Apprentice RF/DAS Building Services Engineer

Vilicom Uk Limited
Unit 7, Tessa Road, Reading, RG1 8HH
£20,000.00 annually
01 Jun 2021
09 Aug 2021
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date
Primary responsibilities:
  • Contributing to the design and delivery of projects by initially working to assist engineers and subsequently developing into an independent role through project work, training, college studies, and research
  • Customer focus and client management, and development of these skills
  • Continuous Professional Development involving enhancement of technical skills and knowledge of new technology

Day-to-day tasks will include;
  • Data logging by Walk and Drive testing
  • Post processing walk/drive test logs and issuing engineering reports
  • Installing DAS wireless equipment using any combination of external and internal antennas, coaxial cable, CATV cable, fibre optic cable, CAT 6 cable and other appropriate cables
  • Carry out DAS Implementation and design surveys for different types of venues
  • Installation and termination of cables and DAS components
  • Installation and commissioning of vendor Base Stations
  • Completing Sweep, PIM and Fibre testing on DAS systems
  • Communicating and coordinating with customer and company related to specific safety, best practices and company installation requirements
  • Carry out quality control of engineering documentation and site survey measurement results
  • Calibration and inventory management of test equipment
  • Drawing up plans using computer-aided design and building information modelling software
  • Carrying out tests on systems and making changes to plans where necessary
  • Making sure that all building services meet health and safety requirements and environmental legislation
  • Liaising with electricians, surveyors, architectural technologists and other construction professionals
  • Promoting energy efficiency and other sustainability initiatives
  • Designing the layout of energy distribution, ventilation systems and identifying relevant material

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • An interest in Engineering, Telecommunications, Wireless Systems, and Buildings.
  • Basic Computer Skills.
  • Full Clean Driving Licence as this role will involve working on different sites

Personal qualities

  • Customer Focus
  • Functional/Technical Knowledge/Skills
  • Communicating Information
  • Project Management - Planning/Organising
  • Commercial Awareness
  • Professional Development
  • Drive for Results
  • Adaptability and Responding to Change

Desired qualifications

Apprenticeship candidates will have at least three A levels at Grades A*-C including mathematics and Physical Science (either Physics or Chemistry) or will have completed a level 3 Apprenticeship BTEC National Diploma in a relevant field.

Candidates are also required to start the programme holding a L2 maths and English qualification (GSCE or equivalent grade A*- C / new tariff grade 4 or above).

Future prospects

We continue to grow our company, delivering wireless solutions and the opportunities associated with wireless to buildings and large infrastructure projects; the potential is vast, we currently deliver WIFI, 3G, 4G and are beginning 5G mobile deployments.

Upon completion of this apprenticeship we expect the individual to be available for one of a range of senior roles, specialising in Project Management, Engineering Design, or Build Management.

Things to consider

Our projects all involve delivering an on-site wireless solution which is built into the building/infrastructure. A large part of our surveying, implementation, project management, and testing are all carried out on site. Detailed design, Report writing, and team meetings are the primary functions when office based.

Not all our projects are in very cool buildings such as premiership stadia and large airports - but many of them are!