In Summary - Electronic Engineer
Electronic Engineers typically work in the following Career Sectors:
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The Work - Electronic Engineer
In electronic work, engineers provide a very wide range of sophisticated electronic products to our homes and offices. These include personal computers, digital television, control systems for heating, cooking and washing, games machines and multimedia information systems.
Electronics engineers are involved in communications and information technology - fast growing global industries. They design, produce, install and maintain the transmitters, aerials and satellite equipment that modern telecommunications systems need. Because telephones, computers and televisions are all linking up to provide an ever-expanding range of services, electronics engineers are also working with the Internet.
Electronics engineers can also be found in the aerospace industry, designing, installing and maintaining navigation and control systems, and helping to develop the latest aircraft, satellites and space vehicles.
Electronics engineers research, design and manage the equipment used to control and monitor processes, systems and machinery in many different areas. For example, North Sea oil installations, the National Grid that provides electricity, processing plants and manufacturing industries have sophisticated control systems. For example, some electronic engineers work in manufacturing industries, using systems to control pressures and temperatures and to manage waste.
To research, design and develop an electronic product, engineers usually work in teams. They may use computer-aided design (CAD) to produce a computer image of the product they are working on. Next, engineers build a model of the new product (or version of an existing product). They test the model's reaction to different conditions, for example, temperature and stress; they modify the design if necessary.
When the model is ready, electronic engineers are responsible for producing a few samples of the new model in the laboratory, and then overseeing the start of production on a large scale. Engineers may also be responsible for dealing with any problems that come up during production. Electronics engineers may use their knowledge of products to solve any problems that customers report.
Developing an electronic product usually involves the engineer in working closely with others, including clients (to discuss their requirements and to exp
Most commonly reported Work Tasks
- Operate computer-assisted engineering and design software and equipment to perform engineering tasks.
- Design electronic components, software, products, or systems for commercial, industrial, medical, military, or scientific applications.
- Prepare engineering sketches or specifications for construction, relocation, or installation of equipment, facilities, products, or systems.
- Confer with engineers, customers, vendors or others to discuss existing and potential engineering projects or products.
- Analyze system requirements, capacity, cost, and customer needs to determine feasibility of project and develop system plan.
- Evaluate operational systems, prototypes and proposals and recommend repair or design modifications, based on factors such as environment, service, cost, and system capabilities.
- Develop or perform operational, maintenance, or testing procedures for electronic products, components, equipment, or systems.
- Provide technical support and instruction to staff or customers regarding equipment standards, assisting with specific, difficult in-service engineering.
- Inspect electronic equipment, instruments, products, or systems to ensure conformance to specifications, safety standards, or applicable codes or regulations.
- Plan or develop applications or modifications for electronic properties used in components, products, or systems to improve technical performance.
Most commonly reported Work Activities
- Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
- Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
- Documenting/Recording Information Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Scheduling Work and Activities Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
Interests - Electronic Engineer
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.
They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
People in this job role need to have technical ability and be a good problem solver. You must be able to work as part of a team, have good communication skills for writing technical reports and for liaising with other staff and customers.
Good organisational skills are also required for planning and co-ordinating resources. Engineers often work to deadlines, so you must be able to remain calm under pressure. Computer literacy is important. Willingness to take on responsibility and to lead and motivate others is essential. You should also possess good analytical and practical skills.
You should have normal colour vision.
Entry Requirements - Electronic Engineer
Preparation for a career as an Electrical/ Electronic Engineer requires a basic understanding of engineering principles essential to the development of electrical and electronic devices.
Entrants would typically have a Degree in Electronic Engineering or a related field.
There are several Electronic Engineering or combined Electronic Engineering programmes available at various levels, from Certificate through to Degree and Postgraduate level, to prepare graduates for both technician grade and engineer grade job roles.
Engineers can gain Chartered Engineer or Associate Engineer status through Engineers Ireland after first gaining an accredited degree, diploma or certificate, followed by three or four years experience in the workplace. All professional titles are highly regarded by employers throughout industry.
Last Updated: October, 2014
Pay & Salary - Electronic Engineer
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 35k - 65k
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Last Updated: March, 2017
* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Useful Contacts - Electronic Engineer
STEPS - Engineers Ireland
MIDAS Ireland, (Microelectronics Industry Design Association)