Preparation for Life and Work,
IT Telecommunications Engineer Level 3
The UK Telecommunications industry is growing, the UK gov’s pledge to upgrade broadband connections across the country has caused a boom in private contractors able to take small and medium sized telecoms networking contracts. Aim2Learn have designed 2 BTEC courses that give learners all the knowledge they need to join this industry as a telecommunications engineer. Our level 3 BTEC for telecoms follows up our level 2 course and goes into greater detail about each of the topics and the practical techniques you’ll use as a telecoms engineer.
Our Level 3 Telecommunications Engineer BTEC qualification is the next step for our level 2 qualified learners on the way to their new career in telecoms. On completion, you will be fully qualified to undertake copper and fibre optic cable installation projects to the current industry standards and codes of best practice.
This course will provide a top up of technical knowledge and professional skills to the level 2 course and ensure you are ready to enter the industry as a telecoms engineer.
Please bear in mind, to get training fully funded by the UK government:
- You need to have lived in the UK for at least 3 years,
- Not have a qualification higher than the level you’re doing.
Qualified learners will understand the properties, structures and components included in fibre optics telecoms networks. They will be able to prepare, install and maintain fibre optic cable components and understand the quality standards required when installing fibre in people’s homes.
Qualified learners will be able to use industry test equipment to the testing standard BSEN 50346. Learners are trained in MOD tap testing and in tone and probe to identify faults in the copper network to allow for a speedy solution to be found.
On completion, you will have knowledge of basic principles in telecommunications covering simplex, duplex and semi duplex communications, OHM’s Law and binary code. You’ll have trained the theory and practiced new techniques on our specially designed practical cabinets.
In addition, we ensure learners also have a good understanding of network cabling UTP, STP and FTP, cable management and working out Decibel Loss from TX to RX.
We start with the components, properties and essential knowledge needed to work on copper and fibre optic telecommunications networks. Then we teach learners how to work safely, at the standard expected by employers. We support theory learning with hands-on practice with the tools and components. Our students learn how to test for faults in a network and make fixes. Our tutors walk learners through a typical job application process and help with CV writing and interview preparation. Our internal team liaise with end employers and give successful learners an exit interview to ensure they’re ready to start their new career.
Routes to employment
You will be able to carry out tasks such as planning an installation to meet customer requirements and be capable of working alone or in a team to meet all customer expectations. We provide training that ensures completion of work to a high standard including a comprehensive customer hand over, before finalising all reports from Risk assessments to sign off paperwork.
This program is a must for learners who are looking to enter a telecom engineering career with recognised qualifications and certification. It’s a continuation of our level 2 qualification, delving into greater detail of the theory and giving learners greater experience with practical hands-on learning.
Telecommunications day to day
Working full time as a telecommunications field engineer, you can earn between £25,000 as a junior telecoms technician, up to and over £40,000 as an experienced telecoms engineer.
Engineering work takes place on typical hours. Around 39-41 hours a week, from 8-5, with chance to earn a little more from on-call and out-of-hours work.
Engineers will usually travel in their areas, responding to maintenance calls and completing scheduled improvements to internet and telephony networks. Completing and logging their daily tasks progress themselves.
The trade offers great opportunity to learn and grow, earning higher salaries or taking on different kinds of work, giving those who stick with it a rewarding career.
Common Daily tasks
As a telecoms engineer, you could:
- set up mobile, fixed communications and data networks;
- repair lines and equipment on mobile masts and antennae;
- lay and test underground and underfloor cabling;
- find and fix faults, including using software remotely;
- design, build and test components and equipment;
- communicate with customers in person, on the phone or online.
Potential Career Pathways in Telecoms:
- Telecommunications engineer
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- Computer Hardware Engineer
- Computer Service Technician
- Internet/Web Professional
- IT Product Developer
- IT Technical Sales Specialist
- IT Trainer
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Class room & Practical
Systems Architecture, Analysis, & Design
Copper and Fibre Installation
Professionalism & Industry Standards
Planning, Implementation and Maintenance of IPTV Delivery Systems
IT/Technology Solution Testing
Health and Safety