Telecommunications engineer

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Job Title: Telecommunications Engineer
Name: Arvin
Age: Mid-20s

“ICT gives me the opportunity to go out on a limb and come up with new ideas and designs. It's challenging."

Tell us what do you do, Arvin.

I’m a Telecommunications Engineer. I work with large companies, on big projects. My role is very broad. I play a part in consulting, development, design, construction, maintenance, fault management, programming, approval and analysis.

What do you like about your job?

The responsibility and I like making important decisions that have a large impact. This job also gives me the opportunity to go out on a limb and come up with new ideas and designs. It's challenging.

What’s an average day all about?

I monitor systems and respond to events - things like an alarm or a fault or any information that is sent to us. I usually have to work under tight deadlines and sometimes even have to get helicopters out to distant or remote locations to save time!

What skills do you need for your job?

The skills required are diverse - I enjoy that about my job. At RMIT I studied fibre optic design, radio design, computer systems, hardware, software engineering, basic programming and Internet programming. I use all of that knowledge in my job right now.

ICT. Where did it all begin for you?

As a kid I already had a passion for computers and electronics. When I got my first computer I started playing around with programming. By Year 8 I knew that I wanted to get into Communications Engineering.

I finished my VCE, with mainly math and science subjects. I didn't study ICT in Year 12, as I was more interested in Physics and Chemistry. Next I went on to complete a Bachelor of Engineering (Communication, Computers and Electronics) at RMIT.

Aside from studying I also gained hands-on experience working part-time at Time Zone as a technician fixing video games, before starting my own business in both computer repairs and graphic design.

What’s next for you and your career?

Eventually I would like to move into a management or high-level consultation role.

What advice would you give to someone considering a career in ICT?

Firstly, you need to be a lateral thinker and have the ability to think logically and sequentially. Secondly, choose a course that is recognised internationally. But above all, love what you do.

Find out more about this career path at myfuture.edu.au (new window) (Note: free registration is required to access the myfuture site).