Pre-Assembly Printed Circuit Board Inspector

Inspect printed circuit boards.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Pre-Assembly Printed Circuit Board Inspectors do?

Inspects printed circuit boards preparatory to assembly for compliance to company guidelines, using test equipment: Examines PCB’s on light table for breaks in copper foil circuits. Examines PCB’s to detect circuit shorts, using magnification lamp. Measures dimensions of PCB’s, using ruler. Views inside edges of solder holes to detect irregular surfaces, using eye loupe. Inserts leads to components in solder holes to verify spacing of holes and ease of component insertion. Verifies plating integrity of copper foil circuits and composition of solder through solder holes, using electronic test equipment. May record inspection results to maintain vendor history files.


Should I be a Pre-Assembly Printed Circuit Board Inspector?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Printed Circuit Board Inspector, Pre-Assembly

    How to Become a
    Pre-Assembly Printed Circuit Board Inspector

    Most Pre-Assembly Printed Circuit Board Inspectors 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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