In-circuit test


Test to assess the correct manufacture of printed circuit boards (PCB). The in-circuit test (ICT) tests for shorts, resistance, and capacitance, and can be performed with a “bed of nails” tester or with a fixtureless in-circuit test (FICT).

Alternative labels

in-circuit testing
assess printed circuit boards
assess PCBs
fixtureless in-circuit test
testing in-circuit
check manufacture of printed circuit boards
check manufacture of PCBs

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Relationships with occupations

Essential knowledge

In-circuit test is an essential knowledge of the following occupations:

Printed circuit board test technician: Printed circuit board test technicians inspect and test printed circuit boards. They perform a range of printed circuit board testing procedures and may perform minor repairs.

Optional knowledge

In-circuit test is optional for these occupations. This means knowing this knowledge may be an asset for career advancement if you are in one of these occupations.

Test engineer: Test engineers plan and perform detailed quality tests during various phases of the design process to make sure that the systems are properly installed and function correctly. They analyse the data collected during tests and produce reports. They are also responsible for the safety of the test operations.




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Last updated on September 20, 2022