Several universities offer undergraduate and graduate programs specifically in telecommunications engineering; others may offer electronics engineering programs with concentrations in communications. Undergraduate programs typically prepare graduates for entry-level positions as engineers; graduate programs may ready engineers for research or teaching careers. Graduate-level certificate programs in telecommunications engineering also exist; these programs are designed for established engineers who want training in the telecommunications discipline.
Here are some common concepts taught in telecommunications classes:
- Business strategy
- Law and ethics
- Resource management and power control
List of Courses
Digital Communications Course
Telecommunication engineers are working more with digital communications because of the increased use of digital devices. A course in digital communications provides a student with training in transmissions, modulation, coding and other characteristics of a digital system. Students may investigate the Ethernet, routing and other aspects of a digital network. This area of study is offered as its own major or certification.
System and Signal Identification Course
Another entry-level course that introduces students to the basics of how communication systems work offers information on time signals, system analysis, linear operations, fundamental matrix and diagramming. Students learn about the basic operations of a system that may be useful as they begin to work on troubleshooting and repair in their careers.
Wireless Communications Course
A wireless communications course usually falls in the third year of a program and allows a student to explore the concepts, designs and aspects of a wireless communication system. Wireless communications is a growing field and telecommunication engineers need to be fluent in this type of system. In this course, students learn about radio frequencies, antenna function, satellite applications, cellular transmissions, wireless local area networks and design principles. Students learn about networks, including communication between networks and network development.
Statistics and Probability Course
A statistics and probability course is an advanced mathematics course offered during the third year of a program. This course is an extension of mathematics courses taken early in the degree program in calculus and trigonometry. This course goes in-depth, teaching students about random variables, probability density, cumulative distribution function, Bayes theorem and statistics. Students may conduct hypothesis testing and explore various theories related to probability and statistics. Engineering requires a strong mathematical background and this course offers the advanced level of study needed in this career.
Networking Technology Course
A networking technology course teaches students about networks. This includes wireless, data, voice, Internet and satellite networks. Students learn about regulations, standards and key concepts of networks. Some courses may offer training in setting up networks, providing security for a network or troubleshooting network issues. This course is offered towards the end of a program.