Graduate Job Profile - Electronic / Electrical Engineer

Electronics engineers process information and control equipment found in telecommunications, radio and TV, computer and domestic equipment by using electricity.

Electronic systems are also used in other fields of science such as medicine, biology, physics and acoustics. Electronics engineers work as part of a team that may include engineers and technicians from different engineering disciplines.

There are two types of engineers. Incorporated engineers specialise in developing and applying modern technology and have the practical skills and know-how to put plans into practice. Chartered engineers have greater theoretical engineering knowledge and can be involved in research and development or manufacture and installation.

Electronic engineers need a first degree or BTEC HNC/HND such as electronics/electrical engineering. Opportunities for qualified electronics engineers exist in many different industries, including aerospace, marine, agricultural, chemical, energy and medical.

Employers include research and development companies, governments, the armed services, manufacturers in all industries, IT companies, and public utilities. Starting salaries for graduates in this role are about £18,000 a year. With experience electronics engineers earn around £35,000 and once qualified the average income for qualified chartered electronics engineers is £45,000.

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