What they do
Electronics engineers research, design and develop electronic equipment ranging from radios and televisions through to satellite guidance and communication systems. They design individual electronic components and the ways these components fit together and communicate to achieve the desired result. When developing new technologies, electronics engineers must test them rigorously, to ensure they work properly and consistently, and in some cases, that the technology will work in devices developed by other engineers. The technologies that electronics engineers develop can be used in areas such as communication, entertainment, defence, manufacturing and wherever else equipment is electronically controlled.
Specialisations include: Communications engineer (army)
Most electronics engineers work in offices and laboratories in the Perth metropolitan area. They usually work in clean, well-lit environments, to make working with very small components easier. Some travel to work sites and clients’ offices to carry out installation and servicing work.
Tools and technologies
Electronics engineers use a range of electrical components including capacitors, diodes, resistors and transistors. They use small hand tools, such as soldering irons, pliers and forceps to join these various components together. Specialised equipment, such as oscilloscopes and voltmeters, are used to measure the electrical current passing through circuits or systems. Some electronics engineers may use magnifying lenses or cameras attached to computers, when carrying out particularly small or delicate work.
How do I become one?
Education and training
To become an electronics engineer, you usually need to study a degree in engineering, majoring in electronics or a related area. You may need to complete postgraduate study to specialise in electrical engineering.
Most universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.