A test technician helps perform key diagnostic and quality tests on their company's products. On an average day, test technicians may respond to error messages, gather data for reports, and perform other routine quality-control tasks, depending on their workplace's needs. Since they often work in a manufacturing setting, some physical labor may be required for installing testing hardware, measuring data, and light product-fabrication work. However, the core of their job is running diagnostic tests and performing routine troubleshooting of system issues. This may require the ability to interpret complex documents such as technical schematics and follow precise instructions well.
Test technicians often work in the production of electronic equipment, as well as automotive, defense, and aerospace products. A wide variety of manufacturing jobs may employ a small number of test technicians as well.
Education required for this position varies; it may include an associate's degree in electronics, for example, or a bachelor's degree in engineering. Most companies look for individuals with prior experience as well. Computer proficiency is important for test technicians, since they must examine and analyze data longs. Organizational and multitasking skills - as well as basic mathematical skills - are essential as well. Test technicians perform many of their tasks on their own, but they also need to be good communicators and work well with co-workers and the lead technician to ensure safety and product quality.
Test Technician Tasks
- Coordinate with development engineers in debugging and troubleshooting problems.
- Document test results and provide reports.
- Run tests, develop, and maintain scripts to build and automate hardware.