- Practical work building and working with electrical systems and components
- Work in an industry where rapid developments are taking place
- Use maths, science and software skills
As an electronics engineering technician you'll design, build, test and repair the electronic parts found in mobile phones, radio and TV (telecommunications); Clinical and laboratory apparatus (medical scientific instruments); Programmable control systems (in manufacturing and industrial machinery); Computers, tablets and cash points (data communications); or a wide range of control systems (anything from satellites to cars).
- Designing printed circuit boards and wiring diagrams using CAD software
- Researching and developing new products
- Testing prototypes and analysing results
- Building and installing electronic control systems used in computer-aided manufacturing (CAM)
- Quality control (inspecting and calibrating instruments)
- Setting up maintenance schedules for industrial and commercial equipment
- Finding and fixing equipment faults
You could work at a manufacturing plant, in a laboratory or in an office. Your working environment may be noisy.
This role would be ideal for someone with good maths and science skills, the ability to read engineering diagrams, IT and computer aided design (CAD) skills, and practical skills.
You can do a foundation degree or higher national diploma in electrical and electronic engineering or you could take a college course, which would teach you some of the skills needed for this job such as, a Level 3 Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Electronic Engineering.
Alternatively you can get into this job through an engineering technician advanced apprenticeship.
With experience, you could become a project team leader or a maintenance or quality control manager.