Thanks to electronic engineering technicians, we have the opportunity to use many of the computer and communications systems, as well as electronically or computer-driven appliances that have become such a huge part of our everyday existence. Electronic engineers design and manufacture electronic components. The tasks handled by them range from the design and testing of integrated circuits (microelectronics) and the design of radio components and systems such as radio transmitters and receivers. Another of their key tasks involves the design of interface systems to computers or embedded controllers. Some of the more typical electronic equipment worked on by electronic engineering associates includes DVDs, Eftpos machines, microwaves and CD players. An electronic engineering associate also develops 'controllers' for industrial applications. For example, processing plants are operated and controlled by computers which require electronic sensors that are developed by electronic engineers.
It's fairly obvious that many of the changes that we've had to adapt to in life, have come about as a result of the electronic and communications revolution that continues to evolve. Financial transactions at banks, supermarkets and our communications with friends via e-mail, are clear evidence of this. 'Electronic engineering allows you to be at the forefront of designing and implementing exciting changes that will alter the way people work and live,' says Vaughan Wittorff, Senior Lecturer, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. 'The fields of electronic engineering, telecommunications and computer engineering are rapidly converging, as computers and other electronic circuits are being linked in larger and more extensive networks. The resulting changes will be far more reaching than most can imagine,' he says.
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