- Immigration New Zealand, 'Long-term Skill Shortage List', accessed March 2014, (www.immigration.govt.nz).
- Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, '2003-2012 Occupation Data' (prepared for Careers New Zealand), 2012.
Electronics EngineerAlternative titles
This job is sometimes referred to as:
- Automation Engineer
- Hardware Engineer
Electronics engineers study, design and oversee production of electronic equipment such as radios, televisions, computers, washing machines and telecommunication systems. They may also service equipment.
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While demand for their services has remained high, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment estimates the number of electronics engineers fell between 2010 and 2012.
Because of high demand and falling numbers of people in the role, the job electronics engineer appears on Immigration New Zealand's long-term skill shortage list, which means the Government is actively encouraging skilled electronics engineers from overseas to work in New Zealand.
More demand for electronics engineers in telecommunications, especially in Christchurch
Investment in telecommunications infrastructure is creating opportunities for electronics engineers. Both the Government and telecommunications companies are investing more in developing broadband Internet and mobile phone networks. Electronics engineers who specialise in telecommunications are needed to help develop and build these networks.
Because of particularly high demand in Christchurch, telecommunications engineers, including those with a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (electronics) and experience in telecommunications, have been added to Immigration New Zealand's Canterbury Skill Shortage List. This list highlights occupations in shortage that are needed during the rebuild of Canterbury following the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.
Good demand for electronics engineers to design new products
New Zealand's electronics industry is small with most companies designing and manufacturing niche electronic products for export, and employ only a few staff. Despite this, electronics engineers continue to be needed to research and design new electronic products.
Types of employers
Electronics engineers generally work for electronics design and/or manufacturing companies. They can also work as engineers or service technicians for large companies that rely on specialist electronic equipment.
Electronics engineers who specialise in telecommunications may also work for telecommunications companies.
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