How to become an Electronics Engineer

Electronics Engineer

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

Personal requirements for an 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 an 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 an 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.

Tasks

  • Establishing and monitoring performance and safety standards and procedures for operation, modification, maintenance and repair of such systems.
  • Designing communications bearers based on wired, optical fibre and wireless communication media.
  • Designing and developing signal processing algorithms and implementing these through appropriate choice of hardware and software.
  • Designing software, especially embedded software, to be used within such systems.
  • Analysing communications traffic and level of service, and determining the type of installation, location, layout and transmission medium for communication systems.
  • Supervising installation and commissioning of computer, communication and control systems, and ensuring proper control and protection methods.
  • Designing electronic components, circuits and systems used for computer, communication and control systems, and other industrial applications.
  • Developing apparatus and procedures to test electronic components, circuits and systems.

Employment Opportunities for an 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.


Specializations

Electronics Engineer

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

  • Average age
    Average age
    43 years
  • Future Growth
    Future Growth
    Decline
  • Gender Share
    Gender Share
    6% female
  • Average full-time
    Average full-time
    43 hours
  • Weekly Pay
    Weekly Pay
    $2,502
  • Skill level rating
    Skill level rating
    Very high skill
  • Unemployment
    Unemployment
    Lower unemployment
  • Full-Time Share
    Full-Time Share
    89% Full-Time
  • Employment Size
    Employment Size
    4,100 workers
  • Employment Size
    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%
  • Employment Size
    Age brackets
    15-19: 0.1%
    20-24: 3.5%
    25-34: 22.6%
    35-44: 26.5%
    45-54: 25.5%
    55-59: 10.7%
    60-64: 6.8%
    65 and Over: 4.5%
  • Employment Size
    Education level
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma: 11.5%
    Bachelor degree: 52.3%
    Certificate III/IV: 6.8%
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 23.8%
    Year 10 and below: 0.6%
    Year 11: 0.2%
    Year 12: 4.6%
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