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Working As A Senior Test Technician

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

  • $65,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior 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 Senior 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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Senior Test Technician Career Paths

Senior Test Technician
Senior Engineering Technician Project Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Technician Senior Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Technician Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Technologist Lead Technician Supervisor
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Technologist Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Technologist Lead Technician Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Unit Manager
Section Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Test Technician Quality Assurance Team Leader Quality Assurance Supervisor
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Lead Test Technician Quality Assurance Supervisor Maintenance Supervisor
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Test Technician Quality Assurance Supervisor Quality Control Manager
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Maintenance Supervisor Engineering Supervisor
Project Engineering Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Manufacturing Supervisor Supervisor, Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Group Leader Senior Technician Specialist Senior Engineer
Senior Electrical Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Research And Development Technician
Senior Manufacturing Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Research And Development Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Research And Development Technician Senior Manufacturing Technician
Senior Electronics Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Research And Development Technician Senior Manufacturing Technician Senior Electronics Technician
Senior Electro-Mechanical Technician
9 Yearsyrs
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Test Technician 3.2 years
Debug Technician 2.9 years
Top Careers Before Senior Test Technician
Technician 7.8%
Top Careers After Senior Test Technician
Technician 5.5%

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Top Skills for A Senior Test Technician

  1. Test Cases
  2. Test Equipment
  3. Component Level
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide feedback of new and existing test cases to Engineers to ensure they are accurate and clearly written.
  • Provided support for engineering and production by repairing and maintaining semiconductor automated test equipment.
  • Support Quality Engineering in analyzing semi-conductors on a component level.
  • Performed set-up, test and calibration on various gas detector equipment.
  • Designed and performed studies that assisted operations in monitoring processes, equipment and facilities.

Senior Test Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

85.4%

Female

8.8%

Unknown

5.8%
Ethnicity

White

57.1%

Hispanic or Latino

15.9%

Asian

14.3%

Black or African American

8.8%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

36.4%

French

18.2%

Portuguese

4.5%

Vietnamese

4.5%

Romanian

4.5%

Shona

4.5%

Japanese

4.5%

Gujarati

4.5%

Carrier

4.5%

Hindi

4.5%

Mandarin

4.5%

Italian

4.5%
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Senior Test Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.3%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

6.7%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

6.7%

More Tech Institute

6.0%

Central Connecticut State University

6.0%

Northeastern University

6.0%

Heald College - Central Administrative Office

5.3%

Mission College

5.3%

San Jose City College

5.3%

San Jose State University

4.7%

Community College of the Air Force

4.7%

Arizona State University

4.0%

Pennsylvania State University

4.0%

Monroe Community College

4.0%

San Diego State University

4.0%

ITT Technical Institute-Oxnard

4.0%

Portland Community College

4.0%

Bryant University

3.3%

Coleman University

3.3%

De Anza College

3.3%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

39.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

16.3%

Business

8.9%

Computer Science

5.2%

Computer Information Systems

3.0%

Automotive Technology

2.9%

Computer Technical Support

2.2%

Computer Engineering

2.2%

Information Technology

2.0%

Project Management

1.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.9%

Computer Networking

1.9%

Engineering Technology

1.7%

Engineering

1.7%

Aviation

1.6%

Industrial Technology

1.4%

Industrial Engineering

1.4%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.4%

General Studies

1.3%

Liberal Arts

1.3%
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Degrees

Associate

30.6%

Bachelors

28.3%

Other

24.2%

Certificate

8.5%

Masters

5.8%

Diploma

2.5%

Doctorate

0.1%
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