Hello? Anybody there? Ju… Ahh… Bad reception. I got no bars. that’s awful. Telecommunications engineers. They’re important.
They’re the ones keeping us all connected. Without them, no internet, no radio,
no banking and no phones. Imagine that. So if you’re into networking,
quite literally, this could be the job for you. (Voice coming from tin phone)
Hello? Hello? Sir, you there? Do you still want that pizza? Yes please. Networks and systems are how our daily lives are connected. And as a telecommunications engineer your job
is to plan, design and build these networks as well as analyse potential problems
and develop all sorts of software. Sound complicated?
Well that’s why I’m here at Bankwest to talk to an expert. – Richard!
– Hans! – Oh mate, good to meet ya!
– Nice to meet ya, how are you? What’s that? That looks complicated! – Ah it’s really quite simple.
– Yeah for you, but then you’re a telecommunications engineer. – That’s right.
– What is that? Tell me about your career. So I’m a network engineer and I work for Bankwest.
And we build, design and maintain all the network infrastructure that connects
all your phones, PCs and servers together. Alright, so what’s like a typical day for you?
What sort of jobs do you get up to? A typical is a normal office day, nine to five. We do a mixture of project and operational work. So the project work would be building new infrastructure, new projects, when the bank might require a new technology
to be implemented or a new site to be built, we’ll design the infrastructure for that. And then the operational work would be resolving faults
that might occur, you know, hardware failures. Capacity management. Making sure that none of our
network infrastructure gets over utilised. Basically your job is to connect people,
connect computers, connect phones, make sure all those connections
are working properly, right? That’s right. So all your phones, PCs, servers
connect now through the network that we build. Dude, your like the most important in the world
‘cause I’m on my phone everyday, I love you. OK so how did you get into it in the first place? So I always had a passion for technology. I loved
pulling things apart and investigating how they worked. I went through high school. Did my TEE.
Kept my doors open. Did chemistry, physics and maths. Ended up going to Curtin University and
studying a Bachelor of Technology. From there I developed a passion for networking
infrastructure, I got exposed to it through university, and then I ended up landing a job at an ISP. Alright, challenges. What is difficult about this job? One of the biggest challenges, and one of the things
I love doing, is getting presented with a complex problem and resolving it with an elegant solution. OK time for the Edge questions, here we go. Number one: If I want to become a telecommunications
or a network engineer, what do I have to do? So there’s two ways about it. You can go through
university, study some science or some engineering. Or a common way for people to enter this industry is to
go through your Cisco certification and become a CCNA. What sort of person’s gonna
be best suited to doing what you do? You need a passion for technology, number one.
Most important thing and it’ll see you through. Other than that, you need strong analytical skills,
the ability to work within a team and a passion to keep learning throughout your career. Cool! And finally, if you could’ve got a piece of advice when you first
started, what do you wish that somebody had told you? So you have a passion for something?
Follow it wholeheartedly. Put your career on it.
It’s gonna reward you at the end of the day. – So if you have a bit of interest you go for it!
– That’s right. You hunt that down! – Am I stuffing it up? Huh? huh?
– No it’s all good (Laugh) Ooh I did stuff it up. That’s embarrassing. (Voice coming from tin phone)
– So that was four pepperonis and…
– I don’t need you anymore. Because the world has moved on and
telecommunications engineers are keeping us all connected, and if this sounds like a career that you could be into,
you need more information. Whatever stage you’re at in your career,
you can get on the Career Centre website for investigation, exploration planning your next step. (Voice coming from tin phone)
Sir do you still want your pizza? How are you still working?