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ICT systems test engineer

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Summary of occupation

ICT systems test engineers develop procedures and strategies to support, create, maintain and manage technical quality assurance processes and guidelines and systems infrastructure.

They identify variations, risks and recommend corrective action plans for ICT issues associated with installation, maintenance, repair, upgrade and configuration and troubleshooting of desktops, software, hardware, printers, Internet, email, databases, operating systems and security systems.

ANZSCO description: Specifies, develops and writes test plans and test scripts, produces test cases, carries out regression testing, and uses automated test software applications to test the behaviour, functionality and integrity of systems, and documents the results of tests in defect reports and related documentation.
Alternative names: Quality Manager (ICT), Systems Tester, Systems Tester Quality Analyst (ICT), Test Analyst (ICT)
Specialisations: Quality Assurance Engineer, Quality Specialist (ICT)
Job prospects: Limited
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

ICT systems test engineers should:

  • be able to think logically and analytically in a problem-solving environment
  • demonstrate excellent oral and written communications skills
  • have good process management skills
  • be able to work within a team
  • have leadership and management skills
  • be imaginative and good at creative reasoning
  • be able to work independently or as part of a team
  • have good oral and written communication skills
  • be able to accept responsibility
  • be willing to continuously update their skills and knowledge.
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Working conditions

These engineers typically work in offices or laboratories. They usually work a typical 40 hour week, although evening or weekend work may be necessary to meet deadlines or solve specific problems.

Like other workers who spend long periods typing on a computer, ICT systems test engineers should ensure that their work environment is ergonomically sound.

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Salary details

On average, ICT (Information Communications and Technology) systems test engineers, classified under ICT support and test engineers, can expect to earn between $1 250 and $1 499 per week ($65 000 and $77 999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience. As an ICT systems test engineer develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.

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Tools and technologies

ICT systems test engineers may use:
• circuit testers
• electronic measuring probes
• low voltage alternating and direct current AC DC panelboards
• oscilloscopes
• signal generators
• computer-aided design (CAD) software
• data base user interface and query software
• development environment software
• object or component oriented development software.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

To become an ICT systems test engineer you usually need to compete a degree in information technology or a degree in science with a major in computer science. 

Most universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.

​It is possible to work as an ICT systems test engineer without a bachelor degree. You generally require at least five years of relevant work experience in a related field, and relevant vendor certifications may substitute for a formal qualification. 

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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