You would normally need a HNC, HND or degree in a subject such as electronic and electrical engineering. Other subjects such as systems engineering, computer engineering or physics and applied physics, may be acceptable.
For entry to an HNC or HND course you normally need 1-2 Highers plus some subjects at National 5. For a degree course you need 4-5 Highers including Maths and Physics or a technological subject.
Studying for a Foundation Apprenticeship while in fifth and sixth year at school could give you entry to an HND or degree in a relevant engineering discipline. Entry requirements vary between colleges, but you usually require 3 subjects at National 5 including English and Maths. You would be expected to have Higher Maths by the end of sixth year.
You may be able to qualify by other training routes.
Certain colour vision conditions may affect entry into careers in this branch of engineering.
Electronics engineers work in a wide range of industries including aerospace, telecommunications, IT, energy, gas, water, manufacturing and defence. There are also opportunities in educational institutions and the public sector.
a strong interest and ability in maths, science and technology
technical and IT skills
a creative and analytical approach to solving problems
good communication skills
a good understanding of health and safety issues.
You need to be able to:
handle complex information and develop clear ideas
understand and produce technical drawings
manage projects and meet deadlines
plan and organise programmes of work and manage others
keep within a budget
take responsibility and make decisions
work on your own as well as part of a team.
You may be able to follow a graduate trainee scheme.
After gaining your HNC, HND or degree and some further training with an employer, you can register with the Engineering Council as a professional engineer – either Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).
For IEng you need to have either a recognised Bachelor’s degree or a recognised HNC or HND plus further study to Bachelor’s degree level.
For CEng you need to have a recognised Bachelor’s degree with Honours plus a recognised Masters degree (or equivalent), or a recognised integrated Master of Engineering (MEng) degree.
If you do not have any of the above qualifications, you may still be able to achieve IEng or CEng by other approved routes. You can check these alternative routes with the Engineering Council or with the appropriate professional engineering institution.
You must keep up to date with advances in technology throughout your career.
Electronics engineers who first qualify as IEng can progress to CEng after further training and experience. This can open up a wider range of opportunities.
You could be promoted to a senior post.
You might move into general management, or into teaching and academic research in colleges and universities.
You might become a consultant offering specialist engineering services.
There can be good opportunities to work abroad.
The Engineering Council sets and maintains the standards of the engineering profession in the UK. It does so through 35 professional engineering institutions which are Licensed Members of the Engineering Council.