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Working As A Systems Test Technician

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

  • $79,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Systems 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 Systems 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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Systems Test Technician Career Paths

Systems Test Technician
Field Service Technician Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Systems Administrator Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Systems Engineer Senior Engineer
Staff Engineer
5 Yearsyrs
System Test Engineer Systems Engineer Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
7 Yearsyrs
System Test Engineer Systems Engineer Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
System Test Engineer Quality Assurance Engineer Senior Engineer
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Design Engineer Electrical Engineer
Senior Electrical Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Systems Administrator
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Senior Technologist
Senior Engineering Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Test Technician Senior Engineering Technician
Senior Research And Development Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Test Technician Senior Technologist
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Test Technician Senior Technologist Senior Field Engineer
Senior Field Service Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Engineer Technical Support Manager
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Engineer Engineer Lead Engineer
Engineering Technician Lead
7 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Engineer Product Support Engineer Senior Engineering Technician
Engineering Laboratory Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Test Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Engineer Validation Engineer Systems Integration Engineer
Senior Electronics Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Electronics Technician
Senior Electronic Engineering Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Technical Testing Engineer Senior Electronics Technician
Senior Electro-Mechanical Technician
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Test Technician 3.2 years
Top Careers Before Systems Test Technician
Technician 6.8%
Supervisor 2.7%
Top Careers After Systems Test Technician
Technician 5.1%
Engineer 2.7%

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Top Skills for A Systems Test Technician

  1. Test Procedures
  2. Test Cases
  3. Computer Hardware
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Aided in establishing accurate and concise test procedures to simplify processes and increase production while minimizing training difficulties.
  • Composed and manually executed systems test cases based on requirements of vendor for newly implemented system upgrade.
  • Served as a system test technician responsible for testing, troubleshooting, and debugging of computer hardware and data storage devices.
  • Test and troubleshoot to component level electronic sub-assemblies.
  • Performed debugging operations on IBM System Components.

Systems Test Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

81.8%

Female

11.2%

Unknown

7.0%
Ethnicity

White

55.8%

Asian

16.2%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Black or African American

9.6%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.0%

French

13.3%

Zulu

6.7%

Vietnamese

6.7%

Cantonese

6.7%

Japanese

6.7%

Mandarin

6.7%

Arabic

6.7%

Korean

6.7%
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Systems Test Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.4%

Wake Technical Community College

7.8%

San Jose State University

7.0%

New England Institute of Technology

7.0%

ECPI University

6.1%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

6.1%

Northeastern University

6.1%

ITT Technical Institute-Norwood (Massachusetts)

5.2%

More Tech Institute

5.2%

Mission College

4.3%

San Jose City College

4.3%

Community College of Rhode Island

4.3%

North Carolina State University

3.5%

Heald College - Central Administrative Office

3.5%

Austin Community College

3.5%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.5%

ITT Technical Institute-Cary

3.5%

Glendale Community College

3.5%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.6%

Eastern Michigan University

2.6%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

37.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

17.2%

Business

8.2%

Computer Science

6.7%

Information Technology

4.6%

Computer Information Systems

4.6%

Computer Networking

2.3%

Computer Engineering

2.1%

Computer Engineering Technology

2.1%

Mechanical Engineering

1.9%

Computer Technical Support

1.7%

Engineering Technology

1.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.5%

Engineering

1.5%

Management

1.3%

Information Systems

1.3%

Education

1.1%

Project Management

1.1%

Accounting

1.1%

Drafting And Design

1.0%
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Degrees

Associate

32.4%

Bachelors

27.2%

Other

23.0%

Certificate

8.3%

Masters

6.4%

Diploma

2.6%

Doctorate

0.2%
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