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PCB Engineer-The Practical Technology Skill

Printed circuits like the one shown in figure 1 got famous in the 1950s, and the requirement for PCB engineers to make those circuits took off. The boards were engineered on a drafting board having quite a large size using tape, knives, stickers, and a steady hand. Those boards would be polished over a film using a reduction camera and utilize in the fabrication process. In the modern world, PCB engineering is done using different simulation tools. 

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1.PCB Engineering according to the design

The PCB engineer is responsible for creating library models added to the PCB board using the software. Then the designer creates the circuit board design within the CAD system using the footprints that have been created. Once all of the required impressions have been placed on the board, the engineer connects all of the electrical connections using lines that represent metal in a process called trace routing. A PCB engineer has to have the ability to see beyond the lines and shapes of components on their computer screen to visualize where the design is headed. A sound PCB engineer can create something from nothing while solving many different puzzles along the way. Engineers are laying out their printed circuit boards these days. Traditionally, PCB engineers do the board’s layout only without doing any of the board’s engineering.

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2.Requires of PCB Engineer

There does not exist a degree specifically in the PCB layout domain. It is observed that there are still many positions that do not require the PCB engineer to have a degree of any kind. However, you will have much better success as a PCB engineer if you have a degree that includes courses in drafting, computer-aided design, electronic design, or other related areas of study. As PCB designs become more complex, more companies will begin to require degrees for their PCB engineer.

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The need to design current and evolving PCB technologies is growing in the industry. With more and more electronics, such as IoT, becoming an everyday part of our lives, the future of electronic design is very bright. However, the pool of experienced PCB engineers is shrinking as many engineers are approaching retirement age. The industry needs more PCB engineers, and those that are currently involved are reporting that their compensation and job satisfaction are on the rise.

Designing printed circuit boards can be the upcoming demand of the industry. If you are ready to start a career as a PCBs engineer, take a look at Altium. Altium Engineer is PCB design software made for engineers and PCB engineers to create world-class PCB designs. Not only will the software help you with all aspects of your design, but Altium offers training on its software that will help you to hit the ground running.

Hommer Zhao
Hi, I am Hommer, the founder of WellPCB. So far, we have more than 4,000 customers worldwide. If you have any questions, you can feel free to contact me. I really appreciate any help you can provide.