Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering as a career

This blog is about one of the options a student in 10th and 12th has. It talks about how 10th pass out students can choose their careers. It also talks about courses after 12th.

This branch of Engineering, famously abbreviated as E&TC, combines two different disciplines elevating its own relevance in modern India. Electronics Engineering utilizes design of Electronic circuits, devises and systems. Telecommunication utilises these devices and systems for communication over large distances in the world.

E&TC emerged on the horizon in the late nineteenth century with the advent of telegraphs. In early twentieth century, radios and telephones fuelled in the research in this field. People were attracted to radio by the technical fascination it inspired, first in receiving and then in transmitting.

Career as an E&TC engineer can be a very exciting in India. In India, you can be start working as an E&TC Engineer after B.E./B.Tech. In order to get into one of these courses you must have 10+2. In addition, in most of the colleges you must qualify Joint Entrance Examination (JEE). You may apply for direct second year admission in B.E. after completing Diploma in E&TC Engineering.

How would I know, I am Interested in this field?

This is a question we ask our students to ponder upon first. For choosing any field, you must be interested in that field. You should not enter into a field, because of peer pressure or parent’s insistence. So, how would you know if you are interested in Electronics and Tele-communication?

Our advice would be to see around you. You are surrounded by tons of electronic gadgets used for tele-communication. Do you like them? Do you ever wonder how TV’s work? How radio waves travel? How can I see same YouTube video on my phone and on my desktop? If the answer is yes. Its worth considering. Also, if you are in India, finding a person who is working in E&TC is is not that difficult. Discuss with them about their typical day at work. Ask them why do they like their jobs? What skills they think are important in order to pursue career in this field? These discussions may give you insights into what you may have to do for about 35 years of your life. Are you ready?

In addition to visit to your future workplace taking psychometric test is best way to judge your career options. It will help you understand your skills, preferences and personality types. Methods like Mayer’s Bragg Testing are statistically proven and can be easily read. For counselling you may consider the counsellor with industry experience.

What is the scope?

After completing Engineering course in E&TC you may land up in one of the following jobs?

Signal Processing

It deals with the analysis and manipulation of signals. Signals can be analogous or digital.

Telecommunication Engineering

It deals with the transmission of information across a channel such as a co-axial cable, optical fibre or free space. You may picture working for companies like Vodafone.

Control Engineering

It has a wide range of applications from the flight and propulsion systems of commercial airplanes to the cruise control present in many modern cars. It also plays an important role in industrial automation.

Computer engineering

This field includes the micro controller and its applications. Computer engineers may also work on a system’s software. However, the design of complex software systems is often the domain of software engineering, which is usually considered a separate discipline.

How much salary should I expect?

Freshers in E&TC Engineering may fetch average salary of about Rs. 2,94,272/- per annum. Once you are into this industry, career growth entirely depends on your knowledge, skills and communication skills. After joining the industry, within a period of six years, most of the people may fetch salary of about Rs. 9,00,000/- per annum. (Source: Payscale.com)

Entrance Exams

From last three years, most of the institutes in India have subscribed to Joint Entrance Examination (JEE). Apart from IITs and NITs, engineering colleges in the States of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Nagaland, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Odisha have joined JEE (Main) system.

In order to perform well in this exam, start your preparation early.