Cellular Network Field Engineer


Card information

This occupation is found in the telecommunications cellular network infrastructure sector including managed services and maintenance. The emergence of long-term evolution (LTE) and 5G technology has brought a new skill set requirement to the cellular industry. With wireless telecommunication providing a cost-efficient solution for the transportation of voice, video and data, cellular network field engineers provide an essential role in supporting the UK’s 5G rollout, thereby facilitating a reduction in the UK’s carbon footprint and its drive to carbon zero. 

The role of a Cellular Network Field Engineer is to develop, maintain and optimise cellular network and its infrastructure within a highly regulated and controlled environment. Cellular Network Field Engineers lead installation of complete wireless mobile solutions, including complex DC and AC electrical systems, fibre cabling, active radio modules and multi-mode fibre systems. This person will usually act as a technical lead within communications and rigging teams and will be capable on independent working (unless in a safety critical role such as working at heights which requires a minimum of two qualified persons). 

Cellular network field engineers are highly skilled leaders of the field-based team who install and maintain 4G and 5G electrical and electronic technology on masts in a range of locations and environments. These include: green field rural site locations, urban rooftop site locations, urban street work site locations, and small cell site locations (shops & offices). 

Eligibility and requirements

To be eligible for a Cellular Network Field Engineer card, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. You must have successfully completed the Level 4 Cellular Network Field Engineer apprenticeship standard, and
  2. Hold a current ECS Health, Safety and Environmental Assessment or exemption. For details visit the ECS H&S Assessment page.

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