From the toaster and radio to the cellular phone and GPS satellite, the use of electronics has permeated every facet of the developed world. The ongoing operation of the modern society requires that electronic devices be continually designed, redesigned, maintained and comprehended. Electrical engineering is a broad specialization of the engineering discipline that pertains to the various practical aspects of electronic systems. Degreed and certified electrical engineers are called upon to design a wide field of hardware and software, provide technical support, inspect electronic equipment for efficient operation and compliance with safety codes, and to prepare documentation regarding technical details of electronic equipment.
Electronics engineering is studied at the post-secondary educational level at colleges and universities. An undergraduate engineering degree is required of most, if not all, working engineers, as is a certification from the American Association of Engineers. Applicants for certification may apply once they have completed undergraduate education. They are expected to satisfactorily complete additional courses and examination before certification, and the Professional Engineer (P. Eng) designation, is conferred.
Once prepared for the job market, electrical engineers are free to pursue many different positions to suit their specific talents. These include, but are not limited to, sales and service of electronic equipment, research and development, communication networking, and design. An experienced electrical engineer may seek a position in project management, working with clients, suppliers and manufacturers to develop electronic products or systems from the ground up. Many engineers choose to work as self-employed inventors, while others seek employment almost anywhere in the public of private sectors, including telecommunications companies, IT companies, financial institutions, research laboratories and anywhere else electronics are found.
Electronics Engineer Tasks
- Inspects electronic equipment to ensure compliance with specification or safety codes.
- Provides technical support or training to staff or customers regarding electronic equipment.
- Designs electronic components, software, and other electronic products or systems.
- Prepares documentation and other information for electronic equipment.