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Communications engineer

A communications engineer is responsible for the research, design, development and production of communications equipment/systems.

Communications engineering encompasses modes of communication such as satellites, radio, internet and broadband technologies and wireless telephone services. The telecoms field continues to expand, with more and more gadgets and service providers on the market. The role of communications engineer can take on a managerial or technical direction; both areas demand a huge level of technical understanding. They provide expertise and services to telecommunications companies and manufacturers. Self-employment via consultancy/contract work is possible for those with several years’ experience.

Work activities

  • Providing technical support.
  • Designing, producing and modifying designs.
  • Managing/working in a team of engineers.
  • Liaising with clients, customers and directors.
  • Undertaking site surveys.
  • Producing disaster management plans.
  • Interpreting data and writing reports.
  • Testing systems.

Work conditions

Travel: is sometimes necessary for national/international meetings.
Working hours: typically 9 to 5.
Location: in towns and cities throughout the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Seven of the world’s leading ICT companies have bases in the Republic of Ireland.

Entry requirements

Communications engineers generally have a good honours degree in a relevant subject, such as electrical/electronic engineering, physics, computer science or telecommunications. Engineers Ireland lists accredited programmes.