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
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
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