Sound Tester

Operate sound-testing equipment to detect defects.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Sound Testers do?

Operates sound-testing equipment to detect defects in machinery ball bearing assemblies and diagnoses causes of defects: Turns dials on equipment to specified setting. Slides bearing on adapter arm and starts machine to rotate inner ring of bearing. Listens through headphones to detect sounds that indicate mechanical defect in bearing and to determine probable cause of defect. Separates defective bearings and sorts bearings for scrap or salvage.


Should I be a Sound Tester?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Solid State Tester, Tester, Sound

    How to become a Sound Tester

    Most Sound 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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