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Telecommunications Engineering Specialists - 15-1143.01

O*NET-SOC Description

Design or configure voice, video, and data communications systems. Supervise installation and post-installation service and maintenance.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Communications Engineer
  • Engineer
  • Infrastructure Engineer
  • Network Engineer
  • Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD)
  • Telecommunication Design Analyst (Telecom Design Analyst)
  • Telecommunication Design Engineer (Telecom Design Engineer)
  • Telecommunication Engineer (Telecom Engineer)
  • Telecommunication Systems Designer (Telecom Systems Designer)
  • Telecommunications Consultant (Telecom Consultant)

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations

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  • Assess existing facilities' needs for new or modified telecommunications systems.
  • Communicate with telecommunications vendors to obtain pricing and technical specifications for available hardware, software, or services.
  • Consult with users, administrators, and engineers to identify business and technical requirements for proposed system modifications or technology purchases.
  • Develop, maintain, or implement telecommunications disaster recovery plans to ensure business continuity.
  • Document procedures for hardware and software installation and use.
  • Document technical specifications and operating standards for telecommunications equipment.
  • Document user support activity, such as system problems, corrective actions, resolution status, and completed equipment installations.
  • Estimate costs for system or component implementation and operation.
  • Implement controls to provide security for operating systems, software, and data.
  • Implement or perform preventive maintenance, backup, or recovery procedures.
  • Implement system renovation projects in collaboration with technical staff, engineering consultants, installers, and vendors.
  • Inspect sites to determine physical configuration, such as device locations and conduit pathways.
  • Install, or coordinate installation of, new or modified hardware, software, or programming modules of telecommunications systems.
  • Instruct in use of voice, video, and data communications systems.
  • 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.
  • Manage user access to systems and equipment through account management and password administration.
  • Monitor and analyze system performance, such as network traffic, security, and capacity.
  • Order or maintain inventory of telecommunications equipment for customer premises equipment (CPE), facilities, access networks, or backbone networks.
  • Prepare purchase requisitions for computer hardware and software, networking and telecommunications equipment, test equipment, cabling, or tools.
  • Prepare system activity and performance reports.
  • Provide user support by diagnosing network and device problems and implementing technical or procedural solutions.
  • Review and evaluate requests from engineers, managers, and technicians for system modifications.
  • Supervise maintenance of telecommunications equipment.
  • Test and evaluate hardware and software to determine efficiency, reliability, or compatibility with existing systems.
  • Use computer-aided design (CAD) software to prepare or evaluate network diagrams, floor plans, or site configurations for existing facilities, renovations, or new systems.
  • Work with personnel and facilities management staff to install, remove, or relocate user connectivity equipment and devices.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Analyze project data to determine specifications or requirements.
  • Analyze security of systems, network, or data.
  • Collaborate with others to determine design specifications or details.
  • Conduct research to gain information about products or processes.
  • Coordinate project activities with other personnel or departments.
  • Coordinate software or hardware installation.
  • Create electronic data backup to prevent loss of information.
  • Develop models of information or communications systems.
  • Document network-related activities or tasks.
  • Document operational activities.
  • Document operational procedures.
  • Document technical specifications or requirements.
  • Estimate time or monetary resources needed to complete projects.
  • Evaluate new technologies or methods.
  • Evaluate project designs to determine adequacy or feasibility.
  • Identify information technology project resource requirements.
  • Implement security measures for computer or information systems.
  • Install computer hardware.
  • Install computer software.
  • Maintain computer hardware.
  • Maintain contingency plans for disaster recovery.
  • Maintain the inventory of equipment.
  • Monitor the performance of computer networks.
  • Provide technical support for computer network issues.
  • Teach others to use computer equipment or hardware.
  • Test computer hardware performance.
  • Troubleshoot issues with computer applications or systems.
  • Update knowledge about emerging industry or technology trends.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Chief Signal NCO (Army - Enlisted)
  • Client Systems (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Client Systems Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Client Systems Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Client Systems Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Client Systems Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Communications Chief (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Communications-Electronics Networking (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Cryptologic Technician Maintenance (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Transport Systems (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Transport Systems Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Transport Systems Apprentice, Data Links (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Transport Systems Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Transport Systems Craftsman, Data Links (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Transport Systems Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Transport Systems Helper, Data Links (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Transport Systems Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cyber Transport Systems Journeyman, Data Links (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Data Systems Administrator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Data Systems Chief (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Designated Telecommunications Systems Engineer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Information System Technician (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Information Systems Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Information Systems Technician Submarines (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems Engineer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Military Intelligence (MI) Systems Maintainer/Integrator (Army - Enlisted)
  • Network Chief (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Network Engineering Officer (Marine Corps - Warrant Officer only)
  • Network Infrastructure Systems (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Network Infrastructure Systems Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Network Infrastructure Systems Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Network Infrastructure Systems Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Network Infrastructure Systems Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Network Integration (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Satellite Communications Systems Operator-Maintainer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Satellite Transmissions System Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Satellite/Microwave Systems Chief (Army - Enlisted)
  • Senior Network Operations Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Signal Support Systems Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Signal Systems Support Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Signals Intelligence/Electronic Warfare/Cyberspace Operations Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Space and Waveform Integration Officer (Marine Corps - Warrant Officer only)
  • Spectrum Operations (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Spectrum Operations Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Spectrum Operations Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Spectrum Operations Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Spectrum Operations Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Telecommunications Operations Chief (Army - Enlisted)
  • Telecommunications Systems Engineer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Telecommunications Specialist