There are actually a lot of ways on how an equipment will not work properly. 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 things happen, the result is that the equipment may not be operating like how it was made to, or not operate at all.
You will normally look for ways on how to repair the equipment and make it operate again in this cases. 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.
So what really is 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. This process also involves knowing the components that are not functioning properly 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 instances that the faulty components can be easily identified and the issues can be easily determined. But there are also instances that the components that are faulty and the problem with it can be really hard to diagnose. It would be easy to find a faulty relay that has visible signs of burning, while an isolated issue that is caused by a connection that has high resistance can be really hard to spot.
How can you tell if a person is a troubleshooting expert? One quality of an expert troubleshooting is to easily determine the problem in a component in short period of time. Complicated or easy problems, these experts can identify them all easily. One more quality of an expert troubleshooter is to replace only the components that are having some problems. These experts appear to have the ability to know what is really faulty in a component. They will not need some trial and error. So do you want to know their secret?
There are some people that would think if they know all the functions of a certain equipment, they would automatically know how to perform a needed troubleshooting. 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. An expert troubleshooter is also aware of the different tools that he or she will be using in order to know what the problem is. Finally, these expert troubleshooters have had the chance to really refine and develop their skills in troubleshooting a faulty component.