How to become an Electronics Engineer

Electronics engineers design, develop, test and maintain electronic parts and systems used in computers, communications, navigation, industry and entertainment.

Personal requirements of a Electronics Engineer

  • Aptitude for technical activities
  • Good leadership skills
  • Able to identify, analyse and solve problems
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Enjoy computing and technical design
  • Practical and creative
  • Able to work independently and accept responsibility

Education & Training for a Electronics Engineer

To become an electronics engineer you usually have to study electronic engineering at university. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, chemistry and physics are normally required. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information.

Duties & Tasks of a Electronics Engineer

Electronics engineers:

  • design circuits for electronic control systems and instrumentation
  • prepare and supervise designs, specifications, estimates, tenders and contracts
  • program and operate computers to assist with complex calculations
  • determine the type and arrangement of circuit parts and develop testing equipment and methods
  • determine the type of installation, location, layout and transmission medium by assessing communication traffic and levels of service at installations
  • determine and monitor performance, safety standards and methods for modification, maintenance and repair
  • check installations to ensure they meet contract conditions
  • research new applications of technology
  • talk to clients, other engineers, technical officers, technicians, tradespeople and other workers.

Employment Opportunities for a Electronics Engineer

Electronics engineers work in industries such as communications, aviation, defence, robotics, information technology, biomedical engineering and meteorology. Employment opportunities exist with federal, state and territory government departments and authorities. Electronics engineers are also employed in private industry developing equipment for various industrial purposes; in hospitals; in radio and television stations; in the manufacture of electronic equipment, particularly in the computer field; and as sales engineers. Some may work in research laboratories and in universities and colleges undertaking research and teaching, while others set themselves up in business as consultants. The Australian Defence Force offers specialisation as a Navy Electronic Engineer to assist in monitoring and managing ships’ communications, radar and weapons systems.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT 3.5%

NSW 29.3%

NT 1.2%

QLD 13.2%

SA 9.2%

TAS 0.9%

VIC 30.8%

WA 11.9%

Hours worked:



Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 94%

Female 6%

Education level:

Highest qualification is secondary school: 4.6%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 6.8%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 11.5%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 52.3%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 23.8%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.1%

20-24 - 6.1%

25-34 - 26.8%

35-44 - 22.6%

45-54 - 19.5%

55-59 - 8.2%

60-64 - 7.1%

65 and Over - 9.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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