electronics engineer

Electronics engineer

The electronics engineer / electrical engineer, in a general understanding, designs the hardware part of intelligent systems that can be used in all fields of industry, as well as in everyday life. These systems are particularly complex, they implement a broad spectrum of skills. For the electronic design part only, we can mention the areas of FPGA, system on chip, integrated circuits, electronic boards, not to mention the system-oriented jobs that are presented within the system engineer page.
These specialties are then exercised in various fields of application (aeronautics, space, transportation, etc.). The contractors often use specialized companies to support them in their projects. Some of these companies offer job opportunities, with attractive salaries.


Electronics Engineer Roles

Electronics engineer, that can mean a lot of things. We will present you here 9 examples of jobs, starting with the field of microelectronics, before approaching that of the electronic board. This list is of course non-exhaustive.

Microelectronics Engineer

The microelectronics engineer is en electronics engineer specializing in the design of ASIC, SoC or FPGA.

When exercising his skills in the field of digital circuits, he may carry out modeling, RTL design, verification, synthesis, placement / routing and verification tasks.

When he specializes in analog circuits, he can for example enter schematics, prepare simulations, make layouts and finally take care of the physical verification.

FPGA Engineer

The FPGA engineer is an electronics engineer, or more precisely an electronics engineer specializing in the area of FPGA (Field-Programmable Gate Array), in other words reprogrammable digital integrated circuits.

The FPGA engineer designs components dedicated to an application (for example in the space domain), or this design is in fact an intermediate step in the realization of an ASIC; a prototype somehow.

For more details about FPGA engineer.

Verification Engineer

The verication engineer intervenes before the production phase of an FPGA, an ASIC or a SoC to verify its design (e.g. an IP).

Verification can be performed at different levels of abstraction. To do this, the verification engineer defines test plans and associated coverage points, sets up test environments, writes tests, performs them and analyzes the results.

UVM Verification Engineer

The UVM Verification engineer is a verification engineer specializing in Universal Verification Methodology (UVM), which standardizes the verification of integrated circuit, ASIC and SoC designs.

For more details about the UVM verification engineer.

Signal Processing Engineer

The signal processing engineer, develops algorithms to process signals used in the fields of telecommunications, space, audio, video etc.

After studying the state of the art, he will either improve existing algorithms, or design new ones that better cover the need of the applicant. He will evaluate them via simulation channels in Matlab or C.

For more details about the signal processing engineer.

Hardware Design Engineer

The hardware design engineer, specializes in electronic circuit design (PCB design). These electronic boards can be digital, analog, mixed-signal, multi-processor, multi-FPGA, etc.

From a specification provided by the applicant, the hardware design engineer proposes a functional architecture of the electronic board imagined. He then designs its schematics and provides a set of documents such as the BoM (bill of materials). He then deals with the routing part, potentially with the help of a subcontractor, and performs many simulations. Once the board is manufactured, the hardware design engineer receives it for complementary tests (sometimes with a test bench) and its final tuning. He finally delivers it to the applicant.

For more details about the hardware design engineer.

Power Electronics Engineer

The power electronics engineer is actually a hardware design engineer. The electronic boards and their features will make it possible to be more precise. For example, a power electronics engineer designs power converters. From a received voltage, its boards will feed other boards or modules with dedicated voltages.

For more details about the power electronics engineer job description.

Electronics project manager

The electronics project manager is an engineer responsible for coordinating projects in the field of electronics board or embedded system design.

Specifically, he is involved in the response to calls for tenders, participates in technical choices, guarantees the cost / quality / time commitment of the projects for which he is responsible, plans and monitors the progress of the electronic part, coordinates and supports the team, is the interface between the technical teams and the applicant, provides accurate reporting.

For more details about the electronic project manager.

Analog Electronics Engineer

What about the analog electronics engineer? It is an engineer who designs integrated circuits, electronic boards or equipment (antennas, sensors …) dealing with analog signals.

The general philosophy followed for the design of analog electronic boards is generally the same as for digital or mixed electronics (schematics, simulations, routing and manufacturing follow-up, functional and environmental validation, IVVQ integration, development of test benches), it is mainly the tools that change.

For more details about the analog electronic engineer.

Become an electronics engineer

To become an electronics engineer, one must have a master’s degree in electronic systems, microelectronics and so on. The engineering specialty is linked with the job you want to get, and we’ve seen previously that there are several possibilities.

Electronics Engineer Skills

The electronics engineer must first have solid technical skills in his field of specialization (e.g. microelectronics, FPGA, electronics board, power electronics…) and master the associated technical environment.

As technologies evolve constantly, he / she must demonstrate excellent learning abilities; knowing how to adapt and integrate into a team is also fundamental, the contexts of intervention can be varied.

In short, he/she must mix know-how and soft-skills.

Electronics Engineer Salary

What salary can an electronics engineer get? It is a difficult question to answer! Indeed, we have seen in the section of this page dedicated to the electronics engineer jobs that the activities can be very different. For example, between an FPGA engineer and an electronic power engineer.

Generally speaking, it can nevertheless be said that the salary of an electronics engineer depends on his/her educational background, experience, specialty, or the region (country/area) where he/she works.

Electronics Engineers Main Employers

The key recruiters of electronic engineers can be major contractors, medium-sized companies or even small and medium-sized players. These companies evolve in many industries, including aeronautics, automotive, defense, consumer electronics, railway, IoT, medical, space, telecommunications…

As part of the design of their products, these companies regularly call on technological partners, in other words, specialized companies that accompany them in carrying out their projects. Some of these specialized companies are recruiting.

Electronics Engineers Jobs

In France, in the field of embedded systems, the company ELSYS Design recruits year-round electronic engineers and all its specialists (FPGA engineers, board engineers, etc.) for its various design centers in France: Paris, Grenoble, Lyon, Nice Sophia Antipolis, Aix en Provence, Toulouse, Nantes and Rennes.

The offers can be found on its jobs board.

In Serbia, in the fields of electronic systems design as well as in the development of embedded software, ELSYS Eastern Europe also recruits for its design centers located in Belgrade and Novi Sad.

The offers can be found on its website.