Telecommunications Engineer (Civil Service Vacancy)

Salary: Master Pay Scale Point 32 (HK$66,945 per month) to Master Pay Scale Point 44 (HK$105,175 per month)

Entry Requirements:

Candidates should have -

(a) Corporate Membership in Electronics, Electrical or Information Discipline of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers elected after 5 December 1975, or equivalent; and

(b) met the language proficiency requirements of 'Level 1' results in the two language papers (Use of Chinese and Use of English) in the Common Recruitment Examination (CRE), or equivalent [See Notes (1) to (3)].

Candidates are expected to -

(a) have good analytical abilities, communications and interpersonal skills; and

(b) be self-motivated and able to work under pressure to deliver quality outputs and meet tight schedules.

Proficiency in Putonghua would be an advantage.

Recruitment written test:

Eligible candidates will be invited to sit for a written test in Hong Kong on a fixed date before the selection interviews.  The written test is an essay-type written paper comprising English and/or Chinese questions which aims at assessing candidates' technical knowledge, communication and analytical skills as well as organisation abilities. 

As it takes time to process all applications, an invitation to the written test does not imply that the candidate's qualifications meet the entry requirements of the post of Telecommunications Engineer. 

Duties:

A Telecommunications Engineer is mainly deployed on executing the following duties -

(a) licensing of telecommunications systems and services under the Telecommunications Ordinance and satellite systems, and coordination of satellite networks;

(b) spectrum planning and assignment of radio frequencies for the provision of radiocommunications services;

(c) provision of technical advice on the control and regulation of telecommunications and broadcasting services in Hong Kong;

(d) provision of support in telecommunications infrastructure development, setting of telecommunications standards, type approval and certification of telecommunications equipment;

(e) classification of import/export licence applications under the Import and Export (Strategic Commodities) Regulations; and

(f) training and supervision of technical staff.

Notes:

(1) Candidates who have sat for the CRE for more than one time should submit the best valid CRE results they have obtained.

(2) (i) The results of the Use of Chinese (UC) and Use of English (UE) papers in the Common Recruitment Examination (CRE) are classified as Level 2, Level 1 or Fail, with Level 2 being the highest.

      (ii) For civil service appointment purpose, Level 5 or above in Chinese Language of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE); or Grade C or above in Chinese Language and Culture or Chinese Language and Literature of the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE), are accepted as equivalent to Level 2 in the UC paper of the CRE. Level 4 in Chinese Language of the HKDSEE; or Grade D in Chinese Language and Culture or Chinese Language and Literature of the HKALE, are accepted as equivalent to Level 1 in the UC paper of the CRE.

      (iii) Level 5 or above in English Language of the HKDSEE; or Grade C or above in Use of English of the HKALE; or Grade C or above in English Language of the General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) (GCE A Level), are accepted as equivalent to Level 2 in the UE paper of the CRE. Level 4 in English Language of the HKDSEE; or Grade D in Use of English of the HKALE; or Grade D in English Language of the GCE A Level, are accepted as equivalent to Level 1 in the UE paper of the CRE.

      (iv) Applicants with an overall band of 6.5 or above with no subtest score below band 6 obtained in the same sitting in the Academic Module of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within the two-year validity period of the test result are accepted as equivalent to Level 2 in the UE paper of the CRE. The IELTS test result must be valid on any date during the application period (i.e. from 14 September 2018 to 4 October 2018).

(3) Candidates who do not possess the requisite CRE results, or equivalent, but have filed an application for the coming CRE to be held on 6 and 13 October 2018 in Hong Kong or will file an application for the coming CRE to be held on 8 December 2018 outside Hong Kong may also apply. They will only be considered for appointment subject to their obtaining the requisite CRE results in the aforesaid examination. Applications for taking CRE outside Hong Kong will be called from 22 September to 5 October 2018. Details of the application procedure is available in Civil Service Bureau's homepage at http://www.csb.gov.hk). Candidates should indicate they have filed/will file an application for the concerned CRE in the submitted application form [G.F. 340 (Rev. 3/2013)]. As the Office of the Communications Authority will request the concerned candidates to update their latest CRE results by email in the course of the recruitment process, candidates should ensure that their email address provided on the application form is accurate and should pay attention to the relevant email (if applicable).

(4) For the purpose of heightening public awareness of the Basic Law (BL) and promoting a culture of learning of BL in the community, applicants for civil service jobs will be assessed on their BL knowledge. The BL test result will constitute an appropriate weighting in a candidate's overall assessment.

Terms of Appointment:

A new recruit will normally be appointed on civil service probationary terms for three years.  Upon passage of probation bar, he/she may be considered for appointment on the prevailing permanent terms.

How to Apply:

Application Forms [G.F. 340 (Rev. 3/2013)] are obtainable from any Home Affairs Enquiry Centres of District Offices, Home Affairs Department or any Job Centres of the Employment Services Division, Labour Department.  The said form can also be downloaded from the Civil Service Bureau's website (http://www.csb.gov.hk). 

Completed application forms submitted in person or by post, together with copies of (i) letter on result of CRE or results of equivalent examinations [See Notes (1) and (2)]; and (ii) official transcripts and certificates of academic and professional qualifications obtained from institutions, should reach the contact address below on or before the closing date for application.  Applicants should attach a separate sheet to the application form setting out their employment record, as well as a detailed account of their relevant experience and skills.  Applicants who do not provide this separate employment record may not be considered for written test and/or selection interview.  Please specify on the envelope "Application for the post of Telecommunications Engineer".  To avoid delayed or unsuccessful delivery of applications by post, please ensure that the correct address is clearly printed or written on the envelope and sufficient postage has been affixed before posting.  Mail items bearing insufficient postage will not be delivered to the Office of the Communications Authority and will be returned to the sender or disposed of by the Hongkong Post, where appropriate.  Applicants will bear any consequences arising from paying insufficient postage.  Applicants may also apply online through the Civil Service Bureau's website (http://www.csb.gov.hk).  Applications submitted by fax or e-mail will not be accepted. 

For applicants who apply on-line, they should submit copies of the required supporting documents and the separate sheet on employment record by post to the contact address below or send the scanned copies of the above to the e-mail address (ofca_pr@ofca.gov.hk) on or before 11 October 2018.  The on-line application number should be quoted on the envelope and copies of supporting documents or quoted in the e-mail sent.

If candidates fail to provide the supporting documents as required, their applications will not be considered.  Applicants are encouraged to provide their email addresses on the application forms. Candidates who are selected for written test and/or selection interview will normally receive an invitation (by email or by post) in about six to eight weeks from the closing date for application. Those who are not invited for written test and/or selection interview may assume that their applications are unsuccessful.

Contact Address and Enquiry Tel. No.:

Personnel Registry, Office of the Communications Authority, 20/F., Wu Chung House, 213 Queen's Road East, Wanchai, Hong Kong.  (Tel.: 2961 6719).

Closing date for Application:

4 October 2018

Newspaper(s) Advertised (with date(s)):

Ming Pao Daily News (14 September 2018 and 28 September 2018),
HK Economic Times (21 September 2018) and
South China Morning Post (15 September 2018 and 22 September 2018)

General Notes:

(a) Candidates must be permanent residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at the time of appointment unless specified otherwise.

(b) As an Equal Opportunities Employer, the Government is committed to eliminating discrimination in employment. The vacancy advertised is open to all applicants meeting the basic entry requirement irrespective of their disability, sex, marital status, pregnancy, age, family status, sexual orientation and race.

(c) Civil service vacancies are posts on the civil service establishment. Candidates selected for these vacancies will be appointed on civil service terms of appointment and conditions of service and will become civil servants on appointment.

(d) The entry pay, terms of appointment and conditions of service to be offered are subject to the provisions prevailing at the time the offer of appointment is made.

(e) The information on the maximum pay point is for reference only and may be subject to changes.

(f) Fringe benefits include paid leave, medical and dental benefits, and where appropriate, assistance in housing.

(g) Where a large number of candidates meet the specified entry requirements, the Office of the Communications Authority may devise shortlisting criteria to select the better qualified candidates for further processing. In these circumstances, only shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend the written test and/or interview.

(h) It is Government policy to place people with a disability in appropriate jobs wherever possible. If a disabled candidate meets the entry requirements, he/she will be invited to attend the written test and/or selection interview without being subject to further shortlisting. Applicants who have declared disabilities found suitable for appointment may be given an appropriate degree of preference over other applicants whose suitability for appointment is considered comparable to that of the former. The Government policy and other related measures on employment of persons with disabilities are set out in the booklet "Employ People Based on Their Abilities - Application for Government Jobs by Persons with Disabilities" which is available for reference on the Civil Service Bureau's website at http://www.csb.gov.hk under "Administration of the Civil Service - Appointments".

(i) Holders of academic qualifications other than those obtained from Hong Kong institutions/Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority may also apply but their qualifications will be subject to assessments on equivalence with the required entry qualifications. They should submit copies of their official transcripts and certificates by mail to the above contact address.

(j) Civil service vacancies information contained in this column is also available on the GovHK on the Internet at http://www.gov.hk.

(k) Towards the application deadline, our on-line system will likely be overloaded due to large volume of applications. To ensure timely completion of your on-line application, it is advisable to submit the application as early as possible.