Engineers Australia (EA) is a professional body of engineers in the country which also serves as the authority to assess skills of incoming engineers who want to work and settle down in Australia as a skilled worker. An Electronics Engineer is expected to create, innovate, design and develop electronic devices (such as mobile phones, telecommunications, robotics, computing hardware, and power and electrical equipment). If an engineer does not hold an EA-accredited engineering qualification or does not hail from a country which is a full signatory of Washington, Dublin, or Sydney Accord, Engineers Australia asks for the Competition Demonstration Report or the CDR.
The CDR assessment pathway uses the report you present to assess your undergraduate qualification and documented graduate competencies. A CDR for an Electronics Engineer needs to showcase your core technical knowledge in the field and how you have applied it in various projects. Career Episodes (CEs) are essential components of a CDR report. You need to write three career episodes in a report focusing on different periods or distinct aspects of engineering activity. Here, we will discuss career episodes for Electronics Engineers.
What to keep in mind while writing a Career Episode for an Electronics Engineer?
An Electronics Engineer’s career episode should focus on designing, developing, and adapting electronics components, circuits and systems used in a computer. You may show how you installed, tested and maintained electronic devices in communication systems, entertainment systems, and transport systems. If you have worked on other industrial applications of electronic devices or components, you may also mention them in your career episodes.
Each career episode you write (whether it is related to Electronics Engineering or other streams of engineering) has to follow MSA (Migration Skills Assessment) guidelines. It has to be in Australian English and follow the specified format. It should not contain spelling mistakes, grammatical errors, or plagiarism. Since career episodes are also judged for your written communication skills, you need to be conscientious and thorough while writing them.
Where can I find a Career Episode Sample for Electronics Engineer Australia?
WriteCDR shares a sample career episode for an Electronics Engineer on request. You can use it as a reference to get an idea of what to write in your CEs. Sample career episodes we offer are written in the EA-specified format and writing style. But you are warned not to use it as your own. All the online Electronics Engineering career episodes you will ever find are also accessible by EA. Hence, they lead to plagiarism issues and visa rejection.
Career episode samples WriteCDR student counsellors offer you are written for Electronics Engineers with Skill Level 1. ANZSCO (Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations) defines Skill Level 1 as the one where the engineer has completed at least a Bachelor degree in the field and has five years of relevant work experience. We also CE samples for Electronics Engineering specialization called Communications Engineering (for defence services).
You will notice that all paragraphs in a career episode are numbered:
- Paragraphs of the first career episode have preceding numbers like 1.1, 1.2, 1.3…
- Paragraphs of the second career episode have preceding numbers like 2.1, 2.2, 2.3…
- Paragraphs of the third career episode have preceding numbers like 3.1, 3.2, 3.3…
You should also check out the career episode report for Electronics Engineer pdf carefully to see how our Electronic Engineering career episode writing experts have covered as many tasks and skills as possible in each career episode.
How to come up with your Career Episode topic?
Our CDR experts question our clients in detail about their academic or career achievements, engineering projects they have done, and engineering problems they solved. They choose the topics for career episodes based on events that happened – chronologically. It means that the earliest project done by an Electronics Engineer client would become the topic of the first career episode and so on.
CE topics chosen by our experts can be easily linked to competency elements EA expects you to demonstrate. They take into account the requirements set by the ANSCO code that fits you, wide variety of technical work you did personally in the project, and work experiences where you attended technical training or seminars in your field. While choosing your Electronics Engineering career episode story, you should also choose a project where you played a major role as an engineer and contributed to the success of the project.
When you write a career episode, you must have evidence to prove every claim you make in it. You do not need to submit technical details of the project to the EA unless it specifically asks for them. The invigilators look for ‘your role’ in the project and are not interested in the entire scope of the project. Hence, sentences like ‘I did…”, “I planned…”, “I found…” carry more weight in career episodes.
Format of the Electronics Engineering Career Episode
Career episodes have to be written in the first person. As stated above, most sentences should start with “I..” Here are the major elements of a career episode:
In this section, you mention when you undertook the project in your academic and career journey, the organization you worked for, and the job title you held at the time. It should be short and not more than 100 words.
In the next 200-250 words, you should set a background for your CE story. You may introduce the engineering project or experience, what were the objectives and work area, your position in the organizational chart, and your defined role in the project.
Engineering activity is the core of your career episode and can be described in 500 to 1,000 words. It should cover the various tasks you did as an Electronics Engineer (as laid down in ANZSCO 233411 code description).
Some of the things you should mention are:
- designing electronic circuits, components, and systems for computers, communication & control systems, and other industrial applications,
- software designing (especially embedded software),
- designing communication systems based on wired, wireless, and optical fibre communication media,
- developing ways to test electronic circuits, systems and components,
- supervising installation, control, and protection of electronic devices and systems,
- monitoring performance of operating, maintaining, and repairing electronic systems and making sure they adhere to safety standards, and
- choosing appropriate hardware and software for an application and developing algorithms to use them appropriately.
A career episode summary recapitulates everything you’ve written in your CE in 50-100 words.