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 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

35 to 40

3%
Future employment

There will be 3% more Electronics engineer jobs in 2023.
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What's it all about?

You could research, design and develop electronic components and equipment in a range of industries, for example:

  • telecommunications – mobile phones, radio, TV and satellite communications
  • data communications – PCs, tablets and cashpoints
  • scientific research – acoustics, optics, physics and nanotechnology
  • medical instruments – clinical and laboratory equipment
  • defence – communications, navigation and weapons systems
  • aerospace – avionics, radar, navigation and communication systems
  • manufacturing – programmable logic controls (PLCs) and industrial machinery

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

You'll often work on a project with a team of engineers, technicians and IT staff. You'll follow electrical health and safety regulations.

You'll usually need a foundation degree, HND or degree in electronic or electrical engineering, or engineering technology.

Employers may accept qualifications in related subjects like physics, maths or computer science. See the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) for courses.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

£21,000 to £65,000

Starter salary: £21,000 to £25,000

Experienced salary: £40,000 to £55,000

These figures are a guide.

35 to 40

You'll usually work around 40 hours a week. You may work longer to meet project deadlines.

You'll usually work in an office or a lab. You may work in factories, workshops or outdoors.

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:

  • maths skills
  • IT skills to use computer-aided design software
  • the ability to analyse problems
  • organisational skills
  • budgeting skills
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