Electronics engineer studies, designs and oversees production of consumer electronic equipment such as radios, televisions, computers and washing machines, to high-end electronics equipment like dish antennas, communication satellites, radar systems etc. Your work includes:-
• Developing and designing electronic products
• Construction and manufacturing of equipment
• Production process control
• Testing of new electronics components and equipment
• Installation and commissioning of products
• Maintenance of products
• Sales and marketing of products.
The rapid technological changes that are taking place in the electronics industry mean that engineers need to keep up to date with the skills and knowledge required. In addition, the development of modern electronic processes, and the way in which electronic equipment works through software, has meant that computer software design and programming skills are also required out of electronics engineers.
As an electronics engineer, you will also need to be good at interpreting drawings, problem-solving skills and decision-making. Electronic engineers need to be creative, inquiring and able to work well as part of a team. You need to be self-motivated, patient, persistent and disciplined. It is important that you are able to make good judgments and work well under pressure.
Most jobs are in engineering and business consulting firms, manufacturers of electrical equipment, industrial machinery and professional and scientific instruments. Communications and utilities firms, manufacturers of aircraft and computer firms also employ electrical engineers.
In the government sector electrical engineers find jobs in the various electricity boards as well as in the armed forces. You will need to appear for the "Indian Engineering Services" exam conducted by the UPSC at the national level or join various departments at the state level through their respective exams.The armed forces also induct a number of electrical engineers.
1. Consumer electronics companies like BPL, Videocon, etc
2. Companies providing basic telephone and mobile telephone services like BSNL, VSNL, MTNL, BPL Telecommunication Ltd.,
3. Orange Industrial Electronics and telecommunication equipment manufacturing companies like HFCL, Hindustan Cables Ltd.,
4. Enkay Telecommunication Ltd. Research & Development organizations like the DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation)
5. National Physical Laboratory Electronic product testing laboratories like the Regional Testing Laboratories under the Department of Electronics, Government of India Telecommunication hardware and software producing companies like Hughes Telecommunication,
6. Cisco systems,
7. Mahindra British Telecommunication.
Electronics engineers need to have a broad knowledge of physics, mechanics, electronics, maths and computers. A diploma (After Class X) in electronics engineering is the minimum qualification to enter this field. Of course, a Bachelors (B.E. or B.Tech after Class XII in science with Physics, Chemistry and Maths) degree in the above stream will make your prospects better. To be in research and development, you will need a Masters degree. Continuing education is important, as you need to keep up with the improvements in technology that is taking place
Starting salary is in the range of Rs 12,000-20,000 per month. Salaries for diploma holders are in the range of Rs 8,000-10,000 per month. Most companies have training programmes for their engineers. So you may even get to go to a reputed university abroad to specialise in a particular area at your company's cost.