Radio frequency engineering RFEN


Designing, installing and maintaining radio frequency (RF) based devices and software.

Guidance notes


Activities may include - but are not limited to...

  • evaluating and selecting devices and software
  • integration radio frequency sub-systems into larger systems
  • calibrating, tuning and maintaining devices and software
  • reception, transmission and conversion of data between analogue and digital devices, in accordance with applicable industry and geographical regulatory standards
  • developing, integrating and configuring antennas, readers and transmitters in hardware or software forms, including software defined radio (SDR), radio frequency identification (RFID), near field communication (NFC), Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

Applications of this skill include...

  • wireless LAN networks
  • wireless communication systems for voice, data and image - cellular radio systems, global positioning systems and military communications networks
  • navigation and sensor systems

Radio frequency engineering: Level 6


Specifies radio frequency equipment performance requirements and sets maintenance policy. Contributes to international and industry standards and regulations related to radio frequency usage.

Radio frequency engineering: Level 5


Develops maintenance schedules and procedures. Approves equipment upgrades and modifications. Monitors system performance, recommends equipment modifications and changes to operating procedures, servicing methods and schedules. Reviews industry and national standards on related RF protocols and regulations. Measures and evaluates the effectiveness of RF devices and software. Reviews and contributes to national and industry standards related to radio frequency usage.

Radio frequency engineering: Level 4


Investigates and resolves system-wide fault conditions using a wide range of diagnostic tools and techniques. Reconfigures equipment to circumvent temporary outages. Specifies, selects and integrates RF devices in a system. Defines internal communication protocols for transmission over the available frequencies. Integrates RF devices with software applications. Reconfigures devices and software to optimise performance.

Radio frequency engineering: Level 3


Deploys, sets up, tunes and calibrates RF devices and software following maintenance schedules and using appropriate tools and test equipment. Incorporates hardware/firmware modifications. Interprets automatic fault/performance indications and resolves faults down to discrete component level or escalates according to given procedures. Implements communication protocols between system elements in accordance with defined standards. Integrates RF devices with software applications, incorporating dynamic reconfiguration of elements under software control to optimise their operational performance.

Radio frequency engineering: Level 2


Assists with setting up, tuning and functional checks of radio frequency devices and software. Resolves faults down to line replaceable unit (LRU) level or escalates according to given procedures. Carries out user confidence checks and escalates faults according to given procedures. Integrates RF devices with software applications using static configurations.