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Electronics engineer Green Job

Electronics engineers design and develop systems for industry, from mobile communications to manufacturing and aerospace.

Annual Salary

£26,000 to £60,000

Average UK salary in 2023 was £34,963
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

42 to 44 a week

You could work: evenings; occasionally

Future employment

There will be 2.4% more Electronics engineer jobs in 2027.

Day to day tasks

In your day-to-day duties you could:

  • assess new developments or innovations
  • prepare technical plans using computer-aided engineering and design software
  • estimate manufacturing and labour costs, and project timescales
  • co-ordinate the work of technicians and craftspeople
  • test prototypes and analyse data
  • make sure projects meet safety regulations
  • plan and oversee inspection and maintenance

Working environment

You could work in a workshop, in a laboratory, in a factory or in an office.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towords this route

You'll usually need a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a relevant electronics subject.

Employers may accept related subjects if electronics was covered as part of the course. Examples include:

  • aerospace engineering
  • physics and applied physics
  • computer science
  • nanotechnology
  • maths

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
For more information

You can do a Level 4 Higher National Certificate or a Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Electronic Engineering before applying for a job.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, a level 3 diploma or relevant experience for a level 4 or level 5 course
For more information

You can do an Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineer Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship.

This usually takes 3 years to complete. You'll do on-the-job training and spend time at a college or training provider.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a degree apprenticeship
For more information

You could start as an electrical or electronics engineering technician and do training on the job to qualify as an engineer.

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Further information

You can find more details about careers and training from Electrical Careers and The Institution of Engineering and Technology.

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With incorporated or chartered engineer status you could:move into project management roles; specialise in research, such as telecommunications, robotics or semiconductors; work as an engineering consultant

You could also move into patent law.

How does this job help to address the impacts of climate change and protect wildlife and nature in the West of England?

Electronic Engineers are needed for low carbon electricity generation, transport, alternative fuels and heat. The Expansion of Electrical Vehicle Charging points in the West of England means that those seeking careers in the automotive sector need to be aware that electrical engineering will be increasingly important.

Examples of post-16 courses you could study at local schools or colleges

  • Maths, Sciences A-levels
  • Level 2/3 Engineering at City of Bristol College
  • Engineering and Manufacturing T-Level (available from 2024)

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Apprenticeships you may be able to take with local employers

  • Level 2-3 Engineering Apprenticeship
  • Level 6 Electro Mechanical Engineer

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Examples of post-18 courses you could study at local higher education providers

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For more information on the different routes you can take to get into working as an electronics engineer, take a look at the 'Routes into this job' section above. 

Click here for an explanation of the different course and apprenticeship levels.

Local employers 

  • BAE Systems
  • Airbus

For more local employment opportunities see the 'Live job vacancies by region' section above.

Click here to view a profile of Elliot Robinson, Graduate Engineer at Siemens Mobility in Chippenham.

Electronic engineers design, build  and test the electronic components that deliver the capability such as sensing, data processing, robotics, communication links for all space assets, including satellites, ground stations, and large space platforms like the International Space Station.

Examples of post-16 courses you could study at a local school or college

  • Maths, Sciences, Geography A-levels
  • Level 2/3 Engineering 
  • Engineering and Manufacturing T-Level 

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Examples of post-18 courses you could study at a local provider in the South West

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Apprenticeships you may be able to take with local employers

  • Level 2-3 Engineering Apprenticeship
  • Level 6 Electro Mechanical Engineer

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Employers in the South West 

  • Thales Alenia Space
  • Frazer Nash Consulting
  • Rolls Royce
  • GKN
  • GE Aviation
  • Moog
  • Jacobs
  • Airbus
  • SpaceForge
  • BAE Systems
  • Ministry of Defence

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • maths knowledge
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • analytical thinking skills
  • design skills and knowledge
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
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