If you’re thinking of pursuing an engineering degree and profession in Australia, we highly recommend that you choose electronics and communication engineering. While engineering is a stable industry in the country, in general, this specialty is considered as one of the hottest. It has a very positive career outlook within the next few years, it provides a stable and high source of income and it allows you to work in different fields.
Being the owner of a Labour Hire recruitment agency that specialises in Electrical Contracting and Electrical Engineering, I not only know what careers are out there, but also like to help kick-start careers.
A huge part of landing a good career opportunity in the field of electronics and communication engineering is a better understanding the jobs you can land from studying this discipline.
First let me state that by studying of electronics and communication engineering you can become either an Electrical Engineer or an Electronics Engineer.
Electrical engineering is considered to be a somewhat of a new branch as it began sometime in the nineteenth century (the word engineering first appeared around the 1300s). But only became widely known as it grew when electrical systems such as batteries came about.
Under electrical engineering is electronics engineering, perhaps because both deal with electricity and electrical systems. The major difference between the two, electrical and electronics, is that electrical is about harnessing the power. Electronics mainly deals with the circuitry itself.
A great example is a mobile phone. An electronics engineer is responsible for designing the circuit board, etc., but this device also needs electricity such as when you have to charge it. In this area, the task is handled by an electrical engineer.
As an electronics and communication engineering graduate, you are expected to:
Plan and design electric control systems and circuits: Today you’ll find many industries and businesses that require electronics including but not limited to communication, mining, gas, retail, etc. Can you imagine a business, for example, that doesn’t have any type of interface? Probably not. We can safely say that electronics has made the jobs of many more efficient, quicker and more effective. In line with these, one of your main tasks is to plan the circuitry and other control systems, then execute it starting with the design of such plan.
Supervise a team: Businesses and even the public sector require the services of the electronics and communication engineers at any given time. You are also to work closely with other professionals such as the architects and electrical engineers and may have to supervise a team.
Procure the right equipment: As an electronics and communication engineer who spent many years getting advanced knowledge, you’re the best person to identify the electronic systems and equipment that will be needed to complete a project. For this reason, you may be asked to submit costing.
Design and modify electronics systems: Using your knowledge and experience, you may also have to design and modify electrical systems whenever needed. One of the advantages of being an electronics engineer today is that you already have reliable applications such as CAD to help you.
Ensure the project is according to safety standards: It is your job to guarantee that everything about your project follows the strict guidelines of the industry and the country. You can do this by, first, creating a safety management plan that adheres to such standards. Then you have to make sure that the rest of your team understands the importance of following strict codes all throughout the many phases of the project.
Execute the contract: Aside from the safety standards, you should also keep in mind the terms and conditions of the contract and see to it that what has been agreed is being followed. Otherwise, any modification should be brought to the client so prompt changes to the contract and its terms may be made.
Develop testing methods: As an electronics and communication engineer, you don’t only design or modify circuit systems; it’s also your responsibility to design methods to test their effectiveness. This measurement can be handy in determining ideal service levels and efficiency of communication traffic.
Research: Electronics and communication engineering is actually a very exciting field. Every year, there’s a new technology, method or technique, or system that can be applied to a business, industry, or sector (including the government). These may be geared toward efficiency or sustainability, or even open new opportunities for you and your clients. Nevertheless, it’s your duty to find out what they are.
This is only a brief summary but for more information, including a career planner for both electrical engineers and electronics engineers visit: http://courses.curtin.edu.au/course_overview/undergraduate/electronic-communication-engineering
There are many ways to do research to find out career opportunities and you don’t have to be stuck to the Internet at all times. You can get updates from colleagues, associations or organizations, news, trade shows and conferences.
This type of engineering is extremely flexible as almost all industries require your service. You can also specialise with telecommunications, signal processing, computer and instrumentation. Whatever your plans are, you can contact James Technologies if you are seeking an electronics and communication engineering job or seeking labourers for an electronics and communication engineering project.