Electronics Engineer

Electronics engineers research, design, produce, and test devices and systems that use electrical components such as capacitors, resistors and diodes. They study the way electricity is used to control equipment.

Electronics engineers may be involved in maintaining or developing applications for existing technologies, or in researching and creating new technologies. They work in a broad range of areas, including defence, medical electronics, nanotechnology, communications and robotics. Many find employment in the entertainment, transport and telecommunications industries; whilst others work as sales representatives or consultants for commercial electronics manufacturers.

Duties of the electronics engineer depend on the industry in which he or she works, but typical work activities may include:

  • Designing user interfaces for new and existing electronic devices.
  • Testing prototype designs using computer modelling software.
  • Monitoring project costs and developing cost-efficient production strategies.
  • Liaising with technicians and craftspeople.
  • Overseeing the manufacturing process of new products and conducting quality assurance assessments.

Students wishing to undertake a career in electronics engineering often pursue an undergraduate degree in electrical, mechanical, computer, or mechatronics engineering. Postgraduate qualifications, such as a master's or doctoral degree, may be required for research positions. For more information, refer to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).