Electronics engineers work primarily in the manufacturing industry to design and develop a variety of electronic equipment and components. They may also test the products they design, and are usually tasked with quality control as well as testing a range of circuits and components related to resistors, transistors, and capacitors. Some may also provide final approval for products before manufacturing begins.
Electronics engineers use a variety of test instruments, including Digital Multimeters (DMM), VOM (Volt-Ohm meter or Volt-Ohm-milliammeter) and oscilloscopes. They must log test data to be presented to their supervisors or other design engineers and must also be familiar with general analog and digital logic circuits. These engineers may identify, analyze and solve a range of technical problems and should have hands-on skills as well as troubleshooting capabilities, and should be able to work independently with minimal or no supervision and in a team environment.
Those in this position must always must follow Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, as well as their own company’s safety rules and regulations. Most employers require at least a bachelor's degree in a relevant field, while some may consider candidates who have an associate's degree or technical school training and work experience in place of a higher degree. They are encouraged to keep their skills up-to-date by attending training classes or workshops, either as requested by their employer or on a voluntary basis, as well as read professional journals relevant to the field. Some may also train new or younger electronics engineers.
Electronics Engineer (but not Computer) Tasks
- Test and revise current parts and products.
- Manage and coordinate projects.
- Develop and design electronic parts and products.