Career as Electronic Engineer

Early Salary

1 - 2 L

Mid Salary

5 - 6 L

Senior Salary

8 - 10 L

Academic Pressure

High

Job Pressure

High

	Electronic Engineer

From healthcare to space research, from TV sets to iPods... electronics engineers can handle anything. They seek solutions to practical problems by inventing or working on gadgets that make life simpler, or more entertaining. They are the ones responsible for the transformation of bulky cell-phones and TV sets to ultra slim phones and LED sets boasting of features such as 3D and surround sound.

What do they do?

Electronics appliances fascinated him when he was a schoolboy. He wanted to take them apart and put them together again... Which must have been the reason why, after school,  he went on to do his BE in electronics and instrumentation from the Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya, Bhopal. 
 
Meet Ansul Kothari, Executive, Application and Service Support, working in German multinational Bosch Rexroth India -Ltd’s drive and control department. At 26, he’s also very happy that his  salary has appreciated seven times since he joined his first job as an engineer in a system integrator company in November 2005.
 
The scope of work in the field of electronics engineering is “quite vast, ranging from developing basic circuits to advanced chipset design to design of gadgets that include mobile phones, portable MP3/video players, GPS receivers, wireless surveillance systems”, says Rajiv Kumar whose Widcomm, the company he sold to Broadcom, USA, in 2005, was one of the pioneers in developing the Bluetooth technology. 
 
Electronics engineers can handle just about everything  “from designing of diagnostic equipment for healthcare to space instrumentation, which is used in the analysis of data in space research”, says Kumar. A lot of defence and military-related equipment is based on electronics engineering too, he adds. 
 
Kumar feels there are numerous career opportunities for people like him in India, “as there are a number of design houses that develop their own products or design for customers from abroad”.There’s a big demand for good electronics engineers in India, says WB Prasad, Deputy Director (Engineering), Doordarshan. “That’s because of the increasing computerisation in the country. As instrumentation needs go up, the process industries also require engineers. Media expansion all over the sub-continent has boosted the DTH, satellite and cable industry — calling for electronics engineers. The crop from engineering colleges does not meet the demand as many leave for assignments abroad,” Prasad says.“The challenge for the future, however, lies in the ability to produce miniature circuits with low costs of production,” he concludes.
Electronics engineering is the study of the manufacturing, processing and applications of electronic components and circuitries. It covers a wide range of applications and gadgets ranging from TV sets, radios, computers and mobile phones to MP3 players to instrumentation for healthcare and space research. Electronics engineers  help find solutions to practical problems by inventing or working on gadgets that make life simpler, or more entertaining.
 
Electronics engineering is a constantly changing branch of engineering with ever-widening scope... Don’t cell phones, TV sets or other gadgets keep getting smarter day by day? It is the electronics engineers who smarten things up. They are the ones who turned that solid, fat mobile phone we used 10 years ago into a slim iPhone, with its high-intensity displays, sensitive touch screens, net access, etc
 

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Skills Needed

  • Good analytical and reasoning skills
  • A creative and innovative mind
  • A flexible outlook
  • Thorough understanding of circuits and drawings, etc
  • Strong foothold in the fundamentals of electronics engineering  
  • Ability to learn on the job 
  • Ability to continue educating oneself right through one’s career
  • Ability to design, construct, main-  tain and sustain products, servic-  es, and information systems
  • Good problem-solving skills

How do I get there?

Take up physics, chemistry and maths in Class 12 and then sit for the joint engineering entrance tests to bag a seat in any engineering institution. After completing a bachelor’s, you can opt to either work or study further. Those wanting to study further can go for an MTech or ME degree and then apply for a PhD programme.

Typical day in the life of a Electronic Engineer

10am: Check the day’s assignments
11am: Delegate work and discuss it with colleagues
12pm: Meetings and feedback sessions
1.30pm: Lunch
2 to 3pm: Visit manufacturing plant, check product and test results
4 to 8pm: Check competitor’s products, find the gaps and look for ways to better it
9pm: Leave for home

Pros & Cons about this career

. The intellectual stimulation is rewarding . Good money

. The quest for perfection can be stressful. Since most designs are for products that touch a consumer or meant for space research or military, an electronics engineer has to work out optimal solutions which require lots of patience, effort and hard work . Product deadlines take a lot out of you . Meeting timelines is, of course, the key to success but it does limit the ability to innovate

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