National code: ICT50220

Diploma of Information Technology (Telecommunications Network Engineering)

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Overview About this course

Develop specialist skills and knowledge within the telecommunications industry to go on to roles like a telecommunications technician or network support technician. Use your problem solving skills to optimise, test and troubleshoot optical devices, network equipment, WAN links and IP services.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Lead and facilitate a team

  • Test and optimise cell phone or network equipment performances

  • Work with routers, WAN links, IP servers and switches

  • Manage client problems

Course Outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • The ability to manage ICT projects

  • Experience testing the performance of specialised optical devices

  • A sound understanding of troubleshooting and providing service support

  • Potential credit towards the Advanced Diploma of Information Technology

  • Specialised skills within the IT industry

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • This course is offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.

  • That you have achieved a Year 12 high school certificate or an equivalent as evidenced by a copy of your certificate or

  • That you have achieved a Certificate III in Telecommunications Technology as evidenced by a copy of your certificate or transcript or

  • That you have recent or current work experience in the Information Technology telecommunications field as evidenced by a letter of support from your employer or your resume or

  • Before your first day of class you must complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test and achieve a score of x across the five bands of literacy and x across one band of numeracy. This helps us to determine that your skills match the demands of the course, to direct you to an alternative study option or to provide you with the appropriate support for your success. Your teacher will let you know when this must be completed.

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Commitment and drive to manage a heavy course load

  • Adequate time to complete course work and additional study outside of class hours

  • Access to a desktop PC, laptop or equivalent computing device and a strong internet connection

  • Experience in handling tools and equipment

  • The ability to work outdoors in varied climatic conditions

  • If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like:

Database and Systems Administrators, and ICT Security Specialists

Database and Systems Administrators, and ICT Security Specialists plan, develop, maintain, manage and administer organisations' database management systems, operating systems and security policies and procedures to ensure optimal database and system integrity, security, backup, reliability and performance.

  • Full-time share Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).

    94%

  • Employment size Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.

    16,500 workers

  • Average age This is the average age of all workers in this job.

    41 years

  • Weekly pay Median earnings are shown for full-time, non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax or any amounts that are salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide to earnings only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.

    $2,000

  • Average full-time The average full-time hours that people in this role work each week.

    41 hours

  • Skill level rating Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job roles. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job.

    Very high

  • Gender share

    21% female

  • Future growth The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business estimates the likely change in number of workers in this role, or industry, over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change compared to all other job roles.

    Moderate Growth

Other jobs include: Telecommunications technician, Network support technician, Telecommunication engineer, Field technician, Hardware technician, ICT service technician, IT systems technician and Onsite support technician

Licensing

There are many career pathways and opportunities to choose from when you graduate from the Diploma of Information Technology (Telecommunications Network Engineering). It’s important to check the licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements relating to your future career by visiting ACMA or your state licensing body.

Study pathways

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Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Diploma of Information Technology (Telecommunications Network Engineering) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 20 Units of competency, including 6 core and 14 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Match ICT needs with the strategic direction of the organisation ICTICT517

  • Originate and develop concepts BSBCRT512

  • Lead and facilitate a team BSBXTW401

  • Apply IP, ethics and privacy in ICT environments ICTICT532

TAFE NSW Services Facilities and Support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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