A Sustainable Career as a PCB Designer is Supported by a Number of Factors
In its most basic definition, a printed circuit board (PCB) is a sheet of insulating material used for mounting and interconnecting various components in electronic equipment. The first circuit boards trace back more than 100 years, to the submission of a patent that involved the creation of an electrical path directly on an insulated surface/material.
Prior to the introduction of PCBs, electrical circuits were connected through the arduous construction/installation of direct point-to-point wiring; though this was the best method available for that time, there would be frequent failures and instances of short-circuiting that occurred during inclement weather and/or as the wire insulation began to age.
Today, printed circuit boards are used in all but the simplest types of electronic products. This practice not only facilitates the electrical connection between components but also ensures more consistent and reliable performances from the respective devices or pieces of equipment. In addition, PCBs have played an important role in reducing both the size and the manufacturing costs of electronic products.
All of the above bode well for individuals looking to pursue a career as a PCB designer. This is particularly true in light of the ongoing demand from consumers or end-users for smaller, more sophisticated and more cost-effective electronic goods in such markets as:
- Gaming Systems
- Televisions and Stereos
- Amplifiers and Synthesizers
The educational background for PCB designers commonly includes a two-year program in electronic drafting and design, although some employers may require a four-year degree in electronic technology engineering. Areas of emphasis throughout the course of these studies should consist of:
- Mechanical drafting
- Descriptive geometry
- Electronic circuits and devices
- Computer-aided design/drafting
- Electronic structuring and fabrication
- Integrated network design and analysis
PCB designers are customarily employed by manufacturers of electronic components or semiconductors, who in turn can be contracted to develop and provide circuit boards to clients within specialized industry sectors including:
With the ongoing proliferation of, and dependence on, electronics and electronic devices in virtually all aspects of everyday life, the need for skilled PCB designers would appear to be rather sustainable.
Employers Will Often Use Recruitment Agencies to Help Fill PCB Designer Jobs
Whether an individual is looking to initiate or advance their career as a PCB designer, the competition for employment can prove to be quite challenging. This is, after all, a rather specialized field; this factor, in conjunction with employer needs for capable talent in this role, means that PCB designer jobs could be highly coveted by many with the necessary background and/or experience.
Due to the nature of these positions, employers will often assign the recruiting and hiring processes to a staffing agency like Winters Technical Staffing; these arrangements are favoured by employers who feel that specialized recruitment may be too time-consuming and cost-prohibitive to conduct using internal resources. And, for many of these cases, the job openings for which new talent is needed are not made public by the employers.
As a result, candidates seeking PCB designer jobs would be well-advised to align any job search efforts with an experienced and respected recruitment agency such as Winters Technical Staffing. For more than 40 years, consultants from Winters Technical Staffing have been providing staffing solutions for employers within the electronics sector and its related/associated industries, including the placement of PCB designers in publicized and non-publicized roles.
By capitalizing on the resources and expertise available from Winters Technical Staffing, those looking for employment as a PCB designer can conduct their search efforts more effectively and potentially expedite a positive outcome as well.
See our Industry Specialties page for more details on the areas of specialization supported by the recruiting professionals from Winters Technical Staffing.
Contact Winters Today
Are you interested in establishing or advancing your career as a PCB designer? Call the recruitment specialists from Winters Technical Staffing today at 1-877-495-7422 or contact us to schedule a complimentary discussion on aligning your goals with potential opportunities.