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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

  • $76,000

    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
Research And Development Technician Engineering Technician Electrical Engineer
Electrical Engineer Lead
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Test Technician Senior Engineering Technician Manufacturing Engineer
Engineering/Maintenance Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Test Technician Senior Technologist
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Radio Frequency Technician Repair Technician Electrical Technician
Lead Electrical Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Engineer Design Engineer Mechanical Engineer
Lead Mechanical Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Service Technician Mechanical Technician
Lead Mechanical Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Maintenance Technician Manufacturing Technician
Manufacturing Lead Technician
5 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Engineer Senior Engineer Senior Electrical Engineer
Principal Electrical Engineer
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Test Engineer Senior Product Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Principal Manufacturing Engineer
12 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Engineer Design Engineer
Senior Design Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Technician Project Engineer
Senior Electrical Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Technician Field Service Technician
Senior Electronics Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Engineer Quality Assurance Manager Manufacturing Manager
Senior Manufacturing Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Quality Assurance Engineer Senior Test Engineer
Senior Manufacturing Test Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Test Engineer Quality Assurance Engineer Quality Engineer
Senior Quality Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Systems Engineer Senior Engineer
Staff Engineer
5 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Engineer Systems Engineer
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Technician Senior Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Staff Engineer 4.3 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Test Technician 3.0 years
Top Careers Before Technical Testing Engineer
Technician 6.9%
Top Careers After Technical Testing Engineer
Technician 4.0%
Engineer 3.8%
Owner 2.6%

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Technical Testing Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

88.3%

Female

10.1%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

58.7%

Hispanic or Latino

15.8%

Asian

11.5%

Black or African American

9.6%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

45.8%

French

12.5%

Portuguese

8.3%

Polish

8.3%

Korean

8.3%

Vietnamese

4.2%

Japanese

4.2%

Carrier

4.2%

Arabic

4.2%
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Technical Testing Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.2%

Rochester Institute of Technology

7.8%

Northeastern University

7.8%

Community College of the Air Force

7.0%

University of Memphis

6.1%

Arizona State University

5.2%

ITT Technical Institute-Austin

5.2%

More Tech Institute

5.2%

Henry Ford College

4.3%

Florida State University

4.3%

University of South Florida

3.5%

Mesa Community College - Boswell

3.5%

Southwest Institute of Technology

3.5%

Northern Essex Community College

3.5%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.5%

Ferris State University

3.5%

Colorado Technical University

3.5%

Front Range Community College

3.5%

Austin Community College

3.5%

Schoolcraft College

3.5%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

34.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

14.1%

Business

8.9%

Computer Science

5.2%

Mechanical Engineering

4.4%

Computer Information Systems

3.9%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

3.4%

Automotive Technology

3.1%

Management

2.8%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.4%

Information Technology

2.4%

Engineering Technology

2.1%

Computer Engineering

2.1%

Engineering

2.0%

Computer Networking

2.0%

Aviation

1.5%

Project Management

1.5%

Computer Engineering Technology

1.5%

Industrial Technology

1.3%

Electromechanical Instrumentation And Maintenance Technologies/Technicians

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

34.5%

Associate

26.0%

Other

24.0%

Masters

8.1%

Certificate

5.6%

Diploma

1.4%

Doctorate

0.2%

License

0.1%
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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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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A Technical Testing Engineer

Average Yearly Salary
$76,000
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$56,000
Min 10%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$103,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Triumph Group
Highest Paying City
Palo Alto, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.6 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 $76,563 per year or $37 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $56,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $103,000.

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Top Skills for A Technical Testing Engineer

  1. Test Cases
  2. Electronic Test Equipment
  3. Test Hardware
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Test cases were designed to verify system level functional specifications for advanced telecommunications networks and services.
  • Operate electronic test equipment to ensure proper calibrations, distance locators and communications equipment.
  • Develop efficient automated testing procedures through software scripting that efficiently integrates the UUT (Unit-Under Test) and test hardware.
  • Designed and built test fixtures for a variety electronic devices, performed electrical and specialized environmental testing/screening of solid-state components.
  • Designed and built entire vehicle electrical systems on Plywood bucks to validate hardware and software functionality.

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  2. Alaska
  3. Washington
  4. North Dakota
  5. Montana
  6. Vermont
  7. District of Columbia
  8. Virginia
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