Before we start talking about the skills that can take you to a PCB design culture, let’s know what they mean by PCB designers.
What PCBs are?
PCB stands for Printed Circuit Board, usually a flat, thin, square, green fiberglass pieces that have electrical components attached on them. These boards are part of almost all the electronics we use, for example, if you open a remote or a cell phone or any other device you’ll find a green plate there with some silver electronic components, and some linings drawn on them. These are wires that are "printed" on the green glass plate. They connect the electrical components by forming some circuits, therefore called as "printed circuit board."
Who designs them?
The PCB designers are usually the electrical engineers or the one who recently got a diploma/certification in circuit designing. They are the key persons in research and development (R&D), electronics production units and in the Printed Circuit Board industry. The PCB designer has a lot of responsibilities as the work is keen and requires attention and accuracy. The work is not only about interconnecting some electronic components but also considering the functioning of the circuits. It often happens that a circuit which functions well when connected on a board would not be working properly on an ill-designed PCB. The job roles of a PCB designer is complex and requires concentration and time.
A person who owns designing skills with electrical knowledge has a lot of opportunities waiting in the PCB designing field. The PCB industries are growing rapidly as the consumers seeking more attractive, handy and innovative products, the great technology is not enough for them. The consumer always looks glamorous yet powerful devices to replace the old one, for example, swallowed cameras that have replaced the old invasive procedure of examinations. To obtain such kind of technology revolution of PCB is essential which increase the career opportunity and growth of the PCB designers.
Where to begin from?
The demand of the engineers has been increased in the industry and most of the PCB design companies giving the opportunity to the freshers. The electronic/electrical engineering freshers first go through a training process of minimum three months and then get allocated to entry-level engineering projects.
The skills and qualifications required for PCB designing
- Knowledge of fundamentals in basic electronics
- Basic understanding of electronic components and their package information
- Basic understanding of PCB
- Good aptitude
- Continuous learning drive
- Communication skills
The future of this industry is obvious to anyone who takes a close look at the future of electronics and one who has the PCB designing skills has a great career ahead.