Study Telecommunication Engineering Technology

Career Outcomes

Radiocommunications Technician (313211): currently on Medium and Long-term Strategic Skill List (MLTSSS)

Telecommunications Technician (342414): currently on Regional Occupational List (ROL)

Industry Overview

Technicians and trade workers perform a variety of skilled tasks, applying broad or in-depth technical, trade or industry specific knowledge, often in support of scientific, engineering, building and manufacturing activities. (Source: ABS)

Telecommunications Technology includes cabling, wireless, switching, transmission, radio frequency, optical communications, media and internet protocol networks. Workers in this sector are likely to either work as contractors or to be embedded in a large telecommunications company. The highest proportion of the total workforce in the Telecommunications Services industry group is in the occupation of Telecommunications Trades Workers (National Industry Insights, 2020).


Average weekly earnings:  $1,656 per week

Mode of work: Most work full-time (85%)

Hours per week: full-time workers spend around 43 hours/ week at work.

Age: the average age is 40 years

Gender: 4% workers are female


Qualification Needed 

Workers usually need a certificate II or III in telecommunications technology. 

Course Overview

Studies in telecommunication engineering technology will teach you how to locate, diagnose and rectify faults, prepare design drawings and specifications for cable installations, test cable bearers and much more.

Course Requirements

Most institutions require completion of Australian Year 11 or 12 (or equivalent), as well as a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 with no band score less than 5.


A 2-year packaged technical course costs between $14,000 and $18,000 per year, depending on the institution.

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