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Hardware Test Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Hardware Test Engineer designs and develops test processes for computer hardware and computer-related equipment. Creates test plans and equipment, implements and monitors test processes, and completes hardware product validations.

Job Outlook

There were 10 Hardware Test Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 1309 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Hardware Engineer industry, which includes the Hardware Test Engineer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Hardware Test Engineer jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $108,732.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $108,732.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Hardware Test Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $94,584.

Education and Experience

Posted Hardware Test Engineer jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree2.37%
Bachelor's Degree73.49%
Master's Degree30.79%
Doctoral Degree12.68%
Other1.38%

Posted Hardware Test Engineer jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years17.37%
3 to 5 years43.31%
6 to 8 years17.6%
9+ years21.71%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Hardware Test Engineer positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Troubleshooting (Problem Solving) (34.07%)
  • Communication (32.47%)
  • Management (16.5%)
  • Problem Solving (14.82%)
  • Leadership (13.75%)
  • Planning (13.29%)
  • Self-Motivation (12.38%)
  • Mathematics (12.15%)
  • Operations (11.54%)
  • Verbal Communication Skills (10.31%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Test Automation (27.12%)
  • Oscilloscope (22.11%)
  • Automation (26.66%)
  • Electrical Engineering (33.67%)
  • C++ (Programming Language) (20.26%)
  • Computer Engineering (20.96%)
  • Debugging (30.74%)
  • Python (Programming Language) (39.37%)
  • Test Planning (38.21%)
  • Test Engineering (76.43%)
  • Test Equipment (26.04%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Semiconductors (4.01%)
  • Schematic Reading (1.69%)
  • Multimeters (5.24%)
  • Test Tools (5.08%)
  • Design Verification (5.7%)
  • Atlassian Confluence (4.85%)
  • Agile Methodology (9.78%)
  • Git (Version Control System) (7.7%)
  • Microsoft Access (3.7%)
  • C (Programming Language) (14.1%)
  • Automatic Test Equipment (4.62%)
  • JIRA (9.4%)
  • Software Development (15.02%)
  • Soldering (2.7%)
  • Data Analysis (13.17%)
  • C# (Programming Language) (8.4%)
  • Printed Circuit Board (8.24%)
  • Software Testing (12.4%)
  • Vibrations (2.85%)
  • Systems Engineering (11.86%)
  • Configuration Management (7.4%)
  • Computer Science (16.33%)
  • Operating Systems (3.54%)
  • Digital Electronics (2.77%)
  • Hardware Architecture (8.24%)
  • Integration Testing (13.17%)
  • Electrical Systems (3.39%)
  • Electronics (11.48%)
  • Linux (17.1%)
  • Hardware Design (7.86%)
  • Project Management (7.32%)
  • Simulations (6.32%)
  • LabVIEW (14.71%)
  • Firmware (7.16%)
  • Networking Hardware (1.08%)
  • MATLAB (14.18%)
  • CI/CD (3.16%)
  • Laboratory Testing (3.39%)
  • Product Design (3.85%)
  • Mechanical Engineering (5.24%)
  • Logic Analyzer (5.39%)
  • Software Engineering (9.86%)
  • Systems Design (6.01%)
  • System Testing (11.4%)
  • Verification And Validation (10.94%)
  • New Product Development (17.72%)
  • Programming Languages (5.16%)
  • Test Data (13.64%)
  • Root Cause Analysis (8.24%)
  • Scripting (19.65%)
  • Physics (3.85%)
  • Serial Peripheral Interface (4.55%)
  • Systems Integration (8.47%)
  • Radio Frequency (8.78%)
  • Sensors (9.24%)
  • I2C (4.39%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • C++ (Programming Language) (49.53%)
  • Debugging (75.14%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Hardware Test Engineer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Principal Systems Engineer
  • Test Engineer
  • Principal Engineer
  • Principal Software Engineer
  • Principal
  • Systems Test Engineer
  • Electrical Hardware Engineer
  • Software Integration and Test Engineer
  • Hardware Technician

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Hardware Test Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Northrop Grumman (217)
  • Actalent (127)
  • Lockheed Martin (34)
  • Raytheon Technologies (31)
  • Randstad (26)
  • Google (21)
  • Allegis Group (19)
  • SpaceX (17)
  • BAE Systems (14)
  • ARM (13)

North Carolina

  • Siemens (2)
  • Lenovo (1)
  • Insight Global (1)
  • Tanisha Systems (1)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!