Electronics Engineer

Operating and Maintaining Robotic Submarines

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  • Varied and multi-disciplinary day to day work
  • My role includes up to 90 days at sea per year
  • 4 to 5 years of training, usually by university degree

Electronics Engineering roles can vary a lot depending on where you work. From the type of work, how hands-on it is, to the culture of the office, it is hard to describe what an average Electronics Engineer does. In general, you can expect to have to understand electrical circuits, designing them when necessary. Engineering roles are very problem-solving based, and it will be common to be presented with complex challenges that you will need to develop innovative solutions for.

In my specific role in the Operations Team at the National Oceanography Centre, my work is based mainly around maintaining and operating the Autosub 6000 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). This involves a wide spectrum of electronics skills including troubleshooting, soldering, design, and some software as well if required. I also go to sea with the submarine to run and operate the machine on scientific missions so that the scientists on the expeditions can collect the samples and data they need to carry out their research.

Possible pathways to this job

If you want to be an engineer, you will need A-levels in Maths and Physics. A degree in Engineering or a technology related subject is essential to work in this sector.  For some roles, a degree in any engineering discipline may be acceptable.  For other roles, you would need a specific degree.

For some roles, a master’s degree will help you build industry specific skills.

For more information about this role, visit:

National Careers Service: Electronics engineer: Electronics engineer | Explore careers | National Careers Service

Prospects: Electronics engineer: Electronics engineer job profile | Prospects.ac.uk

UCAS: Electrical and Electronic Engineering: Electrical and electronic engineering | Subject guides | UCAS 

Information about the employer

The NOC is one of the world’s top oceanographic institutions. We provide the UK’s National Capability needed to be a top global player, to lead and participate in international cooperations. We undertake world leading research in large scale oceanography and ocean measurement technology innovation; working with government and business to turn great science and technology into advice and applications. We support scientists in universities and research institutes with facilities, research infrastructure and irreplaceable data assets – enabling the UK to harness the full power and diversity of its ocean science talent.

Electronics Engineer

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