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what experience do I need to become a telecommunications engineer

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Danny’s Answer

Hey Drake,
I would recommend enrolling in Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering - these will give you a good overview of the concepts involved in Engineering as a whole, which in turn will help you understand what its like being a telecommunications engineer. In addition to these, you can also pursue a Network Engineering course (such as a basics to Networking) to help you get started being familiar with the concepts involved there. You can also search online for a networks/telecommunication intro course, and then take other courses after that which go more specifically into all o the topics mentioned
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Brett’s Answer

Hi Drake,
Electrical Engineering would be the best route for getting involved with Telecommunications Engineering. Network architecture and design are best learned through an engineering major and given some of my peers being involved in this area, electrical engineering seems to be the most common background. That said, "telecommunications engineer" is a pretty broad field, so service technicians and field ops are an area that can be of interest to some as well, not requiring an engineering degree but more of a hands on learning experience with some trade skills background can work as well.
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Tuan’s Answer

I would start with the CCNA certification. This is the very basic to computer science and how networks are form.
Once you have a CCNA certification, you can start to learn about various technologies such as:
1. 3g, 4g, 5g - different waves and frequencies
2. Fiber optics
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Kitty’s Answer

Hello Drake,
It would be ideal for you to look for a co-op or internship opportunity with a telecommunications company. Some companies offer these opportunities for high school students, as well as mainly for college students (who are studying electrical engineering, computer science, machine learning or similar field.) These positions are even being offered virtually, due to the pandemic. It would be a great way to get real-world, hands on experience, working on challenging projects while learning from professionals in the industry. Many companies post these opportunities within their careers website. Good luck to you!
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Arman’s Answer

For self-learning, the more comfortable you are with Linux the better you will be able to learn telecommunications engineering skills. For a background on education beneficial to telecommunications engineers search for university network engineering or telecommunications degree programs and review their curriculums. Even if you don't enroll in the program, the overview and curriculum can indicate to you what subjects are most important. Finally, as with any career, you can learn what skills employers seek by searching for job postings of that career and reading the required and preferred qualifications.
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Thierry’s Answer

Hello Drake, as mentioned in previous responses, the field of Telecommunications Engineering is fairly broad and therefore there might be several path and valid options. I started my career building a lot of features on top of telecommunication networks. Over the years more and more of the network functions moved to software. Therefore my recommendation is to start with a solid computer science degree and then specialize in the aspects of the telecommunications engineering you might be most attracted to like network protocols or security or applications making up the telecommunication network. This is a field that is constantly evolving and that will keep you learning for many year hence the recommendation to first focus on the foundations.
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Syed’s Answer

Hi Drake,

I got into the telecommunications industry after getting an Electrical Engineering degree and most of my colleagues have similar educational background. But I also know a lot of people who first got experience with radio communication systems while serving in the military and then used that experience to land a job in the telecom industry. Good luck!
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Rajender’s Answer

A telecom engineer is a communications professional who designs, develops, and maintains computer networks and computer software used in the telecommunications industry. They ensure that all telecom services and devices function as required, and perform phone system installation, maintain wireless devices, routers, IT networks, cable systems, optical fiber, and other telecom technologies and equipment. These engineers have expert knowledge in telephone and communication networks, as well as voice, video, and data communications systems.
Most telecom engineers have a bachelor's degree or an associate's degree in computer science, IT, electrical engineering, or a related field. They should be adept at problem-solving and also have strong math skills and some experience in the telecom industry. A telecom engineer should also possess strong organizational, analytical, troubleshooting, and teamwork skills.
Telecommunications engineers or telecom engineers are expert in managing data such as voice, video, calls, and text over different modes of communication. They are responsible for the designing & installation of the telecommunications equipment and ensure the data transmitted over wired or wireless communication is of high-quality. The telecom engineering field varies from radio and television to Satellite, computer networks the internet, and optical fiber.

Apart from these, the telecom engineer job description encompasses the following –
1) Design, install & troubleshoot the telecommunications systems.
2) Work with the complex network & switching systems.
3) Configure networks to ensure smooth transmission of data that fulfills the objective of the organization.
4) Oversee new and existing telecom equipment’s, hardware and software upgrades.
5)Evaluates technical issues related to computer, server, network, voice and resolve it at the earliest.
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Kyle’s Answer

Drake,

I would start computer science, programming or electrical engineering. I personally started with Electrical Engineering and then focused on Radio Frequency classes. I have been part of the network engineering team for 25 years and we design new locations for cell sites and evolve our existing sites to be able to offer our customers the best experience possible. The field is fascinating and it would not have been possible without my degree.
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Karl’s Answer

If you are interested in telecommunications, I would recommend starting with a degree in electrical engineering and look for classes which focus on telecom. Often those classes will give you some ideas on which specialty you may want to focus on. Focusing on soft skills such as problem solving, public speaking, and overall communication skills will help set you apart.
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