Electronics Engineer
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
5d ago

Pay for electronics engineers varies depending on their role and experience.

  • Newly qualified electronics engineers are likely to earn between $50,000 and $60,000 a year.
  • Experienced electronics engineers may earn between $80,000 and $110,000.
  • Senior specialised electronics engineers with additional responsibilities can earn more than $120,000.
  • According to the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ), the average wage for electronics engineers in 2013 was about $95,000 a year.

    Electronics engineers :

  • research, design and supervise production of electronic circuits, components, equipment and computer programs
  • investigate and test new electronics components and equipment
  • present reports and proposals to clients or colleagues
  • modify and service electronic equipment.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Electronics engineers need to have :

  • knowledge of physics, mechanics, electronics, maths and computers
  • knowledge of new methods and technology in the electronics industry
  • knowledge of software design and development
  • design skills
  • skill in interpreting drawings.
  • Electronics engineers :

  • usually work regular business hours, but may be required to work long hours, evenings and weekends to meet deadlines
  • work in offices, workshops, and factories
  • may travel to worksites to do installation and servicing work.
  • Entry requirements

    To become an electronics engineer, you usually need a Bachelor of Engineering or a Bachelor of Technology. However, some employers may also accept a Diploma in Engineering or an equivalent diploma.

    Secondary education

    To enter tertiary training, a university entrance qualification (NCEA Level 3) is required. Useful subjects include maths with calculus, maths with statistics, technology and science subjects.

    Personal requirements

    Electronics engineers need to be :

  • motivated
  • creative and inquiring
  • patient and persistent
  • good written and oral communicators
  • able to work well as part of a team
  • able to work to deadlines.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for electronics engineers includes :

  • design work
  • work as an electronics technician
  • experience testing electronic equipment
  • work with computers
  • work experience in an electronics production environment.
  • Physical requirements

    Electronics engineers must have good hand-eye co-ordination and good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses) as they deal with very small electronic components.

    Registration

    Once they have completed practical work experience (usually four to five years) and a practical competency assessment, electronics engineers may apply to the Institute of Professional Engineers to become a chartered professional engineer (CPEng).

    Chartered engineers must be assessed at least once every five years to ensure they are competent, and have been undertaking professional development.

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