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Assembly Test Technician

Assembly test technicians are responsible for assembling different components or parts of semi-finished or finished electronic products to deliver a product that is ready to be sold in stores or other industries. They assemble parts or components to build a whole new product and perform regular test and inspection procedures to ensure that the product is formed per the specifications. 

Assembly test technicians perform complex assembly of products according to established specifications and instructions. They perform high precision calibration and advanced adjustments using testing instruments. They also develop assembly and test procedures to promote the production of quality products and monitor the functioning of all equipment and report any problems or substandard conditions to the supervisor.

Assembly Test Technician

What does an Assembly Test Technician do?

Assembly Test Technician

An assembly test technician works at manufacturing facilities where they are in charge of assembling electronic product components and subjecting them to various tests, ensuring compliance with standards and regulations. 

Although the extent of their responsibilities depends on their organization of employment, it usually includes understanding diagrams and project requirements, establishing and implementing test parameters, operating tools and equipment, maintaining records, and producing detailed reports. There are also times when they must coordinate with quality control teams, working together in a joint effort to improve production processes and results.

  • Assembly Knowledge

    Assembly test technicians must read and understand drawings to be able to assembly equipment correctly. They also operate automated assembly equipment to perform manual equipment operation or trouble-shooting as necessary.

  • Dexterity

    These technicians must have excellent manual dexterity of the hands and arms, as well as, a working knowledge of continuous improvement tools.

  • Test Equipment

    These technicians perform field and/or laboratory testing, observation, and inspection of construction materials. They must complete all testing and service forms and check sheets including preparing reports for review by supervisor.

  • Replace Equipment

    Assembly test technicians adjust and replace defective or improperly functioning circuitry and electronics components, using hand tools and soldering iron.



Assembly test technician earn an average yearly salary of $42,000


Starting-level assembly test technician earnings begin at:

$16 per hour
$33,000 per year

Senior-level aerospace engineer earnings begin at:

$23 per hour
$48,000 per year

Mid-level assembly test technician earnings begin at:

$20 per hour
$42,523 per year

Top-level aerospace engineer earnings begin at:

$25 per hour
$53,000 per year

Junior-level assembly test technician earnings begin at:

$18 per hour
$37,000 per year

These are 2021 national salary averages and may fluctuate based on location.

What does the workplace for an Assembly Test Technician look like?

Assembly test technicians can work in day or night shifts, from Sunday to Wednesday or Wednesday to Saturday.

Tasks are somewhat complex and performed within the spectrum ranging from narrowly defined parameters and limited judgment up to highly complex and nonstandard assignments in nature and broadly defined parameters.  High degree of judgment and initiative is required in resolving complex nonstandard problems and developing recommendations.  Normally receives general instructions on routine work, and detailed instructions on new work.

Top Industries for Assembly Test Technicians:

  • Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Professional

How to Become an Assembly Test Technician?

Assembly Test Technician

In terms of academic qualifications, a high school diploma or a general education diploma is sufficient for an entry-level position in the manufacturing units. Assembly test technicians are expected to have good hand-eye coordination with demonstrated excellent manual dexterity for precision alignment.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become an assembly test technician. In fact, many assembly test technician jobs require experience in a role such as test technician. Meanwhile, many assembly test technicians also have previous career experience in roles such as electronics technician or technician.

Typical Qualifications:

  • Associate’s degree or higher in electronics or engineering.
  • Demonstrate 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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