Career outlook for electronics engineer
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would design and develop the electronic components used in a huge variety of equipment, from mobile phones and computers to aircraft navigation systems.
You could work in a wide range of industries, for example
- Telecommunications - mobile phones, radio, TV and satellite communications
- Datacommunications - computers, tablets and ‘hole-in-the-wall’ cash machines (ATMs)
- Scientific research - acoustics, optics, physics and nanotechnology
- Medical instruments - clinical and laboratory equipment
- Military - communications, navigation and weapons systems
- Aerospace – avionics, radar, navigation and communication systems
- Manufacturing - programmable logic controls (PLCs) and industrial machinery
You’d do research and come up with ideas for improving the electronic equipment or systems. Then you’d work with a team to create the new component and test how well it works.
- Assess new ideas to see if they are workable
- Prepare technical plans using computer-aided engineering and design software
- Estimate the costs of labour and production for a project
- Estimate timescales for a project
- Coordinate the work of technicians and craftspeople
- Test prototypes and analyse data
- Make sure that projects meet safety regulations
- Plan and oversee inspection and maintenance schedules
You would often work on a project with a team of engineers, technicians and information technology (IT) staff.
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- Verbal communication
- Working with technology
- Written communication
- Problem solving
- Working with numbers
- Attention to detail
- Developing a plan
- Making decisions
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