Electronics Engineer



OFO No: 215201





Other names for Electronics Engineer:

  • Communications Engineer (Army)
  • Computer Engineer
  • Electronics Designer
  • Information Engineer
  • Instrumentation Engineer
  • Television Engineer



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What is an Electronics Engineer?

In the field of electricity, Engineering can be divided into two main groups:

  • Electronics Engineering:  

Usually deals with the study of small-scale electronic systems including computers and integrated circuits.  They are concerned with using electricity to transfer information using radio waves, the design of electronic circuits and computer systems and the development of control systems.

  • Electrical Engineering:  

Works with problems associated with large-scale electrical systems such as power transmission and motor control circuits.  In simpler terms, they are also usually concerned with the transfer and conversion of electrical power to transmit energy.

Sometimes these two areas can merge and some Electronics Engineers cover both.  

An Electronics Engineer designs electronics. These products could be simple or be as large as an international GPS (global positioning system).

What does an Electronics Engineer do?

  • meets with clients
  • does research
  • designs and draws up plans for electronic systems
  • makes a prototype (a test sample)
  • does extensive testing on prototype
  • modifies prototype
  • project manages
  • controls quality

Are you . . . ?

  • interested in electricity and/or electronics?
  • highly intelligent?
  • interested in research?
  • analytical and logical?
  • good at communication, both written and spoken?
  • computer literate?
  • organised and methodical?
  • electrically creative?
  • a problem solver?
  • patience?
  • a person with good hand-eye co-ordination?

How do I become an Electronics Engineer?


Bachelor of Electronics Engineer

  • University of Cape Town
  • University of Johannesburg
  • University of KZN
  • University of Pretoria
  • University of Stellenbosch
  • University of Witwatersrand


Bachelor of Electronics Engineer

  • 3 years workplace experience (registered as a Candidate Engineer with ECSA)
  • Professional review with ECSA
  • Designation: Only engineers registered with ECSA may use the title Professional Engineer.


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