Profession printed circuit board designer

Printed circuit board designers diagram and design the construction of circuit boards. They envision the logical placing of conductive tracks, coppers, and pin pads in the board. They use computer programmes and specialised software for the designs.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative
  • Artistic / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Circuit diagrams

    Read and comprehend circuit diagrams showing the connections between the devices, such as power and signal connections.

  • Printed circuit boards

    Printed circuit boards (PCB) are essential components to almost all electronic devices. They consist of thin wafers or substrates on which electronic components, such as microchips, are placed. The electronic components are electrically connected through conductive tracks and pads.

  • Design drawings

    Understand design drawings detailing the design of products, tools, and engineering systems.

  • Electronics

    The functioning of electronic circuit boards, processors, chips, and computer hardware and software, including programming and applications. Apply this knowledge to ensure electronic equipment runs smoothly.

  • Mathematics

    Mathematics is the study of topics such as quantity, structure, space, and change. It involves the identification of patterns and formulating new conjectures based on them. Mathematicians strive to prove the truth or falsity of these conjectures. There are many fields of mathematics, some of which are widely used for practical applications.

  • CAD software

    The computer-aided design (CAD) software for creating, modifying, analysing or optimising a design.

  • Electricity

    Understand the principles of electricity and electrical power circuits, as well as the associated risks.

Skills

  • Test printed circuit boards

    Test the printed circuit board with special testing adapters to ensure optimal efficiency, functionality, and that everything works according to design. Adapt the testing devices to the type of circuit board.

  • Draft design specifications

    List the design specifications such as materials and parts to be used and a cost estimate.

  • Use CAD software

    Use computer-aided design (CAD) systems to assist in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimisation of a design.

  • Execute analytical mathematical calculations

    Apply mathematical methods and make use of calculation technologies in order to perform analyses and devise solutions to specific problems.

  • Use technical drawing software

    Create technical designs and technical drawings using specialised software.

  • Create technical plans

    Create detailed technical plans of machinery, equipment, tools and other products.

  • Design circuit boards

    Draught circuit boards used in electronic product such as cell phones and computers, make sure to include integrated circuits and microchips in the design.

Optional knowledge and skills

electrical engineering draw blueprints manufacturing processes design prototypes identify customer's needs electrical wiring plans cadd software provide technical documentation develop assembly instructions use cadd software plan manufacturing processes monitor manufacturing quality standards use manual draughting techniques manual draughting techniques ensure equipment maintenance create a product's virtual model

Common job titles

  • Pcb designer
  • Pc board designer
  • Electronic drafter
  • Printed circuit board designer 2
  • Pcb layout designer
  • Engineering designer
  • Pcb designer - level tbd
  • Drafter/cad operator