Electrical, electronics and avionics engineers design, construct, install, maintain and test electronic and electrical systems including communications, navigation and control.
Avionics is the application of electrical and electronic systems to aircraft and spacecraft. Depending on their purpose, all spacecraft involve a number of electrical and electronic systems and instrumentation. They are like the nervous system of a spacecraft. These systems include power, communication, navigation, guidance, thermal management and other control systems.
Electrical, electronic and aviation engineers might work on anything from individual components like circuit boards, sensors and microprocessors through to the entire electrical system of a spacecraft. They can work on everything from designing new systems to testing and troubleshooting faults.
The minimum study requirement to work as an electrical, electronic or avionics engineer is typically a relevant undergraduate degree in engineering.
The following universities offer undergraduate study options specifically related to the space industry which may be relevant to becoming an electrical, electronic or avionics engineer:
- Swinburne University's Space Technology minor, which is available to undergraduate students in any degree
- The University of Sydney’s Space Engineering stream, which is available to undergraduate Aeronautical, Mechatronic and Mechanical Engineering students.
- UNSW@ADFA’s Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering (Honours)
Degrees in the following study areas may also be relevant to becoming an electrical, electronic or avionics engineer:
- Aeronautical Engineering
- Aerospace Engineering
- Electrical/Electronics Engineering
Almost all universities in Australia offer degrees in engineering. Visit individual university websites for more information.
At the postgraduate level, the following courses may be relevant to becoming an electrical, electronic or avionics engineer:
- The International Space University’s Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program, which forms the first part of the University of South Australia’s Graduate Certificate of Space Studies
- UNSW’s Master of Engineering Science (Satellite Systems Engineering)
- UNSW’s Master of Engineering Science (Space Systems Engineering)
Postgraduate qualifications by coursework or research in relevant areas of engineering may also support a career as an electrical, electronic or avionics engineer.