The purpose of the qualification is to provide learners with the necessary practical skills required to be employed in the telecommunication industry.
Learners who achieve this qualification are able to:
- Describe the principles of advanced mathematics.
- Explain the fundamentals of electronic communication.
- Describe the principles of communication systems and digital networks.
- Apply the laws of Boolean algebra and construct and investigate an electrical circuit consisting of logic gates and light emitting diodes (LEDs).
- Calculate the impedance of a series circuit consisting of inductance capacitance and resistance (LCR) and calculate the overall voltage gain of casade of amplifiers and attenuators.
- Draw and label diagrams relating to telecommunication systems.
- Investigate the design characteristics of modems and analyse the modulation schemes employed for the transfer of data.
- Describe basic elements and historical aspects of telephone networks, the routing of various types of call and the necessary systems and subsystems required.
- Prepare, from a building plan, a cable design which adheres to the latest version of ISO/IEC 11810 cabling standard.
- Describe the SDH/SONET systems.
- Describe the principles of radio systems.
- Plan a global system for a mobile communication (GSM) network.
- Use pseudocode following established programming principles.
- Plan, install and maintain telecoms equipment in a customer's premises.
- Carry out a pre-installation survey to premises.
- Carry out risk assessments to identify risks and prevent hazards.
- Accurately test and measure analogue and digital signals.
- Install high speed synchronous and wireless networks.
- Set up internet data centres.
- Adopt and maintain safe working practices above and below ground.
- Use specialist telecoms tools and equipment safely in accordance with national standards.
- Provide and maintain exchange equipment.
- Lay copper or fibre-optic cables internally or externally.
- Operate a telecoms plant.
This qualification has been designed to develop a broad range of skills appropriate to a person who is undergoing training or works in the telecommunication industry and who may also have some supervisory responsibilities. It brings together the theoretical and practical elements of telecommunication systems. Graduates of this qualification should have a well-developed knowledge of the technical and design principles of telecommunication systems enabling them to fulfil the role of technician/senior technician across a range of specialised disciplines.