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Working As A Manufacturing Test Engineer

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

  • $97,153

    Average Salary

What Does A Manufacturing 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.

Duties

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 A Manufacturing 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.

Education

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.

Advancement

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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Manufacturing Test Engineer Career Paths

Manufacturing Test Engineer
Test & Development Engineer Senior Test Engineer Senior Applications Engineer
Applications Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Manufacturing Test Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer Senior Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Test Engineer Quality Assurance Lead Senior Project Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Design Verification Engineer Senior Test Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineering Manager Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Test & Development Engineer Quality Assurance Lead Lead Engineer
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Operations Manager Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Senior Engineer Senior Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Test Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Program Manager
Operations Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Plant Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Engineer Process Engineer
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Design Verification Engineer Senior Design Engineer Senior Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Senior Engineer Senior Test Engineer
Test Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Senior Project Manager Director Of Product Development
Vice President Of Research And Development
13 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineering Manager Operations Manager Assistant Vice President
Vice President-Products
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Staff Engineer 4.3 years
Product Engineer 3.5 years
Engineer 3.2 years
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Top Employers After
Engineer 4.7%

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Manufacturing Test Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

87.0%

Female

10.1%

Unknown

2.9%
Ethnicity

White

52.2%

Asian

17.8%

Hispanic or Latino

15.4%

Black or African American

8.0%

Unknown

6.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

54.5%

Vietnamese

9.1%

German

9.1%

Japanese

9.1%

French

9.1%

Italian

9.1%
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Manufacturing Test Engineer Education

Schools

Northeastern University

11.0%

Purdue University

9.9%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

7.7%

San Jose State University

6.6%

University of Central Florida

5.5%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.5%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

5.5%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.5%

University of Phoenix

5.5%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

4.4%

Arizona State University

3.3%

Kettering University

3.3%

Santa Clara University

3.3%

Oregon Institute of Technology

3.3%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.3%

New Mexico State University

3.3%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.3%

Friends University

3.3%

Clemson University

3.3%

University of Texas at Austin

3.3%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

43.1%

Business

8.4%

Mechanical Engineering

8.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

7.8%

Computer Science

6.3%

Project Management

3.6%

Computer Engineering

3.6%

Industrial Technology

2.1%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.1%

Computer Information Systems

1.8%

Engineering

1.8%

Management

1.5%

Engineering Technology

1.5%

Manufacturing Engineering

1.5%

Industrial Engineering

1.5%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.2%

Systems Engineering

0.9%

Finance

0.9%

Public Relations

0.9%

Education

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

52.1%

Masters

21.0%

Other

11.5%

Associate

9.8%

Certificate

4.6%

Diploma

0.5%

Doctorate

0.5%
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Real Manufacturing Test Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manufacturing Test Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jun 17, 2016 $155,000
Manufacturing Test Engineer Pure Storage, Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 17, 2016 $150,000
Manufacturing Test Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 13, 2014 $150,000
Manufacturing Test Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 05, 2016 $150,000
Manufacturing Test Engineer Netpolarity, Inc. Fremont, CA Apr 01, 2016 $135,655
Manufacturing Test Engineer A2Z Development Center, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA May 09, 2016 $129,500
RF Manufacturing Test Engineer Litepoint Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Feb 01, 2011 $120,000
Manufacturing Engineer In Test II Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Nov 11, 2014 $120,000
Manufacturing Test Engineer A2Z Development Center, Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 05, 2013 $111,842 -
$151,500
Manufacturing Test Engineer II A2Z Development Center, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Mar 21, 2016 $110,700
Manufacturing Test Engineer Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Oct 01, 2010 $110,000
Manufacturing Test Engineer Manager Unigen Corporation Fremont, CA Aug 21, 2015 $108,702
Manufacturing Test Engineer II A2Z Development Center, Inc. Cupertino, CA Apr 08, 2013 $108,000
Manufacturing Test Engineer Arista Networks, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Dec 08, 2014 $101,000 -
$120,000
Manufacturing Test Engineer Cisco Systems, Inc. Houston, TX Nov 23, 2013 $94,224 -
$125,600
Principle Staff Manufacturing Test Engineer Motorola, Inc. Horsham, PA Jan 12, 2010 $91,541 -
$131,500
Manufacturing Test Engineer II A2Z Development Center, Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 28, 2013 $90,000
Manufacturing Engineering Test Engineer Tektronix, Inc. Beaverton, OR Jun 04, 2010 $89,479
Manufacturing Test Engineer Casa Systems Inc. Andover, MA Jan 28, 2015 $89,294
Manufacturing Test Engineer Juniper Networks, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jun 23, 2015 $88,254 -
$93,265
Test Manufacturing Engineer Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Jan 10, 2016 $88,000 -
$98,000
Manufacturing Test Engineer Juniper Networks, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Nov 15, 2012 $82,930 -
$85,767
Manufacturing Test Engineer Aruba Networks, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jan 13, 2014 $82,000
Manufacturing Test Engineer Casa Systems, Inc. Andover, MA Jan 10, 2016 $81,700 -
$90,000
Test Engineer III-Manufacturing Echostar Technologies LLC Englewood, CO Jun 05, 2016 $81,266
Manufacturing Test Engineer Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Sep 01, 2015 $80,000 -
$95,000
Manufacturing Test Engineer Unigen Corporation Fremont, CA Nov 09, 2016 $80,000
Manufacturing Test Engineer Echostar Technologies LLC Englewood, CO Jul 01, 2015 $78,728 -
$93,807

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  1. Product Design
  2. Test Plans
  3. Test Hardware
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  • Participate in the gathering and implementation of manufacturing requirements directly from product design and manufacturing process engineers.
  • Developed test plans and implemented software test applications for testing and troubleshooting semiconductor equipment.
  • Developed operator certification program for test hardware repair.
  • Developed technical specifications for testers, facilitating project management and accepting test equipment from vendors.
  • Provided technical support to test department personnel including diagnosing and resolving problems with production testing systems.

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