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Summary of occupation

Electronics engineers research, design and develop electronic equipment ranging from radios and televisions through to satellite guidance and communication systems. They design individual electronic components and the ways these components fit together and communicate to achieve the desired result. When developing new technologies, electronics engineers must test them rigorously, to ensure they work properly and consistently, and in some cases, that the technology will work in devices developed by other engineers. The technologies that electronics engineers develop can be used in areas such as communication, entertainment, defence, manufacturing and wherever else equipment is electronically controlled.

ANZSCO description: Designs, develops, adapts, installs, tests and maintains electronic components, circuits and systems used for computer systems, communication systems, entertainment, transport and other industrial applications. Registration or licensing may be required.
Alternative names: Electronic Engineer
Specialisations: Biomedical Engineer, Communications Engineer (Army)
Job prospects: Limited
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

An electronics engineer needs:

  • good communication skills
  • good planning and organisation skills
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • the ability to undertake detailed and elaborate work
  • the ability to identify, analyse and solve problems
  • to enjoy computing and technical design.
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Working conditions

Most electronics engineers work in offices and laboratories in the Perth metropolitan area. They usually work in clean, well-lit environments, to make working with very small components easier. Some travel to work sites and clients’ offices to carry out installation and servicing work.

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Salary details

Graduate electronics engineers, classified under Information Technology, Telecommunications and Electronics Engineers, can expect to earn approximately $917 per week on average ($50 000 per year), depending on the organisation they work for. As an electronics engineer develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.​

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Tools and technologies

Electronics engineers use a range of electrical components including capacitors, diodes, resistors and transistors. They use small hand tools, such as soldering irons, pliers and forceps to join these various components together. Specialised equipment, such as oscilloscopes and voltmeters, are used to measure the electrical current passing through circuits or systems. Some electronics engineers may use magnifying lenses or cameras attached to computers, when carrying out particularly small or delicate work.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

To become an electronics engineer you usually need to complete a bachelor of engineering, majoring in electronics, or a related field. Most universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. 

Contact the universities you are interested in for more information. 

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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