What does a Test Technician do?

Systems test technicians perform a range of testing and inspection tasks. They are employed in many settings, including manufacturing, electronics, and scientific research. They test and validate equipment and machinery, along with individual components and parts. Their role also involves testing the systems and programs involved in these processes. They are responsible for the inspection, calibration, and verification of the testing tools and equipment used for these purposes. They perform troubleshooting and oversee the process of requesting or performing any necessary adjustments. They prepare detailed technical reports and other testing-related records.

Systems test technicians typically have a bachelor’s degree in a scientific or technical field, and a strong background involving testing and inspections. They must be highly organized and pay scrupulous attention to detail. Hands-on experience using testing equipment and validation programs is helpful.

What responsibilities are common for Test Technician jobs?
  • Perform service tasks related to electrical power equipment, including repair, replacement, refurbishment, and upgrade.
  • Keep current with new techniques and developments in the service and testing of electrical power equipment.
  • Adjust and replace defective or improperly functioning circuitry and electronics components, using hand tools and soldering iron.
  • Maintain system logs and manuals to document testing and operation of equipment.
  • Perform field and/or laboratory testing, observation, and inspection of construction materials.
  • Ensure work is in accordance with OSHA and DOT standards.
  • Support test plan development and execution, scheduling, logistics, and inventory.
  • Complete all testing and service forms and check sheets including preparing reports for review by supervisor.
  • Requisition materials and supplies and schedule heavy vehicles when necessary.
What are the typical qualifications for Test Technician jobs?
  • Associate's Degree or higher in electronics or engineering.
  • Demonstrated strong leadership, decision making, and problem solving skills.
  • Requires good manual dexterity.
  • Basic understanding of writing protocols.
  • Sound time management and leadership skills.
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How much does a Test Technician make?

$50,396 /yr
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“5 Managers per 2 engineers per 1 technician for assembly line is hilarious and depressing.”

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Apr 3, 2023

“The job was fun and challenging and they took care of me both financially and with benefits.”

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Dec 26, 2022

“Hardly ever any work there was month where I spent my 12 hour shifts doing absolutely nothing.”

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“Good first step in engineering because of the training they provide – so this company is best for those who are career”

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Feb 28, 2022

“100% awesome and good career growth”

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May 24, 2021

“The work is enjoyable and the people I work with are great.”

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Oct 18, 2022

“Some of the best reasons to work in this district include the pay and benefits.”

Testing Executive
Feb 13, 2022

“Training was amazing which is good to brush up your basic”

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