Microelectronics is an advanced form of engineering. You won’t begin by studying for a career in microelectronics. You’ll begin by studying engineering and specializing towards the end of your studies. You’ll reach a point in university where you’ll be asked to start specializing in one form of engineering.
As a niche area of the industry, you’ll need a solid foundation in basic engineering principles before moving on.
In this article, we’ll discuss exactly what you need to leave university as a qualified engineer in microelectronics.
Background for Engineering
Your background should consist of a strong background in mathematics and science. The skills you learn in these two broad subjects form the foundations of engineering.
Someone with a background in engineering will be able to demonstrate their passion for engineering when they apply to college. This might involve staying updated on the latest goings on in the industry, or demonstrating knowledge of a specific type of engineering.
Skills and Traits
Someone who wants to enter microelectronics must be able to demonstrate creativity as well as logic. All engineers need to be logical to do their jobs, but only with creativity can you advance the field. Microelectronics is all about advancing the field. You’ll need to enjoy tinkering with devices and finding out new things.
It also helps if you’re a good reader. This is why a lot of engineers also have good grades in English.
You’ll be expected to spend time at an engineering school in your state or locality. In engineering school, you’ll learn the basics of engineering. This is where you school grades come in and where you’ll have to show that you’re going to offer a real contribution to the educational environment.
An Advanced Degree
Let’s say you’ve gone through engineering school and you’ve learned all the basics. At this point, you’ll get the opportunity to specialize with an advanced degree. Choose an advanced degree in microelectronics and you’ll learn about the three areas of focus; research, reliability, and manufacture.
An engineer with an advanced degree will then need to move out of the classroom and onto more practical matters.
Experience and Success
Engineering is a field that prioritizes experience above all else. In the beginning, when you apply for entry level positions in engineering you’ll be putting your skills into practice. You might be able to put forth ideas, but you won’t have a free hand to perform your own research and to generally do what you want.
The most successful engineers will also practice their skills outside of class. They might get involved with independent subjects, or attend conventions where they showcase their work.
An engineer can only get better by testing themselves. Education itself only offers a foundation in the subject. What determines a successful engineer is how they build upon these foundations in the real world.
Overall, the path to becoming an engineer in any field is a long one. If you’re passionate about the subject, though, you should have no problems getting into your dream job as a microelectronics engineer.
Today’s guest post is contributed by Sandra Fischer. She is a successful entrepreneur and an ardent blogger. She shares her knowledge, experiences, and interests through her articles. She recently read about the work done by Rogue Valley Micro MEMS Engineering, and found it very fascinating and way ahead of its time.