Everything you need to know about Electronic Engineering in one listicle

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Electronic systems are everywhere! We interact with them all the time:in our phones, tablets, TVs,HiFis,laptops,washing machines and bread toasters as well as in numerous medical and military instruments. Such electronics have become indispensable and we almost cannot live without them. The Field of Electronics has as a result grown to unimaginable proportions giving birth to a number of sub fields such as computer engineering, telecommunications, biomedical engineering, radio engineering, modern control systems ,communication engineering and Photonics with many more subdisciplines being added. Electronic Engineering is one of the fastest growing disciplines in the world!It is the life blood of Mechatronics, Robotics, Biomedical engineering and Industrial Manufacturing Engineering. Electronic Engineering is very diverse field.Students wishing to take up this educational route or vocation must do some research and build a strong knowledge base before committing. Below is a “listicle” overview of the field.

Electronic Engineering:

Transmission of information

• Electromagnetic signal • Optical fibre • Infrared signal • Sound (audible, ultrasonic, sonar) • Wire (single, multi) • Magnetic

Channel of information

• Air • Body (Source &/ medium) 1. “Biomedical Engineering 2. Control Engineering (Intro: Cybernetics)

Discrete electronics (with possible software control)

• Microelectronics implementation • Microelectronics (ICs) • Microprocessors – -IC programming

Work of Engineers

  • Research & development Research & development
  • Manufacturing and production
  • Quality control, maintenance, support
  • Marketing
  • Engineering management
  • Project/general management
  • Supply & distribution of electricity

Areas of possible employment for Electronic Engineers

• Industrial electronics and mining • Product development and manufacturing industry • Measuring instruments, computers and control systems • Military and communication systems • Medical support systems & prostheses • Private consulting Private consulting • Specialisation in the development and manufacturing of advanced technology

To qualify as an Engineer Requirements:

1. A level passes (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Technical or Engineering Drawing) 2. University degree ( University degree (IEEE or ZIE or ECSA or IET or EA accredited )) 3. 2 or 3 year Engineer- in-training

Fields of specialisation (postgrad)

• Bio- Engineering • Radio & Digital communication Radio & Digital communication • Signals & telecommunication Signals • Measurements & control systems • Electromagnetism • Photonics • Computer & pattern recognition Computer • Electronics & Microelectronics • Computer networks • Software engineering • Computer architecture & design


• B.Eng (Hons) • M.Eng • Ph.D. and/or D.Eng It is important to note that this is a rich field pregnant with opportunities for entrepreneurship! If you are into engineering what else did we miss?

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