Staff Profile: Jeffrey Adviento – Test Leader

Name: Jeffrey Adviento

Title: Test Leader

Q: Please describe your role at Circuitwise. What does a typical day look like?

My role is to lead the test department and make sure team members are fully trained and able to undertake the tests our clients require. Every client is different and they normally supply their own test equipment, along with procedures on how to test PCBAs. They normally come into our facility commission it and oversee the initial tests. A typical day for me is setting up new test fixtures or taking old ones out of storage for the operators before they arrive. I then work with the operators to ensure they understand what they need to do and deal with any issues that come up. After a whole batch is tested, I work with the repair and rework department to repair any failed components.

Q: What is the most interesting part of your work?

We have a lot of different products that need testing. It's interesting to see how different engineers approach their designs, both for their PCBAs and their testing systems. I like learning from the different approaches. My favourite activity is debugging faulty boards. It can be a real challenge to work out what the issue is. I get a lot of satisfaction from solving issues and delivering a 100% batch yield.

Q What is the most common question you get asked at work?

Clients often ask me if I can recommend a better testing process, to reduce the time taken to do the tests and hence reduce the costs.

Also, I am often asked how long I have been working at Circuitwise. People are surprised to hear I have been here more than 20 years. I came to Circuitwise to apply for a soldering position for a part-time job. However, as I had an Advanced Diploma in Electrical Technology on my resume, Circuitwise gave me the opportunity to work in the test department. I spent a few years in Hardware Engineering but came back to Testing to lead the area.

Q: What is your best tip for clients in testing electronic products

It depends on the product, as they range from very simple test procedures to really complicated ones. It also depends on the volume of production. For high volume products, clients should definitely invest in automating the process to make it faster. This can include designing a bed of nails and aiming to test multiple boards on a panel in one go.

Another tip would be to ensure you are thinking about the test when you are designing the product. Too often testing is an after-thought. You need to think about how to make the test as efficient as possible and that starts with how you design the product.

Q: What is the best thing about being a part of the Circuitwise team?

It is always a great feeling to work with people who are motivated like me. I enjoy working together as a team to provide quality of service to our clients. I am thankful for working with great people in my department who exercise respectful words and actions at all times. The majority of people that I work with have been here for more than 10 years and it’s a pleasure working with them every day.

Q: What are your favourite activities outside of work? What are you most enthusiastic about?

I love fishing. I do a lot of rock fishing around Sydney. I will drive for 3-4 hours to find a good spot. I love to chase hard-fighting fish such as King Fish, Bonito and Salmon. However, since I had children I have not been able to do that much, as it's too dangerous having them with me on the rocks. Now I am getting into drone fishing where we go to the beach while my kids are playing in the sand. It’s safe to fish with kids around.

Q: What is a fun fact that people may not know about you?

I play a little bit of guitar with limited songs I’ve learned over the past years but I don’t sing, except in the shower. Also, I love going camping anywhere near Sydney with family and friends. I enjoy watching sports such as NBA basketball and footy.