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Working As A Final Test Technician

  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Make Decisions

  • $71,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Final Test Technician Do

Electrical and electronics engineering technicians help engineers design and develop computers, communications equipment, medical monitoring devices, navigational equipment, and other electrical and electronic equipment. They often work in product evaluation and testing, using measuring and diagnostic devices to adjust, test, and repair equipment. They are also involved in the manufacture and deployment of equipment for automation.

Duties

Electrical engineering technicians typically do the following:

  • Put together electrical and electronic systems and prototypes
  • Build, calibrate, and repair electrical instruments or testing equipment
  • Visit construction sites to observe conditions affecting design
  • Identify solutions to technical design problems that arise during the construction of electrical systems
  • Inspect designs for quality control, report findings, and make recommendations
  • Draw diagrams and write specifications to clarify design details of experimental electronics units

Electrical engineering technicians install and maintain electrical control systems and equipment, and modify electrical prototypes, parts, and assemblies to correct problems. When testing systems, they set up test equipment and evaluate the performance of developmental parts, assemblies, or systems under simulated conditions. They then analyze test information to resolve design-related problems.

Electronics engineering technicians typically do the following:

  • Design basic circuitry and draft sketches to clarify details of design documentation, under engineers’ direction
  • Build prototypes from rough sketches or plans
  • Assemble, test, and maintain circuitry or electronic components according to engineering instructions, technical manuals, and knowledge of electronics
  • Adjust and replace defective circuitry and electronic components
  • Make parts, such as coils and terminal boards, by using bench lathes, drills, or other machine tools

Electronics engineering technicians identify and resolve equipment malfunctions and then work with manufacturers to get replacement parts. They also calibrate and perform preventative maintenance on equipment and systems.

These technicians often need to read blueprints, schematic drawings, and engineering instructions for assembling electronic units. They also write reports and record data on testing techniques, laboratory equipment, and specifications.

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How To Become A Final Test Technician

Electrical and electronics engineering technicians typically need an associate’s degree.

Education

Programs for electrical and electronics engineering technicians usually lead to an associate’s degree in electrical or electronics engineering technology. Vocational–technical schools include postsecondary institutions that serve local students and emphasize training needed by local employers.

Community colleges offer programs similar to those in technical institutes but include more theory-based and liberal arts coursework. Some of these colleges allow students to concentrate in computer electronics, industrial electronics, or communications electronics.

Prospective electrical and electronics engineering technicians usually take courses in ANSI C, C++ programming, Java programming, physics, microprocessors, and circuitry. The Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET accredits programs that include at least college algebra, trigonometry, and basic science courses.

Important Qualities

Logical-thinking skills. Electrical and electronics engineering technicians must isolate and then identify problems for the engineering staff to work on. They need good reasoning skills to identify and fix problems. Technicians must also be able to follow a logical sequence or specific set of rules to carry out engineers’ designs, inspect designs for quality control, and put together prototypes.

Math skills. Electrical and electronics engineering technicians use math for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Mechanical skills. Electronics engineering technicians in particular must be able to use hand tools and soldering irons on small circuitry and electronic parts to create detailed electronic components by hand.

Observational skills. Electrical engineering technicians sometimes visit construction sites to make sure that electrical engineers’ designs are being carried out correctly. They are responsible for evaluating projects onsite and reporting problems to engineers.

Problem-solving skills. Electrical and electronics engineering technicians create what engineers have designed and often test the designs to make sure that they work. Technicians help to resolve any problems that come up in carrying out the engineers’ designs.

Writing skills. These technicians must write reports about onsite construction, the results of testing, or problems they find when carrying out designs. Their writing must be clear and well organized so that the engineers they work with can understand the reports.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) offers certification in electrical power testing. This certification would benefit those technicians working in the electric power generation, transmission, and distribution industry.

ETA International also offers certifications in several fields, including basic electronics, biomedical, and renewable energy.

The International Society of Automation offers certification as a Control Systems Technician. To gain such certification, technicians must demonstrate skills in pneumatic, mechanical, and electronic instrumentation. In addition, they must demonstrate an understanding of process control loops and process control systems.

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Final Test Technician Career Paths

Final Test Technician
Field Service Technician Service Manager Project Manager
Product Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Systems Administrator Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Project Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Test Technician Test Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Test Technician Test Engineer Systems Engineer
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Test Technician Manufacturing Technician
Senior Manufacturing Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Instructor Research Associate
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Senior Technologist
Senior Engineering Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Technician Quality Assurance Technician Research And Development Technician
Senior Research And Development Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Systems Administrator Information Technology Project Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Technical Support Engineer Technical Support Manager
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Electronics Engineering Technician
Senior Electronic Engineering Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Engineer Service Engineer
Senior Field Service Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician System Technician Avionics Technician
Senior Electronics Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Manufacturing Technician Technical Testing Engineer
Senior Test Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Equipment Maintenance Technician Equipment Engineer Senior Engineering Technician
Engineering Laboratory Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Equipment Technician Avionics Technician Senior Electronics Technician
Senior Electro-Mechanical Technician
9 Yearsyrs
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Test Technician 3.2 years
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Top Careers After Final Test Technician
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Top Skills for A Final Test Technician

  1. Final Test
  2. Complex Test Procedures
  3. Test Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Trained new final test technicians in the production area on system installation, configuration, and troubleshooting.
  • Assisted engineer in developing new test procedures and updating alignment fixtures.
  • Gained understanding of semiconductor manufacturing processes and experience in troubleshooting semiconductor equipment.
  • Performed advanced component level troubleshooting, calibrating, functional testing and corrective actions during final test and reliability inspections.
  • Perform final testing on PECVD semiconductor manufacturing tools.

Final Test Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

84.4%

Female

9.1%

Unknown

6.4%
Ethnicity

White

54.9%

Hispanic or Latino

18.9%

Asian

14.9%

Black or African American

7.5%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Vietnamese

21.1%

Spanish

10.5%

French

10.5%

Tagalog

10.5%

Kurdish

5.3%

Hungarian

5.3%

Chinese

5.3%

German

5.3%

Romanian

5.3%

Carrier

5.3%

Cantonese

5.3%

Mandarin

5.3%

Arabic

5.3%
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Final Test Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.0%

Heald College - Central Administrative Office

8.8%

San Jose State University

7.9%

Austin Community College

7.0%

More Tech Institute

7.0%

Community College of the Air Force

5.3%

San Jose City College

5.3%

San Diego State University

5.3%

ITT Technical Institute-Portland

4.4%

Texas State Technical College - Waco

4.4%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

4.4%

Mission College

3.5%

Portland Community College

3.5%

Colorado Technical University

3.5%

San Diego Miramar College

2.6%

Massasoit Community College

2.6%

Oregon Institute of Technology

2.6%

Dutchess Community College

2.6%

New Mexico State University

2.6%

Palomar College

2.6%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

40.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

18.0%

Business

9.4%

Computer Science

3.6%

Mechanical Engineering

2.4%

Information Technology

2.4%

Computer Information Systems

2.4%

Automotive Technology

2.2%

Computer Networking

2.2%

Computer Technical Support

2.0%

Management

2.0%

Computer Engineering

2.0%

Industrial Technology

1.8%

Biomedical Engineering

1.6%

Communication

1.6%

Criminal Justice

1.3%

Chemical Engineering

1.3%

Education

1.1%

Electromechanical Instrumentation And Maintenance Technologies/Technicians

1.1%

Computer Engineering Technology

1.1%
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Degrees

Associate

34.2%

Other

24.5%

Bachelors

24.5%

Certificate

8.5%

Masters

5.4%

Diploma

3.0%
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