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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

  • $76,371

    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
Senior Engineering Technician Project Manager Construction Manager
Commissioning Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Technician Production Supervisor Quality Manager
Director Of Quality
14 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Systems Administrator Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Technician Design Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Test Technician Senior Engineering Technician
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Field Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Technician Process Technician Production Supervisor
Quality Assurance Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Field Service Engineer Project Manager Construction Manager
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Technician Technician Quality Control Inspector
Quality Control Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Field Service Engineer Service Manager Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Technician Engineering Technician Quality Engineer
Quality Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Manufacturing Technician Senior Technologist Field Service Technician
Senior Electronics Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Test Technician Engineering Technician
Senior Engineering Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Field Service Technician
Senior Field Service Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Manufacturing Technician
Senior Manufacturing Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Technologist Radio Frequency Technician Senior Electronics Technician
Senior Test Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Test Technician Field Service Technician Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Field Technician Field Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Test Technician 3.0 years
Top Employers Before
Technician 9.8%
Top Employers After
Technician 6.6%

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Final Test Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

88.9%

Female

9.6%

Unknown

1.5%
Ethnicity

White

54.4%

Hispanic or Latino

19.3%

Asian

15.2%

Black or African American

7.5%

Unknown

3.5%
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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

13.2%

San Jose State University

9.2%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

6.6%

San Jose City College

6.6%

Austin Community College

6.6%

More Tech Institute

6.6%

Community College of the Air Force

5.3%

San Diego State University

5.3%

ITT Technical Institute-Portland

3.9%

Oregon Institute of Technology

3.9%

Dutchess Community College

3.9%

Texas State Technical College - Waco

3.9%

Colorado Technical University

3.9%

ITT Technical Institute-Albuquerque

3.9%

Massasoit Community College

3.9%

Western Governors University

2.6%

University of Miami

2.6%

Mission College

2.6%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

2.6%

Lakeland Community College

2.6%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

43.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

14.7%

Business

9.5%

Computer Science

4.4%

Mechanical Engineering

2.9%

Computer Engineering

2.6%

Computer Networking

2.6%

Management

2.2%

Industrial Technology

2.2%

Automotive Technology

2.2%

Communication

1.8%

Project Management

1.5%

Computer Information Systems

1.5%

Chemical Engineering

1.5%

Information Technology

1.5%

Computer Technical Support

1.1%

Mechatronics And Robotics

1.1%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.1%

Military Applied Sciences

1.1%

Education

1.1%
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Degrees

Associate

32.3%

Bachelors

25.6%

Other

24.5%

Certificate

8.6%

Masters

6.6%

Diploma

2.3%
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Top Skills for A Final Test Technician

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  1. Final Test
  2. Troubleshoot
  3. Semiconductor Equipment
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  • Perform final testing on PECVD semiconductor manufacturing tools.
  • Perform the setup, calibration, testing and troubleshooting of components, circuits, sub-assemblies, assemblies, modules and systems.
  • Gained understanding of semiconductor manufacturing processes and experience in troubleshooting semiconductor equipment.
  • Performed optical, mechanical and electrical measurements and adjustments using a variety of test equipment and tools.
  • Work from highly complex test procedures, electro/mechanical schematic diagrams -Perform testing, checkout, and troubleshooting functions.

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