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Working As An Electronics Tester

  • Getting Information
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $50,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Electronics Tester Do

Quality control inspectors examine products and materials for defects or deviations from specifications.

Duties

Quality control inspectors typically do the following:

  • Read blueprints and specifications
  • Monitor operations to ensure that they meet production standards
  • Recommend adjustments to the assembly or production process
  • Inspect, test, or measure materials or products being produced
  • Measure products with rulers, calipers, gauges, or micrometers
  • Accept or reject finished items
  • Remove all products and materials that fail to meet specifications
  • Discuss inspection results with those responsible for products
  • Report inspection and test data

Quality control inspectors, for example, ensure that the food or medicine you take will not make you sick, that your car will run properly, and that your pants will not split the first time you wear them. These workers monitor quality standards for nearly all manufactured products, including foods, textiles, clothing, glassware, motor vehicles, electronic components, computers, and structural steel. Specific job duties vary across the wide range of industries in which these inspectors work.

Quality control workers rely on many tools to do their jobs. Although some still use hand-held measurement devices, such as calipers and alignment gauges, workers more commonly operate electronic inspection equipment, such as coordinate-measuring machines (CMMs). Inspectors testing electrical devices may use voltmeters, ammeters, and ohmmeters to test potential difference, current flow, and resistance, respectively.

Quality control workers record the results of their inspections through test reports. When they find defects, inspectors notify supervisors and help to analyze and correct production problems.

In some firms, the inspection process is completely automated, with advanced vision inspection systems installed at one or several points in the production process. Inspectors in these firms monitor the equipment, review output, and conduct random product checks.

The following are examples of types of quality control inspectors:

Inspectors mark, tag, or note problems. They may reject defective items outright, send them for repair, or fix minor problems themselves. If the product is acceptable, the inspector certifies it. Inspectors may further specialize in the following jobs:

  • Materials inspectors check products by sight, sound, or feel to locate imperfections such as cuts, scratches, missing pieces, or crooked seams.
  • Mechanical inspectors generally verify that parts fit, move correctly, and are properly lubricated. They may check the pressure of gases and the level of liquids, test the flow of electricity, and conduct test runs to ensure that machines run properly.

Samplers test or inspect a sample for malfunctions or defects during a batch or production run.

Sorters separate goods according to length, size, fabric type, or color.

Testers repeatedly test existing products or prototypes under real-world conditions. Through these tests, manufacturers determine how long a product will last, what parts will break down first, and how to improve durability.

Weighers weigh quantities of materials for use in production.

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How To Become An Electronics Tester

Most quality control inspectors need a high school diploma and receive on-the-job training that typically lasts as little as 1 month or up to 1 year.

Education & Training

Education and training requirements vary with the responsibilities of the quality control worker. For inspectors who do simple pass/fail tests of products, a high school diploma and some in-house training are generally enough. Workers usually receive on-the-job training that typically lasts for as little as 1 month or up to 1 year.

Candidates for inspector jobs can improve their chances of finding work by studying industrial trades in high school or in a postsecondary vocational program. Laboratory work in the natural or biological sciences also may improve a person’s analytical skills and increase their chances of finding work in medical or pharmaceutical labs, where many of these workers are employed.

Training for new inspectors may cover the use of special meters, gauges, computers, and other instruments; quality control techniques such as Six Sigma; blueprint reading; safety; and reporting requirements. Some postsecondary training programs exist, but many employers prefer to train inspectors on the job.

As manufacturers use more automated techniques that require less inspection by hand, workers in this occupation increasingly must know how to operate and program more sophisticated equipment and utilize software applications. Because these operations require additional skills, higher education may be necessary. To address this need, some colleges are offering associate’s degrees in fields such as quality control management.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The American Society for Quality (ASQ) offers various certifications, including a designation for Certified Quality Inspector (CQI), and numerous sources of information and various levels of Six Sigma certifications. Certification can demonstrate competence and professionalism, making candidates more attractive to employers. It can also increase opportunities for advancement. Requirements for certification generally include a certain number of years of experience in the field and passing an exam.

Important Qualities

Dexterity. Quality control inspectors should be able to quickly remove sample parts or products during the manufacturing process.

Math skills. Knowledge of basic math and computer skills are important because measuring, calibrating, and calculating specifications are major parts of quality control testing.

Mechanical skills. Quality control inspectors must be able to use specialized tools and machinery when testing products.

Physical stamina. Quality control inspectors must be able to stand for long periods on the job.

Physical strength. Because workers sometimes lift heavy objects, inspectors should be in good physical condition.

Technical skills. Quality control inspectors must understand blueprints, technical documents, and manuals which help ensure that products and parts meet quality standards.

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Electronics Tester Career Paths

Electronics Tester
Electronics Technician Technician Team Leader
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Technician Foreman
Superintendent
8 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Electrician Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Assembler Maintenance Technician Foreman
Construction Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Assembler Maintenance Technician Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Assembler Maintenance Technician Technician
Production Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Specialist Team Leader
Operation Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Foreman Supervisor
Production Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Electrician Supervisor
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Test Technician Field Service Technician Project Manager
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Test Technician Test Engineer Quality Assurance Lead
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Test Technician Engineering Technician Project Engineer
Quality Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Inspector Quality Control Technician Quality Assurance Technician
Quality Assurance Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Inspector Laboratory Technician Research Associate
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Inspector Quality Assurance Technician Production Supervisor
Manufacturing Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Project Engineer Quality Engineer
Quality Lead
7 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Team Leader Warehouse Lead
Lead Operator
5 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Senior Technologist Senior Inspector
Quality Control Inspector Lead
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$50,000
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$29,000
Min 10%
$50,000
Median 50%
$50,000
Median 50%
$50,000
Median 50%
$50,000
Median 50%
$50,000
Median 50%
$50,000
Median 50%
$50,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Espey Mfg. & Electronics Corp.
Highest Paying City
West Hartford, CT
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
2.6 years
How much does an Electronics Tester make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Electronics Tester in the United States is $50,850 per year or $24 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $29,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $88,000.

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Top Skills for An Electronics Tester

  1. Electronic Products
  2. Electronic Units
  3. Inspect Parts
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Test electronic products and approve whether or not they are suitable to be resold online.
  • Test electronic units using standard test equipment.
  • Performed troubleshooting on electronic units to determine the root cause of functional or electronic malfunction.
  • Conducted electronic testing of circuit boards for military contracts
  • Design and development of test cases.

Electronics Tester Demographics

Gender

Male

70.1%

Female

17.9%

Unknown

12.0%
Ethnicity

White

56.1%

Hispanic or Latino

17.7%

Asian

13.3%

Black or African American

9.2%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

56.3%

Japanese

12.5%

Vietnamese

6.3%

German

6.3%

Arabic

6.3%

Thai

6.3%

Korean

6.3%
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Electronics Tester Education

Schools

ITT Technical Institute-Tampa

8.0%

Salt Lake Community College

8.0%

University of Central Florida

6.0%

ITT Technical Institute-Richardson

6.0%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

6.0%

Keene State College

6.0%

Orange Coast College

6.0%

University of Phoenix

6.0%

University of Florida

4.0%

Texas Southern University

4.0%

Art Institute of Phoenix

4.0%

Richland Community College

4.0%

ECPI University

4.0%

Central New Mexico Community College

4.0%

St. Philip's College

4.0%

Morrison Institute of Technology

4.0%

Northern Essex Community College

4.0%

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

4.0%

New York University

4.0%

Front Range Community College

4.0%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

28.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

14.3%

Business

10.8%

Computer Science

6.9%

Computer Engineering Technology

3.5%

General Studies

3.1%

Aviation

3.1%

Information Technology

3.1%

Computer Networking

3.1%

Accounting

3.1%

Computer Information Systems

2.7%

Drafting And Design

2.3%

Graphic Design

2.3%

Criminal Justice

2.3%

Computer Engineering

2.3%

Mechanical Engineering

1.9%

Health Care Administration

1.9%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.9%

Automotive Technology

1.5%

Education

1.5%
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Degrees

Other

32.8%

Associate

26.0%

Bachelors

24.9%

Certificate

9.0%

Diploma

3.6%

Masters

3.3%

License

0.3%

Doctorate

0.3%
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