Work profile of a Electronics Engineer

Did you as a child disassemble electronic toys and try to put them back again? Do you enjoy assembling small transistor radios using knocked down kits. If the answer to these questions is yes then you should be looking at a career as an electronics engineer.

Electronics engineer studies, designs and oversees production of consumer electronic equipment such as radios, televisions, computers and washing machines, to high-end electronics equipment like dish antennas, communication satellites, radar systems etc.

Your work includes:
• Developing and designing electronic products
• Construction and manufacturing of equipment
• Production process control
• Testing of new electronics components and equipment
• Installation and commissioning of products
• Maintenance of products
• Sales and marketing of products

Problem solving will be an important part of your job. You will use theory and your own ideas to work out why things are not working. You will be a link between the technicians on the production line and the design engineers.

The field of electronics has developed so quickly, and increases in complexity so much, that people tend to specialise because there is no way you can know everything. You will normally specialise in one work area of the electronics such as research and development, designing, testing, monitoring production, or marketing. You will make extensive use of computers as well as equipments such as oscilloscopes and voltmeters.

Expertise wise also, you will be specialised in one of the fields in Electronics like Digital Signal Processing, Industrial Electronics, Digital Electronics, Aviation Electronics, Fibre Optics and Light wave Engineering, Microwave Electronics, Microelectronics, VLSI Design, Telecommunication Engineering, Power Electronics, Integrated Circuits, Communication & Radar Engineering, Control Engineering and Instrumentation, and Medical Electronics.

Although most of the time you will be working indoors in the workshop or the factory you may also have to travel to worksites to handle installation of electronics equipment. Most of the
electronic product manufacturing facilities and research and development establishments are air-conditioned and dust free as electronics is a precision engineering and needs a controlled environment.