Electronics Engineer

As an electronics engineer you could be working with high-level technology in a range of sectors

Electronics engineers may design, develop and test components, devices, systems or equipment that use electricity as part of their source of power. These components include capacitors, diodes, resistors and transistors.

You may be involved at any stage of a project including the initial brief for a concept, the design and development stage, testing of prototypes and the final manufacture and implementation of a new product or system. You’ll usually work in cross-functional project teams with colleagues in other branches of engineering.

Work can be found in a variety of areas as electronics are used in many things including:

  • acoustics
  • defence
  • medical instruments
  • mobile phones
  • nanotechnology
  • radio and satellite communication
  • robotics
  • security systems and equipment

Types of electronic engineering

You could specialise in a particular subfield of electronic engineering such as:

  • control engineering;
  • instrumentation;
  • signal processing;
  • telecommunications engineering.


Your exact duties may vary depending on the industry, but in general you may need to:

  • discuss proposals with clients;
  • work with colleagues to design new systems, circuits and devices or develop existing technology;
  • test theoretical designs
  • follow defined development processes
  • systematically improve the detailed design of a piece of electronic equipment
  • ensure that a product will work with devices developed by others, can be made again reliably, and will perform consistently in specified operating environments
  • create user-friendly interfaces
  • ensure safety regulations are met
  • carry out project planning and prepare budgets
  • supervise technicians, craftspeople and other colleagues

The tasks you’re responsible for will depend on the level at which you’re working.

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