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Electronics & Communications
Jobs in the field of electronics and communications cover a wide range of roles, from designing and assembling new technology such as the latest generation of mobile phones to handling the technical aspects of broadcast radio. The sector offers a number of exciting and varied career paths.
Electronics isn't all about putting together circuits and developing transistors and capacitors (although you'll need a good understanding of these all the same.) You could be working on the development of new technology devices such as computers and mobile phones, helping to design, assemble and test electronic systems, components and equipment.
Jobs in Communications are varied, you could be working in a managerial role or in a hands on development role in industries that rely on communications technologies such as the internet, computers, information networks, telecommunications or broadcast radio.
In a managerial role you could find yourself planning and managing projects to develop and implement communications systems, ensuring that they are completed on time and within budget to the highest standard. In a practical position you could be helping to design and deliver communication solutions and providing technical support and guidance.
In the UK the sector generates about £3.4bn a year and employs over 24,000 people. Yorkshire is home to around 7% of companies in this sector who account for about 7% of employment. Most are employed in larger companies, whilst only around 10% are employed in small companies. About half of all jobs in this sector in Yorkshire are based in Leeds and Sheffield but you can also find clusters of related companies around Bradford, Doncaster, Hull, York and Wakefield.
For graduates there are a range of opportunities on offer. If electronics are your thing than the region is home to companies that specialise in research, design and manufacture of communications equipment, home and car entertainment equipment, display technologies and specialist instrumentation. Some of the major employers in Yorkshire include Filtronic, Pace Micro Technology, Pioneer Technology and Ring. The telecommunications sector is also strong with employers including KComm's (the new name for Kingston Communications), Plusnet Broadband based in Sheffield and both BT and Virgin media having a large presence throughout the region.
You can find out more about the picture for electronics graduates in the region by visiting Electronics Yorkshire's website which includes useful information on training courses in the region as well as up-to-date news on the regions industry.
Job vacancies in Electronics & Communications
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Useful links:Electronics Yorkshire
Supports and assists the growth of electronics across Yorkshire and the Humber.
The Sector Skills Council for IT, Telecoms and Contact Centres. Has useful career information and regional pages.
The Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies, including electronics.
The York Electronics Centre offers an Electronic Design Service, providing practical, timely engineering solutions, utilising specialist expertise within York University.