Communications network technician


A communications network technician is responsible for managing and maintaining communication systems and networks. This includes ensuring reliable data transfer, monitoring network performance, ensuring data security, maintaining equipment inventory, and troubleshooting of the network.

Lifecycle stages

Operations and maintenance.

Typical employer

EPCI contractor or subcontractor.

Place of work

Onshore in an office. Travel for inspection may be required.

Typical working pattern

Full-time. Flexible working arrangements may be available.

Education, training and qualifications

Minimum NFQ level 7, in a relevant field such as network infrastructure, systems engineering, computer science is required.

Experience (1-2 years) as a communications network technician, including technical expertise and knowledge of communication systems. Good knowledge of communication cables and cabling techniques, and familiarity with international standards is required.

International graduate and apprenticeship schemes are available at NFQ level 7 and NFQ level 3.

Typical entry position & transferable sectors

Entry roles can include IT or telecommunications roles, especially in marine or offshore environments.

Highly transferable from similar industries such as aviation, naval and defence, and transportation.

Career possibilities

Communications network technicians can progress on as a senior network communications technician and various IT management roles.

Full time salary estimate

€40,000 (entry level communications network technician) -€90,000 (IT Manager) per year, depending on experience.