By Nsim Team
If you want to become a circuit designer, you first need to determine if this career path is a good fit for you.Although there are other paths to take, the most common way to become a circuit designer is to follow these essential steps:
1. Make sure you have the right personal traits for this work
2. Pursue a bachelor’s degree in electrical, electronic or electrical engineering
3. Get work experience as a student via internship and co-op opportunities
4. Get an entry-level job in circuit design after graduation
5. Earn professional certification in relevant fields
6. Advance into senior-level roles, management roles, or consultancy as you gain experience
Circuit designers are electronic, electrical or computer engineers that work to create circuit boards used in electronic devices of all sorts, ranging from power grids to airplane assembly automation. They are responsible for either modifying existing or creating new circuit designs that allow electronic products to function as intended. While other types of engineers design electronic products, circuit designers work on a smaller scale and design the circuits that serve as the foundation for these products. They may modify existing designs or create new designs. Because circuit technology is constantly changing, new and updated circuits are continuously needed.
To work as a circuit designer, you typically need a bachelor’s degree in Electrical, Electronics or Computer Engineering, or a related field. Some employers might require a master’s or doctoral degree, particularly for research or teaching positions.
A degree in any one of these fields will help prepare you for both the technical and the theoretical aspects of work in this field. They will also have internship or co-op work placements built into their curriculum, so you will graduate with practical experience under your belt.
If you have the following personal traits you'll not only be well suited for work as a circuit designer, you’ll be a standout:
• You’re interested in a well-paying career that makes use of your technical capabilities
• You can work effectively with a small team for the duration of a project
• You can design electronic circuits for a variety of purposes (communication, travel, navigation, power systems, etc.)
• You’re committed to staying up to date with relevant technological innovations
• You're willing to work overtime when required, and possibly travel for work
• You have a keen interest in electrical/electronic or computer engineering (for example, you work on ham radios, rewire your house, or build electronics as a hobby)
Although some circuit designers work as in-house employees of organizations in various industries, most work as employees (or contractors) of electronic or electrical engineering firms that contract their services to outside companies.
There are many different residential, commercial and industrial applications for the services of a circuit designer, including power distribution, transportation (such as aircraft component design), IT, lighting and lighting controls, security and fire alarms, communications systems, assembly automation, and many others.
Oct. 25, 2016, 10:40 a.m.
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