Electronics engineers design, develop, test and maintain electronic parts and systems used in computers, communications, navigation, industry and entertainment.

Where electronics engineers are employed

Electronics engineers work in private industry, federal, state and territory government departments and authorities, developing equipment for various industrial purposes in hospitals, in radio and television stations, in the manufacture of electronic equipment, particularly in the computer field and as sales engineers. Some may work in universities and colleges doing research and teaching. Others become consultants for businesses.

Pay

Full-time electronics engineers in South Australia generally earn more than $1,600 per week.

Graph of pay scales for electronics-engineers

Job prospects

New opportunities are arising in the areas of entertainment, transport and telecommunications. In 2011 there were 358 people employed full-time as electronics engineers in South Australia compared with 382 in 2006.

How to become one

Usually you need to study electronic engineering at university. At school consider doing English, maths, chemistry and physics.

For information on course admission requirements and how to apply to the universities and TAFE in South Australia visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

Check South Australian universities at The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia.

For information about Australian universities visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)

Licensing and registration requirements

In South Australia there are no licensing or registration requirements.

Engineering is a self-regulated profession that focuses on professional recognition through membership with professional bodies to gain professional standing within the industry. Many employers prefer candidates with recognition and or membership with Engineers Australia.

The highest level of formal recognition is through the Chartered Status Professional Development pathway with Engineers Australia.

Recognition of qualifications and skills obtained outside Australia

For engineers that have completed their training overseas it is helpful to have overseas skills and qualifications assessed when looking for work.

If you come to South Australia as a migrant you may already have a pre-migration assessment from a professional body that indicates the status of your qualification(s) and or work experience. This is often all you need for the purposes of looking for work.

If you do not have this pre-migration assessment, you can access assessment services through Engineers Australia. This assessment will examine your qualifications and work experience to determine recognition levels and whether you are eligible to join National Registers and gain Engineers Australia Chartered status. 

For information about assessment of overseas qualifications, and looking for work in Australia visit Recognition of overseas qualifications or contact Specialist Migrant Services on 08 8303 2450 or email sms@sa.gov.au.

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