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Electronics Engineering Associate

VOC Course Subject Prerequisites

Also known as Electronics Engineering Technician and Electronics Technical Officer.

Electronics engineering associates conduct and assist with the research, design, manufacture, repair and maintenance of advanced electronic equipment and systems.

Electronics engineering associates usually have a range of duties that lie between trade and professional engineer levels.


    Electronics engineering associates may perform the following tasks:

  • help electronics engineers to develop, design, test, manufacture, assemble and maintain electronic equipment and associated circuitry such as radio, television, communications, and process-control equipment and computer systems
  • assist engineers with the research and design of process-control and instrumentation systems, communication systems, robotic systems, and computer and other electronic systems
  • prepare drawings, plans and diagrams for electronic engineering work
  • test electronic instruments and equipment, and repair or replace faulty parts
  • construct and test prototype electronic devices
  • perform difficult and complex calibrations, tests and adjustments
  • collect and analyse data, carry out complex calculations and prepare reports
  • estimate materials, costs and quantities
  • look at designs and installations to check they conform to specifications, drawings, contracts and regulations
  • select, start up, operate and maintain electronic equipment including computer-controlled and complex telecommunications equipment


  • enjoy technical and engineering activities
  • good with hands
  • good at mathematics
  • able to identify, analyse and solve problems
  • capacity for accurate, careful work
  • good communication skills
  • able to work independently or as part of a team
  • good eyesight (may be corrected) and normal colour vision
  • able to work systematically

Interest Area

Scientific Technical/Engineering Figures/Computational


Electronics engineering associates may specialise in aircraft electronics, communications and data systems, control systems, telecommunications, power station control systems, defence systems, medical equipment or meteorology.

Depending on the area of specialisation, work may be carried out in remote localities or require some shiftwork. Electronics engineering associates usually work in a team with engineers, technologists and tradespeople.


VOC Course Subject Prerequisites

To become an electronics engineering associate you usually have to complete a VOC qualification in engineering technology-electronics, electronics and communications engineering or industrial electronics and control. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You may be able to study through distance education.

Additional Information

    Graduates may be eligible for associate membership of Engineers Australia. Visit their website for more details.


Electronics engineering associates are employed by computer sales companies, government departments, security firms, telecommunications companies (as technical officers), private firms contracting to government, printing firms, light industry, and radio and television broadcasters. They may also become small business owners or work as independent contractors.

With further training and experience, it is possible to become a registered engineer.

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