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Become A Test Technician

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Working As A Test Technician

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

  • $61,130

    Average Salary

What Does A Test Technician Do

A Test Technician ensures that products meet quality standards and function properly. They collaborate with development engineers in debugging and troubleshooting problems.

How To Become A 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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125,536 Test Technician jobs

Coherent
Santa Clara, CA
Test Technician (TEMP)

$65,220 Estimated

Kelly Services
Coon Rapids, MN
Test Technician

$61,130 Estimated

Randstad
Canton, GA
Test Technician

$57,590 Estimated

Volt Workforce Solutions
Indianapolis, IN
Hardware Test Technician (Military)

$58,600 Estimated

Trillium
Groveport, OH
Quality Test Technician

$61,130 Estimated

Ball Corporation/Ball Aerospace
Boulder, CO
Technician II-Test (661960)

$61,130 Estimated

Ball Corporation/Ball Aerospace
Boulder, CO
Test Technician II (660460)

$61,130 Estimated

Spacex.Py
Hawthorne, CA
Test Technician (Composites Structures) - Temporary

$65,220 Estimated

ZF
Livonia, MI
Test Technician

$61,130 Estimated

The Reserves Network
Largo, FL
Test Technician

$50,200 Estimated

Dematic
Holland, MI
Test Technician

$61,130 Estimated

ZF
Livonia, MI
Test Technician

$61,130 Estimated

TRW
Livonia, MI
Test Technician

$61,130 Estimated

TRW
Livonia, MI
Test Technician

$61,130 Estimated

Randstad
Camarillo, CA
Test Technician

$65,220 Estimated

ZF
Livonia, MI
Technician-Test

$61,130 Estimated

Freedman Seating
Chicago, IL
Test Technician- Test Lab

$61,130 Estimated

Robert Half
Longmont, CO
Test Technician

$61,130 Estimated

Northrop Grumman
Palmdale, CA
Test Tech 3

$65,220 Estimated

Northrop Grumman
Palmdale, CA
Flight Test Tech 3

$65,220 Estimated

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Real Test Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Team Manager, Compliance Testing Technology HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Jersey City, NJ Oct 27, 2016 $200,928
Team Manager Compliance Testing Technology HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Jersey City, NJ Mar 28, 2016 $137,000
Team Manager Compliance Testing Technology HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Jersey City, NJ Apr 04, 2016 $137,000
Manager, Tech, SYS Integr., Pgrm Mngmt, Func, & Test (Pmft) Deloitte Consulting LLP New York, NY Mar 03, 2016 $131,070 -
$184,000
Manager, Tech, SYS Integration-Prgm, Mgmt, Funct'l & Test (Pmft) Deloitte Consulting LLP San Jose, CA Oct 15, 2015 $122,000 -
$184,000
Manager, Tech, Sys Int, Prgm Mgmnt, Funct, &Test (Pmft) Deloitte Consulting LLP Arlington, VA May 27, 2016 $122,000 -
$184,000
Manager, Tech, SYS. Integration-Prgrm. Mngment, Funct., & Test (Pmft) Deloitte Consulting LLP Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Jan 09, 2015 $120,300 -
$171,000
Perfomance Test Technical Lead Ingersoll Rand Company Charlotte, NC Feb 16, 2015 $115,000
Test Technician (Computer Software Engineer) CDI Corporation Los Angeles, CA May 03, 2012 $103,933 -
$116,142
Test Technician (Computer Software Engineer) CDI Corporation Los Angeles, CA Apr 23, 2012 $103,933 -
$116,142
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Top Skills for A Test Technician

ComponentLevelCircuitBoardsHardwareLabOscilloscopesSafetyTestProceduresSet-UpRFTroubleShootingTestFixturesPCBTestResultsPCWindowsTestDataLaboratoryFunctionalTestSpectrumAnalyzerISO

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Top Test Technician Skills

  1. Component Level
  2. Circuit Boards
  3. Hardware
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Diagnose electronic products to component level.
  • Packaged circuit boards for shipment.
  • Designed and built entire vehicle electrical systems on Plywood bucks to validate hardware and software functionality.
  • Developed various lab manuals for testing devices.
  • Connect and set up oscilloscopes, meters, power analyzers, to test power electronics and control systems.

Top Test Technician Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Test Technician

  1. Qualcomm
  2. Flextronics
  3. Hewlett Packard
  4. The Boeing Company
  5. Aerotek
  6. Intel Corporation
  7. Sanmina Corporation
  8. Avnet
  9. Cox Communications
  10. Beyondsoft
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