postgraduate studies and can also be obtained at universities of technology.
Potential employers can supply information regarding working conditions, salaries, study advantages, and so forth. Contact Telkom for information.
Universities of technology, universities and TVET colleges can supply information regarding course structures and subjects choices.