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Engineer - Electronic

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Education
Most of these occupations require qualifications at NFQ Levels 7 or 8 (Ordinary / Honours Degrees) but some do not.

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Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

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€35k > 55 
Engineer - Electronic
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€35 - 55 
Related Information:
Electronic Engineer 35 - 55
Data Source(s):
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Last Updated: May, 2013

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Printed circuit board (PBC), Microchip.

13%
Occupational Category

Electrical & electronic engineers

Also included in this category:

Electrical engineers; electrical surveyors; power engineers; electronics engineers; telecommunications engineers

Number Employed:

4,500

Part time workers: 2%
Aged over 55: 16%
Male / Female: 96 %/ 4%
Non-Nationals: 15%
With Third Level: 84%
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At a Glance... header image

Researches, designs, develops, and tests electronic components and systems for use in fields such as telecommunications, aerospace guidance and propulsion control, acoustics, or instruments and controls.


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1Total Records: 5

Tracey Roche
Design Engineer  

Tracey works as a Design Evaluation Engineer for Analog Devices in Limerick. She holds a Bachelor of Electronic Engineering from UL. She did her co-op 8 month placement during college with Analog and spent her summer after 4th year working for Analog in California.

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Deborah Caffrey
Electronic Engineer  

Deborah took the advice of her Guidance Counsellor and went to study Electronic Engineering at DCU (Dublin City University). After her four year course, she secured a placement with Intel through ICT Ireland. She now works directly on the production process in the manufacture of semi-conductors at Intel's facility in Leixlip.

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Shane Callanan
Electronic Engineer  

Shane Callanan works as an Electronic Engineer with Excelsys Technologies. He heads up the  Applications Engineering group and specialises in the area of power supplies. He a received a Batchelor of Engineering from the Cork Institute of Technology.

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Denis Canty
Electronic Engineer  

Denis Canty is an Electronic Engineer and works with Alps Electric (Ireland) Ltd., which is based in Cork. He studied Electronic Engineering in Cork Institute of Technology to Degree level, and then did a Masters in Microlelectronic Design in UCC. His work involves supporting the manufacturing process at the plant, image processing, developing tests for new products and representing the company abroad.

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Barry Duggan
Electronic Engineer  

Barry Duggan is an Electronic Engineer working in the Design Evaluation Group in Analog Devices. He works on numerous products from concept to release and these products are used by different companies in numerous end applications such as mobile phones, cars, oil rigs and base-stations.

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The Work header image

In electronic work, engineers provide a very wide range of sophisticated electronic products to our homes and offices. These include personal computers, digital television, control systems for heating, cooking and washing, games machines and multimedia information systems.  
 
Electronics engineers are involved in communications and information technology - fast growing global industries. They design, produce, install and maintain the transmitters, aerials and satellite equipment that modern telecommunications systems need. Because telephones, computers and televisions are all linking up to provide an ever-expanding range of services, electronics engineers are also working with the Internet.  
 
Electronics engineers can also be found in the aerospace industry, designing, installing and maintaining navigation and control systems, and helping to develop the latest aircraft, satellites and space vehicles.  
 
Electronics engineers research, design and manage the equipment used to control and monitor processes, systems and machinery in many different areas. For example, North Sea oil installations, the National Grid that provides electricity, processing plants and manufacturing industries have sophisticated control systems. For example, some electronic engineers work in manufacturing industries, using systems to control pressures and temperatures and to manage waste.  
 
To research, design and develop an electronic product, engineers usually work in teams. They may use computer-aided design (CAD) to produce a computer image of the product they are working on. Next, engineers build a model of the new product (or version of an existing product). They test the model's reaction to different conditions, for example, temperature and stress; they modify the design if necessary.  
 
When the model is ready, electronic engineers are responsible for producing a few samples of the new model in the laboratory, and then overseeing the start of production on a large scale. Engineers may also be responsible for dealing with any problems that come up during production. Electronics engineers may use their knowledge of products to solve any problems that customers report.  
 
Developing an electronic product usually involves the engineer in working closely with others, including clients (to discuss their requirements and to exp

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Operate computer-assisted engineering and design software and equipment to perform engineering tasks.

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Design electronic components, software, products, or systems for commercial, industrial, medical, military, or scientific applications.

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Prepare engineering sketches or specifications for construction, relocation, or installation of equipment, facilities, products, or systems.

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Confer with engineers, customers, vendors or others to discuss existing and potential engineering projects or products.

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Analyze system requirements, capacity, cost, and customer needs to determine feasibility of project and develop system plan.

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Evaluate operational systems, prototypes and proposals and recommend repair or design modifications, based on factors such as environment, service, cost, and system capabilities.

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Develop or perform operational, maintenance, or testing procedures for electronic products, components, equipment, or systems.

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Provide technical support and instruction to staff or customers regarding equipment standards, assisting with specific, difficult in-service engineering.

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Inspect electronic equipment, instruments, products, or systems to ensure conformance to specifications, safety standards, or applicable codes or regulations.

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Plan or develop applications or modifications for electronic properties used in components, products, or systems to improve technical performance.

Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Systems Analysis:   Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Systems Evaluation:   Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

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Quality Control Analysis:   Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported Work Activities in this occupation.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment:  Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Documenting/Recording Information:  Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Scheduling Work and Activities:  Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

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Interacting With Computers:  Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.


Personal Qualitiesheader image

You need to have technical ability, and you must be a good problem solver. You must be able to work as part of a team; you need good communication skills for writing technical reports and liaising with other staff and customers.  
 
You need organisational skills to plan and co-ordinate resources. Engineers often work to deadlines, so you must be able to remain calm under pressure. Computer literacy is important. Willingness to take on responsibility and to lead and motivate others is essential. You should also possess good analytical and practical skills.  
 
You should have normal colour vision.


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Organisation:  Engineers Ireland  
  Address:  22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge Dublin 4 
  Tel:  (01) 665 1300 
  Email:  info@engineers.ie 
  Url  www.engineersireland.ie 
   

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Organisation:  International Journal of Engineering Education 
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