New Zealand has a small but innovative electronics industry, with most companies designing and manufacturing niche products for overseas markets. You could be part of:
- Designing and making sophisticated professional radio equipment and networks that are used by emergency services and utilities companies worldwide
- Designing and testing wall-climbing robots that can inspect milk silos for cracks, eliminating the need for people to undertake potentially hazardous inspections
- Developing training equipment and systems that help NZ’s elite Olympic athletes win medals
- Working on high-tech circuit boards for timing and frequency control devices that go into a range of markets, including smart wireless devices and telecommunications equipment
- Developing wheelchair controllers that enhance the lives of people with disabilities
- Electronic systems are also part of most consumer appliances, such as Fisher & Paykel’s DishDrawers and Active Venting ovens, and telecommunications networks.
The people with technology and engineering skills who are needed in this industry include:
- Electronics Engineers research, design and oversee production of electronic circuits and equipment.
- Electronics Technicians work with engineers to develop electronic systems, components and products.
- Electronic Trades Workers assemble, install, test and maintain electronic parts and equipment.
- Computer Engineers focus on designing, developing and operating computer systems, and may specialise in computer hardware, software or the embedded computer systems used in cars, domestic appliances and mobile phones.
- Telecommunications technicians install, maintain and repair electronic communications equipment for phone and internet networks.
Key tertiary qualifications include:
- National Certificates in Electrical or Electronic Engineering
- New Zealand Diploma in Engineering, specialising in Electrical Engineering
- Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Computer & Mobile Systems, Electronic or Network & Communications Engineering
- Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Electronics & Computer Systems Engineering or Mechatronics
Required and recommended school subjects:
- Physics (required for engineering pathways)
- Calculus (required for engineering pathways)
- Digital Technologies
- Statistics & Modelling