Skip to content

Engineering design

Electronics engineer

Electronics engineers design and develop systems for industry, from mobile communications to manufacturing and aerospace.

Annual Salary

£21,000 to £65,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

42 to 44 a week

You could work: evenings; occasionally

3%
Future employment

There will be 3% more Electronics engineer jobs in 2025.
In your local area

Day to day tasks

Your day-to-day duties will include:

  • assessing new developments or innovations
  • preparing technical plans using computer-aided engineering and design software
  • estimating manufacturing and labour costs, and project timescales
  • co-ordinating the work of technicians and craftspeople
  • testing prototypes and analysing data
  • making sure projects meet safety regulations
  • planning and overseeing inspection and maintenance

Working environment

You could work in a workshop, in a laboratory, in a factory or in an office.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
University

You'll usually need a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a relevant electronics subject.

Employers may accept related subjects if electronics was covered as part of the course. Examples include:

  • aerospace engineering
  • physics and applied physics
  • computer science
  • nanotechnology
  • maths

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
For more information
College

You can do a Level 4 or 5 Higher National Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering before applying for a job.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, a level 3 diploma or relevant experience for a level 4 or level 5 course
For more information
Apprenticeship

You can do a degree apprenticeship as an embedded electronic systems design and development engineer.

This usually takes 3 years to complete. You'll do on-the-job training and spend time at a college or training provider.

You can also do a postgraduate level electronics systems principal engineer apprenticeship.

To do this, you'll need a degree in electronic engineering or a related subject.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a degree apprenticeship
For more information
Work

You could start as an electrical or electronics engineering technician and do training on the job to qualify as an engineer.

More information

Further information

You can find more details about careers and training from Electrical Careers and The Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Showing jobs in:
View all vacancies in this region

With incorporated or chartered engineer status you could:move into project management roles; specialise in research, such as telecommunications, robotics or semiconductors; work as an engineering consultant

You could also move into patent law.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • maths knowledge
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • analytical thinking skills
  • design skills and knowledge
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
My top 5 skills
Please sign in to compare your skills to this job. Sign in

To save or view your choices and results you must sign in or register (takes 1 minute).

Sign in Register