Telecommunications technicians set up and maintain telecommunications hardware. Examples include equipment that carries a communications signal, connects to telephone lines, or connects to the internet. Telecommunications training generally includes coursework in electronics and working with computers.
The telecommunications skills necessary for these jobs include both the technical aspects of repairs and maintenance as well as attention to detail. These details, as described by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, may include everything from actually working on the equipment to maintaining accurate records. Analytical skills are also important for helping to identify and solve problems clients may have with their equipment and to identify and defend against system intruders. Many businesses deal with large amounts of sensitive client information. As a result, telecommunications technicians also work to ensure information stored on servers and other business equipment is secure.
Online Telecommunications Course Structure
Students can expect to take a variety of highly technical coursework in order to gain the telecommunications skills necessary for this demanding and fast-paced career. These are often project-based so students can demonstrate proficiency in the core concepts. According to a review of course curricula, subject may include:
- Telecommunications economics and regulatory law
- Advanced Wireless Service (AWS) and Personal Communications Service (PCS) implementation
- Planning, maintenance and repair of both local-area and wide-area networks as well as training in a variety of Internet and intranet systems.
- An overview of UNIX and LINUX operating systems to help understand the design and organization of these OS
- Cybersecurity and digital business
Like many careers involving newer technologies, it's likely the actual hardware and software being used will be upgraded and/or replaced with new systems over the course of time. The ongoing evolution of these systems means that students can expect to participate in telecommunications training throughout their careers to ensure they are up-to-date with the latest technology.
Types of Online Telecommunications Courses
Telecom technicians may have to possess certification to perform certain tasks or work with specific equipment, which typically have training courses associated with them. Telecom certification courses can come in a variety of different formats including traditional classroom instruction, online virtual classes, online self-study and boot camp courses.
Organizations such as the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) offer some relevant certifications. Some manufacturers may also provide certifications for technicians who will be working with their own equipment.
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"Master of Science in Telecommunication," Boston University Metropolitan College, July 27, 2014, http://www.bu.edu/met/programs/graduate/telecommunication/
"Master's Program in Telecommunications," University of Maryland, July 27, 2014, http://www.telecom.umd.edu/current/degreereqs
"Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers Except Line Installers," Bureau of Labor Statistics, July 27, /2014, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/telecommunications-equipment-installers-and-repairers-except-line-installers.htm#tab-1
"SCTE Training Courses," Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers, August 25, 2014, http://www.scte.org/courses/#engineeringcert
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