Electronics EngineerJob Description:
Electronics engineers design and develop systems for industry, from mobile communications to manufacturing and aerospace.Job Category:
What you will do:
You could research, design and develop electronic components and equipment in a range of industries, for example:
- telecommunications – mobile phones, radio, TV and satellite communications
- data communications – PCs, tablets and cashpoints
- scientific research – acoustics, optics, physics and nanotechnology
- medical instruments – clinical and laboratory equipment
- defence – communications, navigation and weapons systems
- aerospace – avionics, radar, navigation and communication systems
- manufacturing – programmable logic controls (PLCs) and industrial machinery
Your day-to-day duties will include:
- assessing new developments or innovations
- preparing technical plans using computer-aided engineering and design software
- estimating manufacturing and labour costs, and project timescales
- co-ordinating the work of technicians and craftspeople
- testing prototypes and analysing data
- making sure projects meet safety regulations
- planning and overseeing inspection and maintenance
You’ll often work on a project with a team of engineers, technicians and IT staff. You’ll follow electrical health and safety regulations.
- science skills
- maths knowledge
- knowledge of physics
- knowledge of engineering science and technology
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
As well as:
To become an Electronics Engineer in the UK, you should focus on GCSE subjects that provide a strong foundation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), such as:
- Mathematics: Mathematics is a core subject for engineering disciplines, including Electronics Engineering. It is crucial for complex calculations, problem-solving, and design considerations.
- Physics: Physics provides fundamental principles related to electricity, magnetism, and electronics, which are essential in understanding electronic circuits and devices.
- Design and Technology: This subject can provide insights into engineering design principles, materials, and manufacturing techniques used in electronics.
- ICT (Information and Communication Technology): Familiarity with digital tools and software is essential for electronic circuit simulations and computer-aided design (CAD).
- Additional Science (optional): While not mandatory, studying Additional Science or specialized subjects like Electronics or Electrical Engineering can provide a deeper understanding of electronics principles.
- English (optional): Strong communication skills are important for understanding technical documents and collaborating with engineers and colleagues.
After completing GCSEs, continue with post-16 qualifications, such as A-levels or equivalent, focusing on subjects such as Mathematics, Physics, and Design and Technology.
Apply to an accredited university or college to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or a related field. During your undergraduate studies, you will learn about electronic circuits, signal processing, and microelectronics.
Seek internships or work placements with electronics companies or engineering firms to gain hands-on experience and apply theoretical knowledge to real-world projects.
Join relevant professional organizations and consider pursuing postgraduate studies or professional development courses to further enhance your knowledge and skills.
Working Hours and Environment:
You’ll usually work around 40 hours a week. You may work longer to meet project deadlines.
You’ll usually work in an office or a lab. You may work in factories, workshops or outdoors.
Career Path & Progression:
With incorporated or chartered engineer status you could:
- move into project management roles
- specialise in research, such as telecommunications, robotics or
- work as an engineering consultant
You could also move into patent law.