Electronics Engineer Mataaro Tāhiko
Electronics engineers design and oversee production of electronic equipment such as radios, televisions, computers, washing machines and telecommunication systems. They may also work in sales and technical support.
Electronics engineers can apply to the Institute of Professional Engineers to become registered as a chartered professional engineer (CPEng) once they have completed practical work experience (usually four to five years) and a practical competency assessment.
Chartered engineers must be assessed at least once every six years to ensure they are competent, and have been undertaking professional development.
- research, design and supervise production of electronic circuits, components, equipment and computer programs
- investigate and test new electronics components and equipment
- present reports and proposals to clients or colleagues
- modify and service electronic, computer and communications equipment
- provide technical sales and support.
Electronics engineers need to have good hand-eye co-ordination and good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses) as they deal with very small electronic components.
Useful experience for electronics engineers includes:
- electronics as a hobby
- design work
- work as an electronics technician
- experience testing electronic equipment
- work with computers or communications systems
- work experience in an electronics production environment.
Electronics engineers need to be:
- creative and inquiring
- patient and persistent
- good written and oral communicators
- able to work independently, and as part of a team
- able to work to deadlines.
Electronics engineers need to have knowledge of:
- physics, mechanics, electronics, maths and computers
- new methods and technology in the electronics industry
- software and computer-aided design and development
- design skills.
- usually work regular business hours, but may be required to work long hours, evenings and weekends to meet deadlines
- work in offices, workshops, and factories
- may travel to worksites to do installation and servicing work.
NCEA Level 3 is required to enter tertiary training. Useful subjects include mathematics, physics, construction and mechanical technologies, and processing technologies.
Electronics engineers may progress to set up their own electronics business, or move into team leader or management roles.
Electronics engineers may specialise in:
- power electronics design
- wireless RF (radio frequency)
- computer hardware engineering
- semiconductor design
- software development
- mechatronics, including robotics design
- technical sales and support.
Years Of Training4 years of training usually required.
To become an electronics engineer, you usually need to have a Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Technology. However, some employers may accept a New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Electronic).