MTN South Africa: Regional Switch Engineer

Posted on :

18 Jul, 2010

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Engineering Jobs in South Africa

The MTN Group Limited (MTN Group) is a leading provider of communication services, offering cellular network access and business solutions. The MTN Group is listed in South Africa on the JSE under the Industrial – Telecommunications sector.

Launched in 1994, the MTN Group is a multinational telecommunications group, operating in 21 countries in Africa and the Middle East. As at the end of December 2006, MTN recorded more than 40 million subscribers across its operations.

The MTN Group operates in: Botswana, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville), Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia, Iran, Afghanistan, Benin, Cyprus, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Republic, Liberia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

MTN South Africa is looking for an Engineer: Regional Switch

Job mission

Mission/ Core purpose of the Job:

•To ensure that all routine maintenance procedures are executed, all escalated hardware and link faults are resolved immediately. And the housekeeping and company standards are followed.

KPA duties

1. Executes all routine maintain procedures

2. Control contract (Ericsson) Installation and testing of expansions and new builds.

3. Ensure an environment of encouragement and stability.

4. Follow and maintain the company standards

5. Control all company assets, and manage AXE spares

6. Use technical ability to resolve the escalated hardware and link faults

7. Ensure that housekeeping is followed and the switching centers are free of hazards

8. Use own transport for after hour emergencies pertaining to the network failure due to:

a) Hardware and link faults escalated by the SMC.

b) Control of contractors on site for various switch installations and testing.

c)Scheduled and Unscheduled overtime.

Be on standby for any emergencies that might require any assistance from you.

Educational requirements


•Minimum qualification is a National diploma N6, S4, T3 in electrical light-current/electronics/communication engineering. Higher National diploma or degree will be advantages or BSC Engineering

•Code 8 EB drivers licence

Experience required


• Minimum 3 years experience in the GSM Telecommunications environment.

Skills required

Skills / physical competencies:

1.Transmission knowledge

2.Problem Solving

3.Industry Knowledge

4.Stress management

5.Time management

6.Relationship management

7.Knowledge of department values, policies and procedures

8.MTN vocabulary

9.Network architecture

10.GSM protocols

11.GSM Hardware topology

12.Ericsson equipment

Other information

Reference No:  ERS003

Position Type:   Permanent

Affirmative Action:          Open to All



Behavioural qualities:

•Self-Disciplined, motivated, energetic self –starter with an exemplary work ethos.

•Proven initiative and innovation with the ability to work under stress while meeting deadlines.

• Excellent communication skills with the ability to motivate

• Be of sober disposition.

Overtime duties are essential.

• Minimum requirement is a current EB code 8 drivers licence.

• Computer skills – Laptop with dial up facility to configure BTS equipment.

Regional Switch Engineers are required to have their own mode of transport, preferably a vehicle. This is important because they are required to be on call and attend to night switch activities for various reasons. They are on call for a week on a rotational basis, depending on the number of Engineers in that specific Switch and number of Switches under their care.

During this period, the Switch Engineers are responsible for:

1.On site control of all switch activities and building facilities during the day and night in all the Switch Centres (monitoring of contractors).

2.Scheduled and Unscheduled Overtime: Most switch expansions and testing on life equipment happen at night, and Regional Switch Engineers are required to be present on both occasions,which means they have to use their own vehicles to go to work normally during the day and at night for night activities.

3.Callouts: Regional Switch Engineers on call are required to attend to any faults escalated from the SMC to maintain the network integrity. These faults range from AXE Hardware to transmission faults, and have to be localised on site and resolved as soon as possible.

Regional Switch Engineers are in titled to a travel allowance to be able to undertake their tasks and responsibilities.

Applications close 20 Jul 2010.

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