Step by Step Guide to be a Professional Engineer in Electronics and Communication What is the first thing which has come to your mind when you have noticed this title? What would I mean when using this term-‘professional engineer in electronics and communication? Well let me guess, this article might sound like a guide for you to make a career in the field of electronics and communication. You must be right then. But in the first case, why do you want to become an electronics engineer? Lo! I have an answer for that too. I am sure many of you must have been fantasized about every electronics product around you. Starting from the toy u played with during your childhood, to the so-called modern gadgets you are now fidgeting with, each and everything has the involvement of electronics in it. How many of you can deny that you had always romanticized the idea of having your electronic gadget or tried to build your electronics projects or kits? This might have been surreal to your parents when you were a child, but now the only thing you can do to prove them wrong is to be a professional engineer in electronics and communication. What do I mean when I say getting professional jobs for Electronics and Communication? Well, it can mean many things- • Being an expert embedded system designer. • Getting a job in reputed electronics companies like Videocon, Samsung, HCL, BEL, and Flextronics, etc. It might sound interesting to you that in India, the electronics market is one of the fastest-growing markets in the world, with an expected increase to USD 400 billion by the year 2020. So without wasting any time, let me sort out the main steps needed to be a professional engineer in the field of electronics and communication. 6 Steps to be a Professional Engineer in Electronics and Communication Step 1 Get a Degree in Electronics and Communication The first and foremost thing you should do as a starting step to be a professional engineer is to get a degree in electronics and communication. You must have a BE/BTech (Engineering) degree in electronics and communication, or in some cases, even an MSc in Electronics and Communication might help. Don’t forget you need to have a good academic record. Currently, the field of electronics and communication is being provided by almost every engineering and science college in India. Remember you can also opt for only a diploma, provided you are only interested to have basic practical knowledge in electronics. Those eager to build a career in research and development can also opt for a Masters’s degree (Mtech) in a relevant field related to electronics. Many colleges and universities are offering a Mtech, but remember the best way to get a Mtech degree is by qualifying for the all-India entrance exam of GATE(Graduate Aptitude Test for Engineers) in electronics and communication. You can even opt for further higher studies like Ph.D. by enrolling your name in any of the best universities like IITs, NITs, and BESU under the guidance of experts. Step 2 Get a Professional Certificate If you are not alumni of any popular university like IITs, NITs, don’t worry if you wouldn’t get a job in electronics and communication. For your life don’t end there. There is still away. Once you completed your BE or Mtech in electronics and communication, you can always enroll yourself in any of the institutes offering professional certificate courses in areas related to electronics and communication. If you want to be a professional engineer in Embedded System design or VLSI design (the two most prominent fields of electronics), there are institutes like CDAC, Vector India, VEDAIIT, Maven Silicon, and many more which offer short term or long term courses in these fields. Not only that you also get the advantage of being placed in any leading electronics company. If you want to be a professional engineer in communications and networking, you can opt to get certification courses from CISCO like CCENT, CCNP, and CCNA, etc. For entry-level jobs, you can opt for courses like CCENT, and for professional-level jobs you can opt for courses like CCNA or CCNP. Step 3 Have Good Practical Knowledge in Electronics Design Tools Even if you have a degree in electronics and communication and even a professional certification, there is still a constraint in your becoming a professional engineer in electronics and communication. That is having practical knowledge about one or more electronics design tools. If you want to be a professional engineer in embedded system design or circuit designing, you need to have a grip on simulation tools like Proteus, Multisim, or Pspice. You even need to have good programming skills in Embedded C or assembly language programming for Microcontroller programming. If you want to be a professional engineer in PCB designing, you need to have good working knowledge on design tools like CAD, ORCAD, and Eagle, etc. You even need to have basic knowledge about PCB designing and mounting. If you want to be a professional engineer in VLSI or chip designing, you must have working knowledge of tools like Xilinx, Magic, etc and of course must have good VLSI programming skills. If you want to be a professional engineer in control and instrumentation, then a working knowledge in the control and automation tools like lab view, PLCs can prove to be advantageous. Apart from all the above tools I have mentioned, there is one more and the most important electronics software tool and that is MATLAB. Remember if you are an expert in MATLAB programming you can be the expert in the field of electronics and communication, be it in signal processing or image processing or control, or anything else. Step 4 Have Good Technical Skills It is not only the knowledge of software tools that can make you a professional engineer, but also good technical skills. These skills can be having practical knowledge in circuit mounting, soldering or PCB designing, practical knowledge in the installation of networking products like routers, switches, etc, practical knowledge of working with home automation devices like PLCs or practical knowledge of operating electronic equipment like Oscilloscopes, Wave Generators, Pulse Generators, etc. Step 5 Have a Good Experience When the word ‘experience’ comes, it doesn’t literary mean to have any job experience in designing and developing electronics and communication products. Suppose you couldn’t get a degree from any reputed institute nor would afford to enroll for any professional course, don’t panic, there is always a solution. There are many ways to get an entry-level job, which can further prove to be advantageous to get a professional job. As a fresher, you can apply for the position of trainee or intern at any reputed company. If you are GATE or NET qualified, you can always apply for the position of research fellowships at any Government recognized research institutes. A fresher with good theoretical knowledge about subjects related to electronics and communication can also opt for being a technical writer in the field of electronics and communication. Remember this might prove to be a great asset in increasing your exposure to the field of electronics. Step 6 Have a Good Preparation for the Interview If you have passed all the above-defined prerequisites, the last thing you must do is to prepare yourself for a professional job interview. The first and foremost thing you need to have is an attractive, simple yet precise resume. Remember your resume should contain all important details like your achievements, your training details, your experience, your skills, and every other mandatory detail. The next thing you must possess is good communication skills and present yourself in a confident yet modest manner. Remember even if you have got all the above-defined prerequisites of having a degree, a professional certification, technical skills, experience and still lack in communication, you can never achieve your goal of being a professional electronics and communication engineer. Preparation of Resume for Electronics & Engineering Professionals Preparation of a resume with good format is very important for engineers as well as degree holders to get the first impression by the recruiters. However, to make a perfect fresher resume, you have to know what to include & exclude from it. According to the role you are searching for and applying for, it is mandatory to correct your resume by including your skills and relevant work experience. In a fresher resume of electronics engineers, the key points that should be include skills, CGPA (Cumulative Grade Points Average) & designing skills. Different sections need to include in an electronics engineer’s resume like a professional summary, skills, work experience summary, and an overview of educational qualifications. If you have done many certifications courses then you need to add a particular section or they can come under the education section. Address & Contact information. The skills & knowledge must be highlighted in electronics & communication engineering resume like Designing of Circuit, PCB Layout, Testing and Writing Algorithm for Image Processing using Matlab. Use the following sample resume format for reference that will guide you throughout each step of your resume building in a few minutes. Step by Step Breakdown of Electronics Engineer Resume An electronic engineer résumé is a summary on a single page regarding your education and work experiences. Recruiters go with your résumé for their job opening positions to estimate if your resume is suitable for them. Type of Resume Decide the type of resume you want like Chronological, Functional & Combination. Header Creation A header must include your name, mobile number & professional e-mail address Write a Summary The summary in the resume must include your work experience & related skills as it explains an overview of why you are applying for a job in a particular position. Education Details List the educational qualifications that you have done by including GPA. Experiences This section must include the current job with position and previous work experiences. Technical Skills Technical skills of electronics engineers mainly include different courses you have done in the electronics field like Circuit designing, PLC, SCADA, MATLAB, Automation, Testing, etc. Responsibilities/Activities In this section, list out the activities where you have participated & your particular role in that like leadership, team member, community organizations, etc. Please mention the certificates that you have won in many competitions like quizzes, PPTs, etc. Personal Details Personal details should include name, father name, marital status, languages known, religion, nationality, and address for communication. Are you looking to get an electronics engineer position job, then building a strong resume is necessary. So, you must show up to recruiters & give them fine reasons to pick you. If you don’t know how to build a strong resume for electronics professionals, by looking at the sample resume mentioned above, you can get a good idea of proper formatting and what information you need to include in it. That’s it! By the end of this article, don’t you feel more confident and determined to be a professional engineer in the field of electronics and communication and fulfill your rather surreal wishes? Hurry up! Why is it a waste of time waiting? Who knows there might be a future electronics and communication engineer amongst you. Wait! Before you rush to implement all the above things, there is a simple request for the readers. Please give us your valuable suggestions and feedback in the comment section below regarding this article or electronics and electrical projects. We will consider it our pleasure if our article can assist the readers in any way. 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