Electronics Engineer

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Electronics engineers build digital capabilities into everything we use every day like laptops, smartphones, appliances, and even our cars. They’re also making huge advancements in new fields like wearable tech by building electronics into our clothing and sporting devices, making our interactions with tech even more seamless and hands-free.

Whatever you’re using right now to read this post, you can be sure that engineers put their creativity into the development of the electronics in your device to keep it powered up and make all the circuits interact with precision.

Electronics engineering roles range from designing new products to supervising the assembly of electronic equipment. Electronics are even making an impact in the fashion and wearable tech industries with new concepts such as the necklace with Bluetooth functions that vibrates for incoming calls and seamlessly integrates into every woman’s lifestyle to provide more hands-free operation. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Designing, planning, researching, building, evaluating and testing electronic equipment and digital systems
  • Developing, executing and supporting cost effective solutions for a variety of existing engineering projects
  • Working at the heart of the most rapidly developing technology humankind has ever seen

Key Skills

A good mix of soft and hard skills are required by electronics engineers:

  • Analytical and problem solving skills
  • Interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Leadership and initiative
  • Customer service
  • Teamwork
  • Electronics and digital systems
  • Programming languages
  • Passion for technological innovation

Job Prospects

Technological developments drive the demand for electronics engineers as more companies around the world strive to maintain their competitive edge. Now more than ever, digital electronic functions are being built into all objects around us, calling for more electronics engineers to mash up their tech skills in industries such as manufacturing, telecommunications, healthcareeducationfashionmusicretailsports and many more. 

Education Pathways

To work as an electronics engineer, you need a bachelor’s degree in electrical or electronics engineering from a university such as RyersonQueens, or any other that offers a similar program.

Pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in electrical or electronics engineering is an asset for specialty or management positions in the field. Some universities that offer graduate programs in engineering are McMasterRyerson, and UOIT.

If you prefer more hands-on learning in the lab, you can become an Electronics Engineering Technician with a diploma from Humber, Sheridan or Durham College. This diploma will let you work in industries such as wearable tech, education, manufacturing or telecommunications to analyze and prepare reports and sketches, follow instructions to assemble electronic systems, perform quality control and a lot more.

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