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Working As A Principal Test Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Processing Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $108,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Principal Test Engineer Do At Raytheon

* Plan and perform test assignments involving definition of test and verification requirements, plans and sequences relative to complex software and hardware subsystems and resolve identified conflicting issues
* Support a test program which includes establishing test methods and techniques, developing test plans, developing test requirements, writing test procedures and reports, and conducting tests
* Participate in test readiness reviews, participate in design reviews, and conduct audits of test programs and facilities
* Utilize knowledge of precedents in test engineering and apply understanding of principles of related engineering and software technology to ensure test validity and integrity
* Conduct tests, which include collaborating with others in establishing language, database, and computer simulation requirements and configuration management techniques
* Duties may include performing system test planning and implementation for medium to large-scale systems using state-of-the-art technology
* Develop and maintain test documentation including plans, procedures, reports, etc
* Analyze test results
* Document and keep program management informed of any and all deviations from customer requirements
* Demonstrated experience and/or familiarity with the following:
* Interface definition and documentation (ICDs)
* End-to-end IV&V processes and methodologies
* Tools for requirements management, software development, discrepancy reporting and configuration management
* Test script development
* Automated testing tools (e.g.
* HP quality center)
* Support research, design, develop, deploy, configure, administration and maintenance of intrusion detection and prevention system (IDS/IPS)
* May perform team lead functions

What Does A Principal Test Engineer Do At Caci International

* Identifies creative methods to reduce test time, without reducing test coverage, on subsequent
* product generations.
* Develops complex systems, standards and computer programs for data acquisition to be used in testing new products and as part of the quality control system within the manufacturing process.
* Reviews prepared proposals for testing programs, outlines specific testing conditions, and develops operating procedures.
* Reviews and evaluates complex test specifications, test results, test trends and implements corrective action as needed.
* Reviews prepared detailed technical reports of findings and makes recommendations for needed
* modifications to correct problems.
* Oversees actual tests and analyzes validity of results.
* Reviews customer requirements and specifications to ensure that tests will confirm that these are satisfied.
* Performs research or other professional work in one or more software and/or hardware engineering disciplines involving the application of a knowledge of complex
* engineering testing fundamentals.
* Responsible for the development of preliminary and conceptual testing processes and studies as well as the continuity of testing details of specific engineering discipline or specialty area, and provides expert advice and direction to other professionals
* Resolves problems, extends and modifies testing techniques, and/or applies new, innovative, or experimental engineering theories using advanced mathematical techniques to analyze and evaluate engineering testing problems.
* Provides guidance to less advanced engineers and may serve as a team lead on specific projects

What Does A Principal Test Engineer Do At Medtronic

* Guides successful completion of projects through collaboration with program managers, managers, team leads and individual contributors
* Provides direction regarding the development of solutions to complex technical problems.
* Providing guidance in resolving and executing practical cost effective solutions
* Participates in the evaluation and assessment of test technologies external to Navigation as deemed relevant to business strategy
* Interfaces with Quality, Sales and Operations managers on design, development, production, supplier, internal audit and other issues
* Works closely with program management and others as necessary to resolve potential issues during new product launches
* Interfaces with partners external to Navigation and with external divisions and vendors of Medtronic to collaborate on new ventures and business opportunities as according to strategic direction
* Seeks to understand and integrate external, customer opinion regarding test methodologies, identifying test methods that stimulate the solution as a customer defines
* Defines solution test strategy, incorporating all aspects of test stimulus, including, but not limited to software / firmware, hardware, regulatory (Including usability), systems and overall Navigation solution (Stealth / O
* Arm integration)
* All activities must be performed in compliance with the Quality System
* Performs duties in compliance with environmental, health and safety related site rules, policies or governmental regulations
* All other duties as assigned

What Does A Principal Test Engineer Do At Fresenius Medical Care North America

* Leads the development, scale up and validation of automated test and calibration systems for kidney dialysis systems.
* Develops and validates fixtures for system test.
* Develops and validates test software reporting to quality database forming part of device history record. i.e. Ensures compliance with FDA 21CFR Part 11 requirements.
* Uses industry standard platforms to develop infrastructure.
* Develops requirements for contract development partners and ensure deliverables meet those requirements.
* Works on complex issues where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of variable factors.
* Exercises judgment in selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results.
* Provides assistance to junior staff with complex tasks that require considerable judgment and initiative.
* May escalate difficult/complex issues to supervisor/manager for resolution, as deemed necessary.
* Mentors other staff as applicable.
* Reviews and complies with the Code of Business Conduct and all applicable company policies and procedures, local, state and federal laws and regulations.
* Assists with various projects as assigned by a direct supervisor.
* Other duties as assigned.
* Additional responsibilities may include focus on one or more departments or locations.
* See applicable addendum for department or location specific functions

What Does A Principal Test Engineer Do At Capital One

* Guided by team leadership, execute targeted, complex transaction testing for line of business compliance requirements in alignment with team and ICTT methodology and procedures
* Suggest changes to testing or perform high risk testing as needed
* Develop test plans, continually validate and improve test design
* Manage to testing schedules to ensure all tasks and reporting are completed within established timeframes
* Obtain and analyze test data from multiple sources, following documented test plans, testing protocols and leveraging job aids as needed
* Support and initiate efforts to improve data sourcing and partner with business and IT areas to develop improved data sources
* Review transaction test executed by peers for accuracy and adherence to test procedures
* Submit test results in PRIME
* Systematically retain documents that substantiate test results
* Establish and maintain strong relationships with Compliance Advisors and Business Areas
* Support ICTT and Compliance audit and exams as needed

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Average Length of Employment
Principal Engineer 4.9 years
Staff Engineer 4.2 years
Test Engineer 2.9 years
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Manager 5.1%
Engineer 4.4%

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Average Yearly Salary
$108,000
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$82,000
Min 10%
$108,000
Median 50%
$108,000
Median 50%
$108,000
Median 50%
$108,000
Median 50%
$108,000
Median 50%
$108,000
Median 50%
$108,000
Median 50%
$142,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Microsoft
Highest Paying City
Cupertino, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
4.3 years
How much does a Principal Test Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Principal Test Engineer in the United States is $108,231 per year or $52 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $82,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $142,000.

Real Principal Test Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Principal Test Engineer/Manager Luminate Wireless, Inc. Cupertino, CA Mar 11, 2016 $213,803
Principal Test Engineer/Manager Luminate Wireless, Inc. Cupertino, CA Apr 01, 2015 $190,000
Principal/Manager HW Test * Qualcomm Technologies Inc. San Diego, CA Aug 31, 2016 $182,083 -
$216,000
Principal Test Engineer Luminate Wireless, Inc. Cupertino, CA Jan 04, 2014 $165,000
Principal Test Engineer Luminate Wireless, Inc. Cupertino, CA Apr 01, 2014 $165,000
Principal Wireless Test Engineer (QA) Luminate Wireless, Inc. Cupertino, CA Mar 11, 2015 $165,000 -
$185,000
SR. Principal Test Engineer Clariphy Communications, Inc. Irvine, CA Jul 09, 2012 $160,000
Engineer, Principal-Test Broadcom Corporation Irvine, CA Aug 03, 2016 $155,000
Test Principal Engineer Dell Software Inc. Reston, VA Jan 06, 2016 $152,000
Principal Test Engineer Luminate Wireless, Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 17, 2014 $150,000 -
$180,000
Principal Test Engineer Pluribus Networks, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Aug 17, 2016 $145,351
Engineer, Principal-Test Broadcom Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Jan 09, 2012 $145,000
Test Principal Engineer Dell Products L.P. Santa Clara, CA Jun 02, 2014 $145,000
Engineer, Principal-Test Broadcom Corporation San Diego, CA Sep 07, 2012 $137,000
Principal Test Engineer Pluribus Networks, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 01, 2015 $135,000
Test Principal Engineer Dell Products L.P. Santa Clara, CA Jan 10, 2016 $133,520
Test Principal Engineer Dell Products L.P. Santa Clara, CA Jan 08, 2016 $133,520
Principal Test Engineer F5 Networks, Inc. Lowell, MA Feb 11, 2015 $133,195 -
$150,675
Engineer, Principal-Test Broadcom Corporation Irvine, CA Jan 28, 2016 $131,970
Engineer, Principal-Test Broadcom Corporation Irvine, CA Oct 01, 2012 $131,592
Principal Engineer-Powerplant Test Cell, Ecm&Ls United Airlines, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 21, 2015 $121,962
Engineer, Principal-Test Broadcom Corporation Irvine, CA Sep 07, 2010 $121,412
Engineer, Principal-Test Broadcom Corporation San Diego, CA Mar 13, 2011 $115,000
Principal Engineer, Assembly and Test Formfactor, Inc. Livermore, CA Aug 25, 2015 $113,638
Engineer, Principal-Test Broadcom Corporation Santa Clara, CA Dec 01, 2015 $111,634 -
$197,300
Principal Test Engineer Calix, Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 08, 2014 $111,000 -
$131,000
Senior Principal Test Engineer Manhattan Associates, Inc. Atlanta, GA Sep 23, 2015 $109,746
Principal Test Engineer Liberty Mutual Group, Inc. Seattle, WA May 01, 2014 $109,637 -
$148,600

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Top Skills for A Principal Test Engineer

  1. Test Cases
  2. Engineering Department
  3. Characterization Test Programs
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed detailed integration test cases for end-to-end functionality involving upstream and downstream applications i.e.
  • Coded and debugged Nextest Magnum Mode-Transition and Power-On-Reset characterization test programs, fulfilling product release requirements.
  • Designed and wrote code for programmable logic device assemblies as part of test equipment.
  • Designed and developed automated test platforms for the characterization of modules and systems.
  • Support production testing continuity and quality level through constant monitoring of production activities.

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  5. California
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Principal Test Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

81.4%

Female

11.6%

Unknown

7.0%
Ethnicity

White

56.0%

Asian

14.2%

Hispanic or Latino

13.3%

Black or African American

10.4%

Unknown

6.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Japanese

50.0%

Greek

25.0%

Korean

25.0%

Principal Test Engineer Education

Schools

Northeastern University

10.4%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

7.5%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

7.5%

University of Phoenix

7.5%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

6.0%

Illinois Institute of Technology

6.0%

More Tech Institute

6.0%

Arizona State University

4.5%

University of California - San Diego

4.5%

Webster University

4.5%

Johns Hopkins University

4.5%

George Washington University

4.5%

Walden University

4.5%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.5%

University of Alabama

3.0%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.0%

Southern Methodist University

3.0%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

3.0%

Cogswell Polytechnical College

3.0%

University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth

3.0%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

33.5%

Business

14.0%

Computer Science

11.6%

Computer Engineering

7.4%

Engineering

4.7%

Information Systems

4.2%

Management

2.8%

Mechanical Engineering

2.8%

Physics

2.8%

Systems Engineering

2.3%

Computer Information Systems

2.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.9%

Project Management

1.9%

Information Technology

1.9%

Computer Applications

1.4%

Medical Technician

0.9%

Pharmacy

0.9%

Statistics

0.9%

Industrial Technology

0.9%

Human Resources Management

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.1%

Masters

38.6%

Other

10.6%

Associate

3.5%

Certificate

2.4%

Doctorate

2.4%

Diploma

0.4%
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