PCB Designer

Circuit Designer


Preferably Diploma

Certified training for Design Engineer (programme aligned to ELE/Q8703 released by Electronics Sector Skills Development Council)

Not applicable

The tasks a Design Engineer is expected to perform include:

Assisting R&D engineers in undertaking research on new products and systems

Working with systems designers to create initial drawings

Managing libraries for component building

Testing and finalising design of new products

Understanding layout requirements and developing procedures and analysis

Proficiency in constructing circuits according to engineering principles, technical manuals using knowledge of electronic systems and components

Proficiency in verifying designs through hand assembly, as instructed by systems analyst

Adept at analysing and interpreting test data as part of the design verification and validation process

Adept at editing, developing and implementing solutions as per customer requirements, on approval from systems analyst and the designer

Knowledge of CADSTAR, Cadence Or CAD & Allegro, Auto

CAD LT, Eagle, Protel, Altium, Auto

CAD, Hyper lynx and layout techniques for good signal integrity, mentor graphics, Valor NPI, DXDesigner and PADs with DXDatabook, CAD packages,CAM350 and other software for schematic capture, PCB design and layout tools

Knowledge of PCB layout design placement, routing, Gerber verification, Build library parts (footprints, schematic symbols), ERP systems, BOM structures, design for test (DFT) and design for manufacturability (DFM), foot-printing, Net listing, constraint setup

Knowledge of debugging, schematics, PCB design, assembly process, wire diagram and interpretation of technical drawings

Knowledge of servers, Storage Hardware, RAID technology, hardware design, testing, verification and validation

Knowledge of installing and configuring Operating Systems (Linux, Windows), Storage subsystems

Physically fit

Manual dexterity and stability

Analytical thinking

Attention to detail

Ability to work long hours on computers

Team player

Good communication skills

Sense of time management

Problem solving

Deductive reasoning

It is a desk job

Work from home option is not available

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available in some cities.Localtravellingisnotapartofthisjobrole.Need not handle a team

Working hours

Working is 9 hours every day for 6 days a week

Overtime is common

Shift system may be applicable

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?Maybe

This job is not considered hazardous or dangerous

Health risks include physical and mental strain

One may develop occupational hazard like poor eyesight, lethargy, joint pain etc. if proper care is not taken

For freshers ?`12,500 to`18,000 per month

For candidates with experience -`30,000 to`50,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Demand for PCB Designers

Expanding horizons in electronics market has brought tremendous demand for trained and experienced PCB designers, informs Dhiraj Kumar, director, Systems Engineering, Argus Technologies. He says, ?There are significant job opportunities in India for professionals with PCB design expertise.However, the industry is currently running short of qualified designers in the area of electronic system design at all the levels.

Future Scope

There is good scope in this industry for electronics hardware engineers, believes Amit Gohel, founder, Eleics Design. For freshers, he says, ?Entry-level roles will be inclined towards PCB design verification, quality analysis and quality control initially. It will be a good learning curve for them to verify their seniorsdesigns.He adds, ?Once they are design-ready, they would later be assigned to design small circuit boards and customer PCBs.?

According to, the manufacturing and engineering industry tops the list of industries hiring engineers to work in the PCB design domain with about 34% share of jobs, followed by the IT industry with a share of 26%. IT-hardware/semiconductor and networking industries offer 14% of the jobs.

Electronics manufacturing companies

Engineering firms

Product/Service organizations

Job openings are in Tier I, Tier II and Tier III cities