How to become a Electronics Engineering Associate

Electronics engineering associates conduct and assist with the research, design, manufacture, repair and maintenance of advanced electronic equipment and systems. Electronics engineering associates usually have a range of duties that lie between trade and professional engineer levels.

Personal requirements of a Electronics Engineering Associate

  • enjoy technical and engineering activities
  • good with hands
  • good at mathematics
  • able to identify, analyse and solve problems
  • capacity for accurate, careful work
  • good communication skills
  • able to work independently or as part of a team
  • good eyesight (may be corrected) and normal colour vision
  • able to work systematically.

Duties & Tasks of a Electronics Engineering Associate

Electronics engineering associates may perform the following tasks:

  • help electronics engineers to develop, design, test, manufacture, assemble and maintain electronic equipment and associated circuitry such as radio, television, communications, and process-control equipment and computer systems
  • assist engineers with the research and design of process-control and instrumentation systems, communication systems, robotic systems, and computer and other electronic systems
  • prepare drawings, plans and diagrams for electronic engineering work
  • test electronic instruments and equipment, and repair or replace faulty parts
  • construct and test prototype electronic devices
  • perform difficult and complex calibrations, tests and adjustments
  • collect and analyse data, carry out complex calculations and prepare reports
  • estimate materials, costs and quantities
  • look at designs and installations to check they conform to specifications, drawings, contracts and regulations
  • select, start up, operate and maintain electronic equipment including computer-controlled and complex telecommunications equipment.

Working conditions for a Electronics Engineering Associate

Depending on the area of specialisation, work may be carried out in remote localities or require some shiftwork. Electronics engineering associates usually work in a team with engineers, technologists and tradespeople.

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