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: • 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.

Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT ACT 4.3%


NT NT 2%

QLD QLD 16.9%

SA SA 1%

TAS TAS 0.8%

VIC VIC 23.4%

WA WA 17.7%

Hours worked:



Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 88.8%

Female 11.2%

Education level:

Age brackets:

15-19 - 2.4%

20-24 - 5.6%

25-34 - 24.2%

35-44 - 30.5%

45-54 - 17.6%

55-59 - 11.6%

60-64 - 6.2%

65 and Over - 1.7%

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

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