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Working As A Technical Testing Engineer

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

  • $85,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Technical Testing Engineer 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 Technical Testing Engineer

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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Technical Testing Engineer Career Paths

Technical Testing Engineer
Test Engineer Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Engineer Consultant
Information Technology Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Engineer Design Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Maintenance Supervisor Chief Engineer
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Project Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Technician Senior Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Technician Senior Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Technician Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Technician Consultant Senior Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Technician Chemist
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Technician Product Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Test Technician Senior Technologist Senior Field Engineer
Senior Field Service Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Test Technician Senior Technologist
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Engineer Senior Software Engineer Lead Engineer
Engineering Technician Lead
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Test Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Electronics Technician
Senior Electronic Engineering Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Engineer Validation Engineer Systems Integration Engineer
Senior Electronics Technician
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Engineer 3.3 years
Test Technician 3.2 years
Top Careers Before Technical Testing Engineer
Technician 7.3%
Top Careers After Technical Testing Engineer
Technician 4.3%
Engineer 3.8%
Owner 2.8%

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Average Yearly Salary
$85,000
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$58,000
Min 10%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$125,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Microsoft
Highest Paying City
Nashua, NH
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
3.7 years
How much does a Technical Testing Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Technical Testing Engineer in the United States is $85,924 per year or $41 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $58,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $125,000.

Real Technical Testing Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
IT Test Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Nov 13, 2011 $102,431
Algorithmic Technology Test Engineer Cirrus Logic, Inc. Mesa, AZ Sep 26, 2016 $100,000
Technical Lead Test Engineer Shoretel, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Apr 08, 2016 $97,000
Technical Lead Test Engineer Shoretel, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 04, 2016 $97,000
IT Test Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Oct 30, 2010 $95,825
IT Test Engineer 2 Microsoft Corporation Issaquah, WA Sep 05, 2011 $94,000
IT Test Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 05, 2010 $94,000
IT Test Engineer Microsoft Corporation Issaquah, WA Jan 18, 2010 $93,178
LTE Technical Engineering & Test Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc. Redmond, WA Sep 29, 2011 $92,700
IT Test Engineer II Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 05, 2010 $91,934
IT Test Engineer 2 Microsoft Corporation Issaquah, WA Jul 18, 2011 $90,640
IT Test Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jul 03, 2010 $90,179
IT Test Engineer Microsoft Corporation Issaquah, WA Dec 27, 2009 $90,079
IT Test Engineer 2 Microsoft Corporation Issaquah, WA May 31, 2011 $90,000
IT Test Engineer Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA Nov 19, 2009 $89,936
Test Engineering Technician Supervisor Danfoss Power Electronics, A Division of Danfoss LLC Loves Park, IL Sep 15, 2015 $87,942
IT Test Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jul 31, 2010 $86,000
Test Engineering Technician Cbrite Inc. Goleta, CA Feb 17, 2016 $85,000
IT Test Engineer 2 Microsoft Corporation Issaquah, WA Oct 01, 2009 $83,447
IT Test Engineer Microsoft Corporation Issaquah, WA May 28, 2010 $82,000
IT Test Engineer Microsoft Corporation Issaquah, WA Oct 01, 2009 $81,540
IT Test Engineer Microsoft Corporation Issaquah, WA Oct 01, 2010 $80,582

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Top Skills for A Technical Testing Engineer

  1. Test Procedures
  2. Electronic Test Equipment
  3. Test Cases
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained and compiled documentation of test procedures; requisitioned supplies and equipment necessary to maintain and operate telecommunication devices.
  • Operate electronic test equipment to ensure proper calibrations, distance locators and communications equipment.
  • Test cases were designed to verify system level functional specifications for advanced telecommunications networks and services.
  • Develop efficient automated testing procedures through software scripting that efficiently integrates the UUT (Unit-Under Test) and test hardware.
  • Conducted test re-evaluations of selected test fixtures in test laboratories and in clean-room environments.

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Top 10 Best States for Technical Testing Engineers

  1. Wyoming
  2. Alaska
  3. Washington
  4. North Dakota
  5. Montana
  6. Vermont
  7. District of Columbia
  8. Virginia
  9. Colorado
  10. Rhode Island
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Technical Testing Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

82.4%

Female

10.2%

Unknown

7.4%
Ethnicity

White

58.8%

Hispanic or Latino

16.2%

Asian

11.0%

Black or African American

9.8%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

48.1%

French

11.1%

Portuguese

7.4%

Polish

7.4%

Arabic

7.4%

Korean

7.4%

Vietnamese

3.7%

Japanese

3.7%

Carrier

3.7%
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Technical Testing Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.8%

Northeastern University

7.9%

Rochester Institute of Technology

7.3%

Community College of the Air Force

5.5%

ITT Technical Institute-Austin

5.5%

Colorado Technical University

5.5%

San Jose State University

4.8%

University of Memphis

4.8%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.2%

Front Range Community College

4.2%

More Tech Institute

4.2%

Mesa Community College - Boswell

3.6%

Henry Ford College

3.6%

Arizona State University

3.6%

Austin Community College

3.6%

Strayer University

3.6%

ITT Technical Institute - Indianapolis

3.0%

Ferris State University

3.0%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

3.0%

Heald College - Central Administrative Office

3.0%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

34.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

14.5%

Business

8.4%

Computer Science

5.6%

Mechanical Engineering

4.1%

Computer Information Systems

3.9%

Automotive Technology

3.0%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.8%

Management

2.5%

Information Technology

2.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.4%

Engineering

2.4%

Computer Networking

2.3%

Computer Engineering

2.1%

Engineering Technology

1.9%

Aviation

1.8%

Computer Engineering Technology

1.6%

Electromechanical Instrumentation And Maintenance Technologies/Technicians

1.4%

Industrial Technology

1.3%

Project Management

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

33.3%

Associate

28.6%

Other

21.5%

Masters

8.8%

Certificate

6.0%

Diploma

1.5%

Doctorate

0.2%

License

0.1%
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