How to Become a Wireless Engineer

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Pursuing a career in wireless engineering is rewarding, as the work is fascinating and the field of wireless technology is growing. After all, you could be on the forefront of the 5G revolution and help change the way people live their lives.

Moreover, within the field of wireless technology, you can find a successful career track as either a wireless engineer or wireless technician, so your career options within the industry are expansive.

In this article, we discuss what you’ll need to do to excel in the wireless technology field. Specifically, we discuss the following:
  • The general requirements one needs to become a wireless engineer and wireless technician
  • Why you should consider additional professional development training in the field
  • How you can receive 5G and wireless training with Qualcomm Technologies to help advance your career.

Requirements for Becoming a Wireless Engineer

Wireless engineers work on a variety of projects, such as ensuring strong internet performance, inventing the next generation of wireless technology, and everything in between. While the term “wireless engineer” is broad, you will need the following credentials in general to excel in the field:
  • A bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science, IT, or a related quantitative field
  • For more advanced positions, a master’s degree may be required.
  • Strong data analysis skills
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Strong foundational knowledge of wireless communication and wireless technology, which you can receive through various online training programs

Requirements for Becoming a Wireless Technician

While some aspects of working as a wireless technician are similar to working as a wireless engineer, the core responsibilities of most wireless technicians are to a) provide maintenance and repairs for wireless devices and b) help build and repair wireless communication infrastructure. In general, you will need the following credentials to succeed as a wireless technician:
  • Associates degree in engineering, computer science, or a related quantitative field
  • For more advanced positions, a bachelor’s degree may be required.
  • Knowledge of circuit theory, digital electronics, computer troubleshooting, and other wireless-related technical topics
  • Strong foundational knowledge of wireless communication and wireless technology, which you can receive through various online training programs

5G and Wireless Communication Training for Professional Development

In addition to the general requirements discussed above, we recommend enhancing your resume and improving your chances of being noticed by employers by completing additional training in wireless communication. While getting the appropriate degree for your field is important, it is just as important to ensure your skills are up-to-date and that you show employers that you have received as much training for the job as possible.

For information on how you can receive 5G and wireless training through the Qualcomm Wireless Academy, read on below.

Receive Training with the Qualcomm Wireless Academy

The Qualcomm Wireless Academy is the educational and training branch of Qualcomm Technologies, a world leader in 5G technology and wireless innovation. We provide premium training within several areas of the wireless engineering field, including 5G, LTE Advanced, C-V2X, WiFi, and more. We have courses for business professionals, engineers new to the field, and experienced wireless engineers. We also offer a corporate training program for companies looking to optimize their 5G capabilities.

Students and trainees can take many of our courses online through our eLearning program, which offers dozens of online courses for those who prefer a more flexible learning style. For more information or to sign up for a course either as an individual or a company, please reach out to us at qwa@qti.qualcomm.com.

About the Author – Vikram Malhotra

Vikram Malhotra is a Senior Director of Program Management at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and oversees the Qualcomm Wireless Academy. He has more than 20 years of leadership experience within Qualcomm, much of which has involved the supervision of 5G training for engineers around the world. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the New York Institute of Technology and an MBA from San Diego State University.