Career Story: Test Data Entry Technician

Test Data Entry Technician

Job Title: Test Data Entry

Education: Assoicates in Science - New England Institute Of Technology - Providence, RI. •• Firefinder Radar Repairer Course - Redstone Arsneal, AL. •• Ft. Sill, OK - 1 year Training Certificate.

Previous Experience: US.Army 9 1/2 years. Radar Repairer and NVG and radio repairer. Ram Technology - Ft. Hood,TX. Installation and repair and field testing of the Miles systems.

Job Tasks: The best way to sum up the company I work for would be that we test the compatibility of software programs between communication equipment such as the Miltope (which is basically a computer that interfaces with the radar systems) and AFATADS which is another form of communications system, and various other systems as well.

One othe the requirements for employment here is to be able to pass a through security check (20 years back) to get a secret goverment clearance.

The majority of your job will be behind a desk, updating test proceedures and making changes that will help to improve the running of the actual tests, which only occur about every other month or more, depending on the programmers progress in the software builds.

Usually once or twice a month you might be required to help break down a radar system so it can be taken to the field for on site testing. When a test does arise you will be running and comparing programs to previous one from earlier software builds to make conclusions to the compatatiblity of the new software, then you will have to update records of the test results.

On a typical day you might spend half of it doing direct mission related tasks, such as giong over updates and making needed corrections and improvements.

On frist entering the company you will be required to go over many policies and proceedures that are realated to your job such as security requirements.

The benifits package is execellent, Paid time off (11 hours per month) Dental, Full Medical, Vision, and 410K, with spouse and dependents offered for partial coverage as well.

If you are a computer person and dont mind spending most of your time behind a desk this is the job for you.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: Like I stated above the benifits package is execellent. One other Benifit I should mention is if you stay with this company for over one year you qualify for a free college program, where the only thing you will need to supply is your books.

The people and the work enviorment is pleasant as well. Air conditioned office, top of the line computers and equipment.

Another plus is free coffee and sodas, bottled water or other soft drinks are supplied.

THe worst part of the job is the constant repetition of the work and sitting behind a desk most of the time.

Job Tips:
1. Either to have some kind of electronics backround, prior military experience a big plus but not required. required Secret Clearence is a must as well as a good dependable mode of transportation. If you have a degree of some sort that can be a plus as well but not required.

2. A well-spoken and positive person will get an interview which should be carried into the interview as well as a neat appearance. If you do have tatoos like me you might want to wear a long sleeve shirt. And like all interviews, good eye contact and good, clear and consise anwsers go a long way. Sell your strong points whatever they may be.

Additional Thoughts: If you desire to get into this sort of field would recommend getting a degree in engineering or another aspect of electronics. More education translates into better advancement and higher salaries and job security as well.

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