Profession computer hardware test technician

Computer hardware test technicians conduct testing of computer hardware such as circuit boards, computer chips, computer systems, and other electronic and electrical components. They analyse the hardware configuration and test the hardware reliability and conformance to specifications.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Hardware testing methods

    Those processes in which hardware components or systems are tested, such as the system test (ST), the ongoing reliability test (ORT), and the in-circuit test (ICT).

  • Hardware architectures

    The designs laying out the physical hardware components and their interconnections.

  • Instrument performance elements

    Elements that indicate or influence instrument performance. A first indication of the performance of the instrument is the accuracy or precision of the instrument, such as its response time, resolution, and range. A second indication of performance is the technical performance of the instrument, such as its power level, the electromagnetic interference, and transient voltages. A third indication of performance are environmental factors that can influence instrument performance, such as humidity, operating temperatures, or dust.

  • Hardware components

    The essential components that make up a hardware system, such as liquid-crystal displays (LCD), camera sensors, microprocessors, memories, modems, batteries and their interconnections.

  • Quality assurance procedures

    The procedures to inspect a product or system to ensure that it is according to specifications and requirements.

  • Electrical discharge

    Tthe qualities and applications of electrical discharge, including voltage and electrodes.

  • Electronic equipment standards

    The national and international quality and safety standards and regulations with regards to the use and manufacture of electronic equipment and its components, such as semiconductors and printed circuit boards.

  • Circuit diagrams

    Read and comprehend circuit diagrams showing the connections between the devices, such as power and signal connections.

  • Hardware materials

    The characteristics, applications and environmental effects of materials used to develop hardware.

  • Hardware platforms

    The characteristics of the hardware configuration required to process the applications software product.

Skills

  • Measure electrical characteristics

    Measure voltage, current, resistance or other electrical characteristics by using electrical measuring equipment such as multimeters, voltmeters, and ammeters.

  • Read assembly drawings

    Read and interpret drawings listing all the parts and subassemblies of a certain product. The drawing identifies the different components and materials and provides instructions on how to assemble a product.

  • Communicate test results to other departments

    Communicate testing information such as testing schedules, samples testing statistics and test results, to the relevant departments.

  • Use measurement instruments

    Use different measurement instruments depending on the property to be measured. Utilise various instruments to measure length, area, volume, speed, energy, force, and others.

  • Analyse test data

    Interpret and analyse data collected during testing in order to formulate conclusions, new insights or solutions.

  • Meet deadlines

    Ensure operative processes are finished at a previously agreed-upon time.

  • Test hardware

    Test computer hardware systems and components using appropriate equipment and testing methods, such as the system test (ST), the ongoing reliability test (ORT), and the in-circuit test (ICT). Monitor and evaluate system performance and take action if needed.

  • Read standard blueprints

    Read and comprehend standard blueprints, machine, and process drawings.

  • Use testing equipment

    Use equipment to test performance and operation of machinery.

  • Ensure conformity to specifications

    Ensure that the assembled products are conform to the specifications given.

  • Read engineering drawings

    Read the technical drawings of a product made by the engineer in order to suggest improvements, make models of the product or operate it.

  • Conduct quality control analysis

    Conduct inspections and tests of services, processes, or products to evaluate quality.

Optional knowledge and skills

research equipment needs operate precision measuring equipment perform test run send faulty equipment back to assembly line consumer electronics check system parameters against reference values remove defective products printed circuit boards testing methods test printed circuit boards test wireless devices keep records of work progress liaise with engineers perform in-circuit test waste removal regulations mechanics resolve equipment malfunctions microelectronics calibrate electronic instruments maintain test equipment write inspection reports electronics