Electronics Engineer

Electronics engineering is concerned with the generation, transmission and processing of information and includes computers, software, transmission networks, telephones, radio, television, signal processing and optics.


They design, develop, test and maintain electronic parts and systems for application in the fields of automation, communication, navigation, military arms, data processing and entertainment. Some manage manufacturing processes, while others may be responsible for the marketing of products.

Some examples of applications of electronics engineering are as follows:



  • infrared cameras to “see” in the dark, an example of obtaining information. Phenomena that cannot
    be observed by human beings are transformed by electronics technology to observable phenomena

  • computers to solve complicated problems and to assimilate signals, an example of the assimilation of information electronic systems involving the control of mechanical and chemical processes, an example of the control of information

  • communications, such as international telephone conversations and videophones, an example of the transference of information mass media, such as radio and television, an example of the distribution of information power electronics for the control of power generation equipment control of processes and production lines using remote control and data acquisition systems (SCADA, etc.)


Some areas of specialisation include:

Biomedical Engineers apply engineering methods to solve medical and other life science problems

Computer Engineers design computers and associated equipment, including microelectronics, which involves the design, testing and manufacture of microchips

Mechatronic Engineers design and maintain machinery with electronic and computer control systems

Telecommunication Engineers design and maintain telecommunications equipment such as optic cables, microwave techniques, cellular radio, satellite communications, etc.

Computer Systems Engineers design and manufacture circuit boards used for interfacing computers to other equipment and sometimes write software for controlling computer operations, etc.

Electronics engineers may design, prepare and supervise designs, prepare specifications, estimates, tenders and contracts. Some are involved in establishing and monitoring performance, setting safety standards and specifying methods for modification, maintenance and repair of equipment and systems. Others may examine installations to ensure that they meet contract conditions.

They are likely to liaise with clients, other engineers, technical officers, technicians, trades people and other workers. Modern management abilities are important. Electronics engineers need to be able to participate in planning, organisation and the control of proceedings.


Employment


  • organisations such as Eskom, SABS, CSIR, Telkom, Transnet, Denel, Kentron, Portnet, Metro Rail, SABC and Sasol

  • manufacturers

  • mining industry

  • electronics companies

  • government departments

  • universities and universities of technology

  • private electronic engineering consultation firms and development laboratories

  • large and small private companies involved with the design, development, production and marketing of electronic systems, sub- systems and components of products

  • self-employment, with enough experience and initiative, can work as a consultant or start own manufacturing or engineering company


Getting Started


  • read as much as you can about electronics

  • arrange visits to various electrical and electronic companies and to speak to an electronics engineer about this type of career

  • try to obtain vacation work as an assistant to an electronics engineer


Programmes

Abm University College, Accra Institute of Technology (Ait), Accra Polytechnic, All Nations University College, Boland TVET College, Botho University, Botswana International University of Science and Technology, Catholic University College of Ghana, Cavendish University, Centurion Academy, Gaborone University College of Law and Professional Studies, Garden City University College, Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centre, Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centre (West), International School of Business and Technology (Isbat), Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Tanzania), KAAF University College, Kigali Independent University, Koforidua Polytechnic, Kumasi Polytechnic, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Machakos University College, Makerere University, Marian University College, Moi University, Monitronic Success College, Mount Kenya University, Muhabura Integrated Polytechnic College, Multimedia University of Kenya, Namibia University of Science and Technology, National University of Lesotho, New Era College, North-West University, Regional Maritime University, The Copperbelt University, Triumphant College, Université des Mascareignes, University of Botswana, University of Eastern Africa Baraton, University of Energy and Natural Resources, University of Ghana, University of Johannesburg, University of Malawi (The Polytechnic), University of Mauritius, University of Mines & Technology Tarkwa, University of Namibia, University of Pretoria, University of Rwanda, University of Stellenbosch, University of Swaziland, University of Zambia, Valley View University, YMCA Comprehensive Institute


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