Introducing Telecommunications Engineering.
What is Telecommunications Engineering?
Telecommunications infiltrate and permeate every aspect of 21st century life.
From the humble telephone in the corner to the GPS navigation systems, wireless internet and beyond. Telecommunications Engineering focuses on development, design and maintenance of voice and data communications systems – optical fibre, satellite, wired, unwired, and the encoding, encryption and compression of data. The Blackberry is old; 3G is dead, Torrent downloads take too long – the world is moving to 4G, wireless sensors networks, body area networks, and ‘smart’ meters.
Cutting edge developments are occurring throughout the world of telecommunications as we speak.
What will you learn and how will it be applied in the real world?
You will learn
Your course will commence with the foundations of electronic engineering and computer systems, programming, physics, mathematics, statistics and data systems.
In second year you will add electronic devices and circuitry, signals and systems, digital system design, operating systems and machine principles and build on principles mastered in Year 1.
Year 3 sees data communications, electronics, photonics and digital signal processing added to your portfolio plus electives which enable you to specialise in your area of choice.
In Year 4 you will move on to digital communications systems, a project and practical experience to prepare you for real world application of your knowledge.
You will apply your knowledge in projects such as:
4G WiMAX mobile technology – 4G is in its development phase and promises to provide features such as higher data rates to transmit photos and live pictures and with the coverage of a cellular mobile.
Projects feature the development of RF propagation planning and network dimensioning tools.
Wireless sensor networks – projects include applications for environment monitoring, gas pollution readings, and soil moisture measurements for agriculture (used both by industry and media) and smart meters for utilities such as power and water (meters which provide detailed information on environmental parameters and effectively take their own readings).
Wireless sensor medical applications utilising a body area network, remote blood pressure readings etc as a pre-op process for hospitals and subsequent patient monitoring.
Wireless sensor projects include increasing the transmission range of current receivers and increasing the range of applications through design, channel coding and routing protocols.
After your first degree
Start with your Telecommunications undergraduate degree either as a standalone or part of a combined program and branch out. Masters by coursework and research and doctoral programs are available to further enhance and increase your knowledge.
What career opportunities are there in this field?
There are worldwide career opportunities in our global village. Anything requiring the transmission of information across channels via wired or unwired means utilises telecommunications engineering.
Career opportunities abound with :
- Telecom providers such as Telstra, Optus Unwired, Vodafone, AAPT and vendors like Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Nokia, NEC
- Computer companies such as Microsoft, IBM, Google
- Telecom security, standards and regulations
- Network management
- Telecom research and application of that research in CSIRO, NICTA and universities
- Multimedia and IT companies
- Design of equipment and telecom devices
- Military and defence applications
And areas you may not immediately consider – engineering involves technical expertise and high level project management skills which can lead to careers in technology development and business management. Also combined programs with Science, Arts, Commerce, Medical Science and Law can lead to further rewards and challenges.
For information about Telecommunications Engineering contact:
School of Electrical and Information Engineering
For information on how to apply for the Bachelor of Engineering in any discipline go to Degree Information.