There are many ways on how an equipment will malfunction. The wires might be overheating and short out or burn out, the parts of the equipment might be damaged by abrasion or impact, the mechanical contacts and parts might be wearing out, and many more. When these are happening, the equipment may be operating in a strange manner or may not operate at all.
In these cases, you would normally look for ways on how to get the equipment fixed and operate again. If the equipment that is malfunctioning is part of an assembly line, the whole line would be down and would cause and unexpected time-off and would lose a lot of revenue. You should be aware that if you are responsible in doing some repairs on an equipment that is not functioning properly, then the client will be observing all your moves since they will be paying you for the time that you spent in fixing the equipment. This will always add a lot of pressure to the person that is doing the repairs of the equipments that are not functioning.
You should understand carefully the process of troubleshooting. Troubleshooting is the method on determining the operation or behavior of a circuit that is faulty in order to know what is wrong with it. It also involves knowing what component or components are defective and how to repair the circuit. Depending on the equipment that will be needing some troubleshooting, it can be a really hard thing to do. There are cases where in the components that are faulty can be easily spotted and the issues can be diagnosed easily. But there are also some cases wherein the issues and the faulty components can be really hard to identify. There are some issues that can be spotted easily like a faulty relay that shows signs of burning, while cases where an isolated problem that is caused by a connection with high resistance can be really hard to identify.
How can you tell if a person is a troubleshooting expert? One quality of an expert troubleshooter is that they can easily find the problem in a component in a very fast pace. These experts can easily identify both complicated or simple problems in a component. One more quality of an expert troubleshooter is to replace only the components that are having some problems. They appear to have the ability to identify what is wrong with the equipment. Trial and error is not their thing. So what is the secret of these expert troubleshooters?
You might be thinking that if a person is aware on the function of a certain equipment, he or she will be able to perform the right troubleshooting if it is needed. You will need a lot more than this if you want to be a great at troubleshooting.
An expert troubleshooter is always aware of all the functions of an electrical component that is using a familiar or unfamiliar circuit. These expert troubleshooters know the approach and the methods that they will use in order to analyze a circuit systematically or logically to identify what the problem is. These expert troubleshooters also know what the tools they will use in order to know what is really wrong in a component. Finally, these expert troubleshooters have had the chance to really refine and develop their skills in troubleshooting a faulty component.