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Electronics Engineer

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Bachelor's degree

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What They Do

Electronics Engineers Career Video

Researches, designs, develops, or tests electronic components and systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use employing knowledge of electronic theory and materials properties. Designs electronic circuits and components for use in fields such as telecommunications, aerospace guidance and propulsion control, acoustics, or instruments and controls.

This career is part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics cluster Engineering and Technology pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Determines project material or equipment needs.
  • Prepares engineering sketches or specifications for construction, relocation, or installation of equipment, facilities, products, or systems.
  • Prepares documentation containing information such as confidential descriptions or specifications of proprietary hardware or software, product development or introduction schedules, product costs, or information about product performance weaknesses.
  • Evaluates project work to ensure effectiveness, technical adequacy, or compatibility in the resolution of complex electronics engineering problems.
  • Analyzes electronics system requirements, capacity, cost, or customer needs to determine project feasibility.
  • Confers with engineers, customers, vendors, or others to discuss existing or potential electronics engineering projects or products.
  • Operates computer-assisted engineering or design software or equipment to perform electronics engineering tasks.
  • Prepares necessary criteria, procedures, reports, or plans for successful conduct of the project with consideration given to site preparation, facility validation, installation, quality assurance, or testing.
  • Plans or develops applications or modifications for electronic properties used in components, products, or systems to improve technical performance.
  • Directs or coordinates activities concerned with manufacture, construction, installation, maintenance, operation, or modification of electronic equipment, products, or systems.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Design Engineer — Researches and develops ideas for new products and production systems.
  • Electronics Design Engineer
  • Evaluation Engineer
  • Integrated Circuit Design Engineer (IC Design Engineer)
  • Product Engineer
  • Radio Frequency Engineer (RF Engineer) — Designs, develops and tests radio frequency components, circuits and devices.
  • Research and Development Engineer (R and D Engineer)
  • Test Engineer


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