In the Air Force:
Client Systems; Client Systems Apprentice; Client Systems Helper; Client Systems Journeyman; Cyber Transport Systems Apprentice; Cyber Transport Systems Craftsman; Cyber Transport Systems Journeyman; Spectrum Operations; Spectrum Operations Craftsman; Spectrum Operations Helper
In the Army:
Chief Signal NCO; Military Intelligence (MI) Systems Maintainer/Integrator; Network Integration; Satellite Communications Systems Operator-Maintainer; Satellite/Microwave Systems Chief; Senior Network Operations Technician; Signal Support Systems Specialist; Telecommunications Operations Chief
In the Marine Corps:
Communications Chief; Data Systems Administrator; Data Systems Chief; Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems Engineer; Network Chief; Network Engineering Officer; Satellite Transmissions System Operator; Signals Intelligence/Electronic Warfare/Cyberspace Operations Technician; Space and Waveform Integration Officer
In the Navy:
Cryptologic Technician Maintenance; Information Systems Technician; Information Systems Technician Submarines
Telecommunications engineering specialists design voice, video, and data communications systems to keep users connected. They install equipment incorporating copper or fiber optic cabling, complex networks, and switching systems, to transmit phone, cable, and broadband data. Telecommunications engineering specialists’ projects range from installing phone systems, automated teller machines and alarms for a bank, to large scale projects such as overseeing the installation of fiber optic cabling to bring broadband data access to a region. They troubleshoot and resolve problems related to all types of telecom systems, install both hardware and software, and document the systems they maintain. Telecommunication system security looms large in this field; they perform regular system backups to prevent down time or data loss. When disaster strikes a system, from a single business to a large city or region, they help to recover the area’s phone and broadband systems. Keeping up to date on new technology is expected. Telecommunications engineering specialists work in a variety of organizations, including city governments, school districts, healthcare facilities, and utilities. Work schedules often exceed 40 hours a week. Requirements vary depending on the position’s scope, and range from a technical certificate to an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in electronics, computer science, or a related field, along with related work experience.
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.
Engineering and Technology
computers and electronics
product and service development
Arts and Humanities
listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
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
You might use software like this on the job:
Operating system software
Data base user interface and query software
Microsoft SQL Server
Structured query language SQL
Network monitoring software
bachelor's degree or certificate after high school usually needed
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