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Become An Electrical Test Engineer

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Working As An Electrical Test Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $92,310

    Average Salary

What Does An Electrical Test Engineer Do

Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacturing of electrical equipment, such as electric motors, radar and navigation systems, communications systems, or power generation equipment. Electrical engineers also design the electrical systems of automobiles and aircraft.

Electronics engineers design and develop electronic equipment, such as broadcast and communications systems, from portable music players to global positioning systems (GPSs). Many also work in areas closely related to computer hardware.


Electrical engineers typically do the following:

  • Design new ways to use electrical power to develop or improve products
  • Perform detailed calculations to develop manufacturing, construction, and installation standards and specifications
  • Direct the manufacture, installation, and testing of electrical equipment to ensure that products meet specifications and codes
  • Investigate complaints from customers or the public, evaluate problems, and recommend solutions
  • Work with project managers on production efforts to ensure that projects are completed satisfactorily, on time, and within budget

Electronics engineers typically do the following:

  • Design electronic components, software, products, or systems for commercial, industrial, medical, military, or scientific applications
  • Analyze customer needs and determine the requirements, capacity, and cost for developing an electrical system plan
  • Develop maintenance and testing procedures for electronic components and equipment
  • Evaluate systems and recommend design modifications or equipment repair
  • Inspect electronic equipment, instruments, and systems to make sure that they meet safety standards and applicable regulations
  • Plan and develop applications and modifications for electronic properties used in parts and systems in order to improve technical performance

Electronics engineers who work for the federal government research, develop, and evaluate electronic devices used in a variety of areas, such as aviation, computing, transportation, and manufacturing. They work on federal electronic devices and systems, including satellites, flight systems, radar and sonar systems, and communications systems.

The work of electrical engineers and electronics engineers is often similar. Both use engineering and design software and equipment to do engineering tasks. Both types of engineers also must work with other engineers to discuss existing products and possibilities for engineering projects.

Engineers whose work is related exclusively to computer hardware are considered computer hardware engineers.

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How To Become An Electrical Test Engineer

Electrical and electronics engineers must have a bachelor’s degree. Employers also value practical experience, so participation in cooperative engineering programs, in which students earn academic credit for structured work experience. Having a Professional Engineer (PE) license may improve an engineer’s chances of finding employment.


High school students interested in studying electrical or electronics engineering benefit from taking courses in physics and mathematics, including algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. Courses in drafting are also helpful, because electrical and electronics engineers often are required to prepare technical drawings.

In order to enter the occupation, prospective electrical and electronics engineers need a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, electronics engineering, or electrical engineering technology. Programs include classroom, laboratory, and field studies. Courses include digital systems design, differential equations, and electrical circuit theory. Programs in electrical engineering, electronics engineering, or electrical engineering technology should be accredited by ABET.

Some colleges and universities offer cooperative programs in which students gain practical experience while completing their education. Cooperative programs combine classroom study with practical work. Internships provide similar experience and are growing in number.

At some universities, students can enroll in a 5-year program that leads to both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. A graduate degree allows an engineer to work as an instructor at some universities, or in research and development.

Important Qualities

Concentration. Electrical and electronics engineers design and develop complex electrical systems and electronic components and products. They must be able to keep track of multiple design elements and technical characteristics when performing these tasks.

Initiative. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to apply their knowledge to new tasks in every project they undertake. In addition, they must engage in continuing education to keep up with changes in technology.

Interpersonal skills. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to work with others during the manufacturing process to ensure that their plans are implemented correctly. This collaboration includes monitoring technicians and devising remedies to problems as they arise.

Math skills. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to use the principles of calculus and other advanced math in order to analyze, design, and troubleshoot equipment.

Speaking skills. Electrical and electronics engineers work closely with other engineers and technicians. They must be able to explain their designs and reasoning clearly and to relay instructions during product development and production. They also may need to explain complex issues to customers who have little or no technical expertise.

Writing skills. Electrical and electronics engineers develop technical publications related to equipment they develop, including maintenance manuals, operation manuals, parts lists, product proposals, and design methods documents.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as electrical and electronics engineers. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam can be taken right after graduation from a college or university. Engineers who pass this exam commonly are called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After getting work experience, EITs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering exam.

Several states require engineers to take continuing education courses to keep their license. Most states recognize licensure from other states if the licensing state’s requirements meet or exceed their own licensure requirements.


Electrical and electronic engineers may advance to supervisory positions in which they lead a team of engineers and technicians. Some may move to management positions, working as engineering or program managers. Preparation for managerial positions usually requires working under the guidance of a more experienced engineer. For more information, see the profile on architectural and engineering managers.

For sales work, an engineering background enables engineers to discuss a product's technical aspects and assist in product planning and use. For more information, see the profile on sales engineers.

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Electrical Test Engineer Career Paths

Electrical Test Engineer
Field Engineer Construction Manager
Commissioning Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Senior Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Electrical Design Engineer Senior Electrical Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Application Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Engineer Senior Field Engineer
Field Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Lead Technician Technical Supervisor
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Application Engineer Process Engineer Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Radio Frequency Engineer Project Manager Product Manager
Product Line Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Systems Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Electrical Engineer Project Manager Product Manager
Research And Development Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Electrical Design Engineer Electrical Engineer
Senior Electrical Engineer
12 Yearsyrs
Radio Frequency Engineer Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Engineer Mechanical Engineer
Senior Mechanical Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Analyst Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Electrical Engineer Engineering Manager Program Manager
Technical Director
7 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Technical Services Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Operations Manager General Manager
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Engineer 3.2 years
Test Technician 3.1 years
Test Engineer 3.0 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 5.2%
Engineer 3.5%
Top Employers After
Engineer 4.2%

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Electrical Test Engineer Education


Rochester Institute of Technology


Purdue University


Arizona State University


University of California - Irvine


Pennsylvania State University


Indiana State University


Northeastern University


Michigan Technological University


University of North Dakota


Ohio State University


Drexel University


Wayne State University


Illinois Institute of Technology


Texas A&M University


George Washington University


Fairleigh Dickinson University


California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo


Ferris State University


University of Alabama


University of Connecticut

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Electrical Engineering Technology




Computer Engineering




Engineering And Industrial Management


Systems Engineering




Project Management


Computer Information Systems


Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians


Mechanical Engineering


Industrial Engineering


Science, Technology, And Society


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Manufacturing Engineering






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Real Electrical Test Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Electrical Test Engineer Silver Spring Networks, Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 16, 2016 $116,000 -
Electrical Test Engineer Cepheid Sunnyvale, CA Jul 31, 2015 $104,000
Electrical Test Engineer Bloom Energy Sunnyvale, CA Aug 03, 2016 $102,606
Electrical Test Engineer Gamesa Wind Us LLC Chesapeake, VA Mar 15, 2011 $98,000
Electrical Testing Engineer Power Testing and Energization, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 09, 2015 $95,680
Electrical Testing Engineer Power Testing and Energization, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 13, 2016 $95,680
Electrical Testing Engineer Power Testing and Energization, Inc. Houston, TX Jun 09, 2016 $95,680
Electrical Test Engineer Bloom Energy Corporation Sunnyvale, CA May 31, 2016 $91,104
Electrical Test Engineer Dynamic Manufacturing Inc. Melrose Park, IL Apr 25, 2016 $90,000
Electrical Test Engineer Aerotek, Inc. Lake Forest, IL May 10, 2015 $87,654
Electrical Test Engineer Silver Spring Networks, Inc. Redwood City, CA Aug 13, 2015 $87,048 -
Electrical Test Engineer Entegris, Inc. Chaska, MN Sep 23, 2016 $87,000
Electrical Test Engineer RAB Lighting, Inc. Northvale, NJ Mar 14, 2016 $78,000
Electrical Test Engineer Bloom Energy Corporation Sunnyvale, CA May 31, 2013 $75,000
Electrical Test Engineer Quanta Laboratories Santa Clara, CA Oct 01, 2012 $74,276
Test Engineer/Electrical Engineer Delta Star, Inc. Lynchburg, VA Sep 16, 2016 $72,672
Electrical Testing Engineer Talentlink, Inc. Irvine, CA Jan 20, 2014 $68,000
Electrical Testing Engineer Talentlink, Inc. Irvine, CA Feb 01, 2014 $68,000
Electrical Test Engineer BGA Technology, LLC. Bohemia, NY Oct 01, 2014 $66,269
Electrical Test Engineer HD Technology, Inc. Industry, CA Apr 19, 2013 $65,219
Electrical Test Engineer HD Technology, Inc. Industry, CA Apr 19, 2010 $65,219
Electrical Test Engineer HD Technology, Inc. Industry, CA Apr 12, 2010 $65,219
Electrical Test Engineer Satcon Technology Corporation Boston, MA Sep 28, 2010 $65,000
Principle Electric Test Engineer Brush Industries Inc. Sunbury, PA Sep 23, 2014 $62,000
Electrical Test Engineer Brush Industries, Inc. Sunbury, PA Sep 13, 2016 $61,443
Emc/Electrical Test Engineer NCEE Labs Lincoln, NE Jul 01, 2014 $59,900
Electrical Test Engineer HD Technology, Inc. Industry, CA Mar 18, 2011 $58,540
Electrical Test Engineer HD Technology, Inc. Industry, CA Sep 15, 2011 $58,540

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Top Skills for An Electrical Test Engineer


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Top Electrical Test Engineer Skills

  1. Hardware
  2. Test Procedures
  3. Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide assistance, coordinate testing, and support internal and external engineering hardware and software testing.
  • Researched, documented and authored nuclear test procedures for a complex nuclear refueling overhaul on a nuclear aircraft carrier.
  • Design motors from customer requirements and specifications for electrical input/output power, mechanical restraints, operating environments, and safety criteria.
  • Designed fixtures for printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturer.
  • Used and developed electrical schematics and specifications for software and electrical component testing on flagship combines.

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