Electronics Engineers

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics > Engineering and Technology

Projected Growth: Little or no change

9000+
Projected Job Openings

Considerable Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Research, design, develop, or test electronic components and systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use employing knowledge of electronic theory and materials properties. Design electronic circuits and components for use in fields such as telecommunications, aerospace guidance and propulsion control, acoustics, or instruments and controls.

Common job titles of Electronics Engineers include:
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Experience and Education

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.

  • 57.21% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 17.2% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.

Tasks & Responsibilities

Wondering what Electronics Engineers REALLY do throughout a day at work? Perhaps you should know what you’ll be doing all day before pursuing a career. So here are some tasks that Electronics Engineers can be found doing during the work day. Hover over each task for information about relevance and importance. Scroll further to find a list of other careers that have similar tasks.


Essential Tasks

    Confer with engineers, customers, vendors, or others to discuss existing or potential electronics engineering projects or products.

    Operate computer-assisted engineering or design software or equipment to perform electronics engineering tasks.

    Design electronic components, software, products, or systems for commercial, industrial, medical, military, or scientific applications.

    Research or develop electronics technologies for use in electric-drive vehicles.


Regular Tasks

    Recommend repair or design modifications of electronics components or systems, based on factors such as environment, service, cost, or system capabilities.

    Analyze electronics system requirements, capacity, cost, or customer needs to determine project feasibility.

    Determine project material or equipment needs.

    Plan or develop applications or modifications for electronic properties used in components, products, or systems to improve technical performance.

    Prepare budget or cost estimates for equipment, construction, or installation projects or control expenditures.

    Provide technical support or instruction to staff or customers regarding electronics equipment standards.

    Evaluate project work to ensure effectiveness, technical adequacy, or compatibility in the resolution of complex electronics engineering problems.

    Research or develop new green electronics technologies, such as lighting, optical data storage devices, or energy efficient televisions.

    Investigate green consumer electronics applications for consumer electronic devices, power saving devices for computers or televisions, or energy efficient power chargers.

    Prepare necessary criteria, procedures, reports, or plans for successful conduct of the project with consideration given to site preparation, facility validation, installation, quality assurance, or testing.

    Prepare engineering sketches or specifications for construction, relocation, or installation of equipment, facilities, products, or systems.

    Direct or coordinate activities concerned with manufacture, construction, installation, maintenance, operation, or modification of electronic equipment, products, or systems.

    Prepare documentation containing information such as confidential descriptions or specifications of proprietary hardware or software, product development or introduction schedules, product costs, or information about product performance weaknesses.

    Inspect electronic equipment, instruments, products, or systems to ensure conformance to specifications, safety standards, or applicable codes or regulations.


Occasional Tasks

    Represent employer at conferences, meetings, boards, panels, committees, or working groups to present, explain, or defend findings or recommendations, negotiate compromises or agreements, or exchange information.

    Prepare, review, or maintain maintenance schedules, design documentation, or operational reports or charts.

    Develop or perform operational, maintenance, or testing procedures for electronic products, components, equipment, or systems.

    Develop solar photovoltaic products, such as inverters or energy management systems.

What Tools and Technologies do Electronics Engineers use?

The future of work is gonna be… techy🤖. No matter the career path, you’ll have to understand what the experts use to get the job done. Employers want to see practical experience with these tools and technologies. Use these lists to figure out what tools you need to learn and see trends about up and coming tech. Scroll further to find a list of other careers that use similar tools.

Tools

Wave meters

Wattmeters

Programmable logic controllers PLC

Photometers

Personal computers

Oscilloscopes

Multimeters

All Tools

Microprocessors

Logic analyzers

Inductance capacitance resistance LCR meters

High-power pulsed lasers

Function generators

Electronics probes

Electronics counters

Desktop computers

Communication bus analyzers

Technologies

Agile Product Lifecyle Management PLM

Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS

ESRI ArcGIS software

Linux

Mathsoft Mathcad

Mentor Graphics PADS

National Instruments LabVIEW

All Technologies

OrCAD Capture

Python

Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software

Three-dimensional 3D computer aided design CAD software

Trimble SketchUp Pro

Two-dimensional 2D computer aided design CAD software

Xilinx Integrated Software Environment ISE

Ansoft Simplorer

Assembler

Cadence PSpice

Embarcadero Delphi

Formula translation/translator FORTRAN

Hewlett-Packard HP OpenVMS

McCabe Software TRUEchange

Microsoft Visual Basic.NET

Microsoft Visual C# .NET

Oracle DBMS

Rabbit Semiconductor Dynamic C

Real time operating system RTOS software

Synopsys Saber

The MathWorks Simulink

Verilog

Very high-speed integrated circuit VHSIC hardware description language VHDL

Visual Numerics PV-WAVE

Abilities

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Information Ordering

Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Spatial Abilities › Visualization

Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.

Everything Electronics Engineers Should Know…

Electronics Engineers typically have vast knowledge of the subjects below. Think about this a lot… if you’re not a fan of the subjects, chances are this career isn’t for you. But, there’s plenty of time to learn and continue to learn throughout your career 🎓

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology

Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Mathematics

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Design

Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Physics

Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Production and Processing

Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Mechanical

Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Telecommunications

Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

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