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James Toynton
Posted byJames Toynton

James is an expert in the R&D and Semiconductor field across Europe, you can connect with him on LinkedIn here:

James connected me with a great opportunity for a new contract on extremely short notice. He is a professional and dedicated recruiter. I'm looking forward to more placements from him! Doug Cutter, Technical leader.

James Toynton is our Engineering Specialist concentrating in providing roles in the following sectors; Automotive, Consumer Electronics, Medical, IoT and Industrial. It is an exciting market to be part of as it presents opportunities where first-hand you impact the environment that we live in, with strategic decisions made in relation to projects that you are part of.  

James gives us more insight into all we need to know about an electronic engineer role below:

How much on average do electronic engineers earn?

Engineers in the semiconductor industry can earn up to €100 per hour as a contractor, and highly technical engineers can also clear the €100,000 mark annually. There is a good salary to be had working in this field, so for all those deciding what they want to do career wise before going to university, this is certainly something to consider. 

What qualifications will I need?

A degree in Electronic Engineering, Computer Science or Microelectronics are the highly recommended starting points. In recent years there has been an increasing tendency to see master's degrees on CVs specialising in certain fields to increase the likelihood of employability and shows that the professional has built up experience with a strategic approach. 

How much experience is required to be an electronic engineer?

Degree level is needed to enter the industry. There are dozens of different pathways – be it research, analog/digital electronics, sales, project management, manufacturing, etc. As mentioned previously, this is where a master's degree can help you get an idea for several topics before committing on a certain engineer pathway. 

Do I need specific skills and attributes?

English speaking, open minded, willing to relocate as some opportunities are overseas however this can provide a perfect opportunity for your career and work experience, which is invaluable and you also get to live in a different country experiencing a new culture and way of life! 

What roles can I transition from?

Typical ones include, analog and digital design, verification, validation, testing, layout, evaluation for pure technical career paths; sales/field sales/application/field application engineering for engineers with good people skills and more money motivated; project management for people management with technical understanding. 

What sectors and industries need electronic engineers?

There are many routes an engineer can go down; Automotive, consumer electronics, medical, IoT, industrial. It is all a case of understanding which area best suits your competencies. 

Why does the electronic engineer role exist?

The world needs innovators, creators and visionaries for the differing types of engineer roles out there. As technology advances and roles increase this sector is one that is booming, both in salary and career paths. The role exists because it is very much needed to ensure that analysis can be made on engineering issues and result in a solution. 

Looking for a role in electronic engineering across Europe? Contact James today.

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