Profession test engineer

Test engineers plan and perform detailed quality tests during various phases of the design process to make sure that the systems are properly installed and function correctly. They analyse the data collected during tests and produce reports. They are also responsible for the safety of the test operations.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Engineering processes

    The systematic approach to the development and maintenance of engineering systems.

  • Production processes

    Know the materials, production processes and other techniques required for the production and distribution of goods.

  • Test procedures

    The methods for producing results in science or engineering, such as physical tests, chemical tests, or statistical tests.

  • Technical drawings

    Drawing software and the various symbols, perspectives, units of measurement, notation systems, visual styles and page layouts used in technical drawings.

  • Engineering principles

    The engineering elements like functionality, replicability, and costs in relation to the design and how they are applied in the completion of engineering projects.

  • Manufacturing processes

    The steps required through which a material is transformed into a product, its development and full-scale manufacturing.

  • Industrial engineering

    The field of engineering concerned with the development, improvement, and implementation of complex processes and systems of knowledge, people, equipment, etc.

Skills

  • Analyse scientific data

    Collect and analyse scientific data resulting from research. Interpret these data according to certain standards and viewpoints in order to comment on it.

  • Analyse test data

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

  • Approve engineering design

    Give consent to the finished engineering design to go over to the actual manufacturing and assembly of the product.

  • Adjust engineering designs

    Adjust designs of products or parts of products so that they meet requirements.

  • 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.

  • Perform scientific research

    Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.

  • Use technical drawing software

    Create technical designs and technical drawings using specialised software.

Optional knowledge and skills

conduct routine machinery checks instrumentation equipment test electronic units test performance of power plants write routine reports monitor nuclear power plant systems instrumentation engineering follow nuclear plant safety precautions test optoelectronics electrical engineering test electrical equipment develop ict test suite test materials nuclear energy test microelectromechanical systems in-circuit test test instrumentation equipment

Common job titles

  • Test engineer
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  • Senior test engineer
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  • Intern (september - december, 25-40 hr a week)