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Telecommunications Engineering Specialists

Also called: Consultant, Network Technician, Telecommunication Engineer, Telecommunications Consultant

Where in the Army? In the Army: Chief Signal NCO; Designated Telecommunications Systems Engineer; Satellite/Microwave Systems Chief; Senior Network Operations Technician; Telecommunications Operations Chief; Telecommunications Systems Engineer

What they do:
Design or configure voice, video, and data communications systems. Supervise installation and post-installation service and maintenance.
On the job, you would:
  • Communicate with telecommunications vendors to obtain pricing and technical specifications for available hardware, software, or services.
  • Keep abreast of changes in industry practices and emerging telecommunications technology by reviewing current literature, talking with colleagues, participating in educational programs, attending meetings or workshops, or participating in professional organizations or conferences.
  • Implement or perform preventive maintenance, backup, or recovery procedures.


  • telecommunications
  • customer service
  • management
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • product and service development
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it


  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Initiative
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Cooperation


You might use software like this on the job:

Access software
  • 2AB iLock Security Services
  • Access management software
Backup or archival software
  • Backup and archival software
  • NovaStor NovaBACKUP
Spreadsheet software
  • IBM Lotus 1-2-3
  • Microsoft Excel


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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