of Science/Bachelor of Arts: Engineering Physics/English
Microwave Integrated Circuit) Design Engineer
I chose to study
physics because I knew that instead of being purely trained for
a job, I would be encouraged to learn, understand and develop skills
to investigate the physical world. Physics turned out to be a good
choice because I was able to study many different fields, from electronics
to semiconductor physics, lasers and photonics as well as the theoretical
subjects like quantum mechanics and relativity. Iíve found that
in my job Iíve been able to apply a lot of what Iíve learnt, such
as semiconductor physics and laser applications.
My career has
only just started. Iíve had previous work experience at CSIRO and
I spent six months working at Redfern Integrated Optics as part
of my Engineering Physics degree. I now work at MMIC. I design integrated
circuits for microwave radio applications. An example is designing
point to point links between mobile phone reception towers, military
radar and broadband telecommunication data links. As part of my
job I design amplifier and related circuits at up to 40GHz frequencies.
I organise to have prototypes of the circuits manufactured in GaAs
semiconductor foundries, and collaborate with customers while trying
to meet the marketís needs.
I would recommend
studying physics because it teaches a broad range of subjects and
encourages students to learn and develop skills in understanding
the physical world.