Electronics

Electronics


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)
  • Electronics
  • Digital Technologies
  • English
  • Statistics & Modelling

Job roles in this industry

  • Computer Systems Engineer

    Computer Systems Engineer

    Design/Product Development Engineer

    Design/Product Development Engineer

    Electronics Engineer/Technician

    Electronics Engineer/Technician

    Entrepreneur/Intrapreneur

    Entrepreneur/Intrapreneur
  • ICT Support Professional

    ICT Support Professional

    Mathematical Modeller or Mathematician

    Mathematical Modeller or Mathematician

    Physicist or Medical Physicist

    Physicist or Medical Physicist

    Power Systems Engineer

    Power Systems Engineer
  • Product Evaluator

    Product Evaluator

    Robotics or Automation Engineer

    Robotics or Automation Engineer

    Software Developer/Engineer

    Software Developer/Engineer

    Telecommunications/Network Engineer

    Telecommunications/Network Engineer
  • Traffic Signals Engineer

    Traffic Signals Engineer

Companies and organisations in this industry

  • Airways New Zealand
    Airways New Zealand
    Aeroqual
    Aeroqual
    Dynamic Controls
    Dynamic Controls
    Navico
    Navico
  • Rakon
    Rakon
    Haden & Custance Ltd
    Haden & Custance Ltd
    Unison
    Unison
    Fisher & Paykel Appliances
    Fisher & Paykel Appliances
  • Oji Fibre Solutions
    Oji Fibre Solutions
    ABB Limited
    ABB Limited
    Fisher & Paykel Healthcare
    Fisher & Paykel Healthcare
    The Surveying Company
    The Surveying Company
  • Compac
    Compac

Futureintech is an initiative of Engineering New Zealand, funded by Callaghan Innovation

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