The personal attributes needed for a telecommunication engineer is good communication skills, organisational ability, skills in evaluating situations, making quick decisions and solving problems. Excellent analytical and teamwork skills is a necessity, as is a sound knowledge of both computer hardware and software. They should possess a creative and inventive mind, an eye for detail, sustained attention and be very adept in public speech, technical writing and project management. Besides these, good knowledge of science, mathematics and strong background in computer hardware and C-language programming is very essential for the telecommunication engineer.
A course on telecommunication teach students on various telecommunication devices such as mobile phones, cable TV, satellites, computer networking, radar, navigation etc. Particular emphasis is placed on wireless communication, mobile telephony, GSM architecture, internet protocol media system, CDMA, GPRS network, symbian operating system, voice over internet protocol, designing optical networks and understanding and designing data network etc.
The career prospects for Telecom engineers are increasing rapidly both in India and abroad because of the boom in this industry. Telecommunication Engineers are concerned with establishing communication by means of telephones, telegraphs, radar, radio, tele printers etc. Their work deals with designing, manufacturing, operating, maintaining, installing and troubleshooting of telecom devices. Telephone industry, computer industry, microwave radio systems, satellite communications, earth stations using satellite dishes, cellular phone industry, fiber optics communication systems etc. are some of the areas which provide job opportunities to the Telecommunication Engineers.
Plenty of job opportunities are available for graduates in the telephone industry. They could be employed as engineers/ test engineers, software/ application engineers, product managers, customer support staff, installers/ repairers, power reactor operators, power distributors/ dispatchers and many more. Cable and satellite networks, information and broadcasting sectors , railways or police wireless organizations, aerospace industry, telecommunication service providers, mobile phone service providers are some other areas that one could get a job. They can also find employment in this field as design development, production, quality assurance, sales, servicing and software engineers.
Graduates with excellent talent in designing, installing and troubleshooting telecom networks are in great demand in telecommunication companies such as VSNL, Airtel, Vodafone, BSNL, Reliance, Tata Indicom, Nokia, Siemens, Motorola etc. They can work as Telecom hardware and software engineer, telecom system solutions engineer, real-time computer systems developer, performance optimizer, DSP chip design engineer, image processor, video engineer, artificial intelligence and neural network engineer.
Research and Development : Telecommunication engineers can work in the field of research and development, which involves testing and conducting studies on new materials and chemical interactions.
Production : The production engineers are engaged in developing and building the materials, machinery, assembly line operations and quality standardization.
Sales and Marketing : Telecommunication engineers with the ability to understand customer needs, evaluate potential applications and advise on matters regarding marketing can work in the field of sales and marketing.
Teaching : People with excellent academic record, great communication skills, great interest in teaching, and excellent command over the subject can work as teachers in this field. They are responsible for completing the syllabus of the students within the stipulated period and should handle all type of teaching work in accordance with the task.