Electronics Engineer

Average Salary: £30,000 - £35,000
Competition: LOW-MID
Years Experience: 2-5 years

Job Summary

An Electronics Engineer designs and develops electrical components and systems that can be used in products, machines and equipment. They tend to focus on much smaller electronic circuits than Electrical Engineers, such as in mobile phones, medical instruments and robotics. Pretty cool we would say!

Duties

Usually you’ll find Electronics Engineers work within the telecommunications, power companies and manufacturing sectors. Nowadays with the growing use of electronic parts and systems, the sectors that Electronics Engineers find themselves in are ever-expanding! Yes, they are spreading like a rash! Generally, they will have the following job responsibilities:

  • Understanding a client’s needs and requirements and assessing whether the project is feasible
  • Determining project costs and timescales, implementing appropriate budgets
  • Creating new designs of electronic components, systems and devices, according to specifications
  • Carrying out tests of design prototypes and analysing the data results
  • Evaluating electronic systems and advising on any modifications and repairs
  • Ensuring that projects meet health and safety standards and regulations

Key Skills & Characteristics

An Electronics Engineer should:

  • Have excellent communication skills, whilst being able to explain complex ideas clearly
  • Use their creativity to problem solve effectively
  • Have an analytical mind with an attention to detail
  • Possess strong planning, organisation and time management skills
  • Be able to manage budgets

Entry Routes

If you’re looking to become an Electronics Engineer, your best bet is to complete a degree in Electronic or Electrical Engineering. Though, completing a relevant degree in Engineering such as Mechanical Engineering or Communications Engineering may also entice employers. No matter the specific subject, it will be useful if the degree is accredited by a professional body such as the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET). If you wish in the future to achieve the status of Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng), the accredited degree will quicken up the process.

Work experience, whether internships or work placements are always welcomed. But there are plenty of cases of which individuals have completed their degree and gone straight into a graduate role. But as with many graduate roles, they are competitive.

Job Progression

Junior Electronics Engineer

Electronics Engineer

Senior Electronics Engineer

Design Engineering Manager

Director of Engineering

Advice From Our Experts

The Good

  • Variety – You’ll never get the same project to complete
  • Ever-Learning – You’re always learning new things and developing your skills
  • Creative – The career allows you to express and implement your ideas

The Bad

  • Updating Skills – Constantly have to update your skills, which can be frustrating
  • Stressful – It can get quite stressful when you are unable to find a solution to an occurring issue
  • Unpredictable – The workload can be quite unpredictable, which is not ideal if you like routine