An electronics engineer studies design and perform testing of electronic circuits, which are composed of resistors, transistors, diodes and capacitors. Electronics engineers use these components to allow electronic equipment to function. Electronics engineer create, develop, install maintain and troubleshoot electronic systems and equipment. They are the ones usually operating and maintaining complex systems like television transmissions and equipments. Their expertise is invaluable in the fields of defense, aerospace, commercial electronics, medical technology and telecommunications among others. Electronics engineers use the movements and effects of the electron on matter and apply them into practical and useful applications. They have been important pioneers in technological research and growth.
Electronics engineers study, create, design, and test electronic products, systems and components for industrial needs. They develop and implement procedures in testing a wide range of products. Electronics engineers manage engineering staff in designing test control instruments and equipment. Electronics engineers supervise operations in the field and within the office, as well as monitor installations and maintenance of electronic equipments. They assess operational systems currently in use and recommend the best modifications if malfunctions are constantly reported. Electronics engineers perform research in the development of new electronic engineering practices and technologies, particularly in in-demand fields like the military, telecommunications and medicine. Once they develop new engineering techniques, they utilize computer-aided engineering, design, software, applications and other equipments in testing, development, quality control and production.
Education and Training Requirements
A Bachelor of Science degree in electrical or electronics and communications engineering or in electrical engineering is required. In the US, new graduates of a BS degree must complete the ‘Initial Fundamentals of Engineering’ exam. Once they pass, they will be given the designation of ET (engineers in training) or EI (engineer interns). After at least two years of relevant experience on the field, and passing the last exam for electronics engineers, the ETs and EIs would receive licenses to work as electrical engineers.
Knowledge and Skills Requirements
A creative, inquisitive, and analytical mind is required to be a successful electronics engineer. Communication and teamwork skills are also essential.
Electronics engineers work in well-lighted, cozy offices. They may also work in workshops and factories. They may travel to sites and companies doing installation and servicing. They have regular working hours but may required to work long hours, evenings and weekends due to deadlines.
An electronics engineer makes $73,000 annually on average. Factors such as size of company, location, nature of the industry, benefits and experience may cause salaries to vary considerably among electronics engineers.