Electrical Continuity Tester

Test electrical units, such as lamps, coils, armatures, and commutators.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Electrical Continuity Testers do?

Tests electrical units, such as lamps, coils, armatures, and commutators to determine shorts, grounds, or efficiency of unit, using test lamp, meter, or growler: Clamps test wires to electrical unit, screws unit into socket, or inserts lead wires into mercury tube to make contact with testing device. Turns dials to set controls of test equipment and observes meter or test lamp which indicates acceptability of unit. Places armature in growler and manually rotates armature under steel strip. Listens for growling sound and watches for attraction of steel strip to armature surface indicating short circuit. May inspect unit and remove excess solder, mica, or copper chips, using buffing machine, pick, or brush. May demagnetize coils, using demagnetizing equipment. May test carbon pellets with attached shunt wires to determine current flow through pellets, during production of carbon brushes. May be designated according to unit tested as Armature Tester II; Carbon Brushes Tester; Coil Tester; Commutator Tester; Electric-Switch Tester; Light-Bulb Tester; Resistor Tester.


Should I be an Electrical Continuity Tester?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Continuity Tester, Electrical Continuity Inspector, Tester, Electrical Continuity

    How to Become an
    Electrical Continuity Tester

    Most Electrical Continuity Testers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9zcaaa&chl=no+college+%2869%25%29|certificate+%2828%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,69,69
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