Quality assurance (QA)/test automation engineers are in charge of supervising quality standards and automation efforts for their organization. They are responsible for correct equipment operation and output, and one of their main responsibilities includes creating test cases for future production tasks. QA/test automation engineers implement automation strategies using a variety of robotic equipment to facilitate production, as well as conduct product tests to check quality standards and identify possible technical issues.
Additionally, QA/test automation engineers verify bug fixes and perform additional testing. They investigate quality risks, present detailed reports to management in their department, and use a variety of software packages to create automation programs. QA/test automation engineers deploy automated tools using their technical expertise, as well as validate third-party data using manual approaches. In all tasks, these engineers must follow all applicable safety and privacy procedures; they must also improve test effectiveness and efficiency whenever possible. One of the QA/test automation engineer's main tools include a personal computer to manipulate equipment plans and develop specific plans to modify automation processes. Generally, these engineers report their progress to the quality assurance/automation manager in their department.
A bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or a related field is necessary for this position. In addition, previous experience in a quality assurance or automation environment - and industry certifications - may be preferred. In addition, QA/test automation engineers must have a solid understanding of system frameworks and scripting languages, as well as excellent communication skills and the ability to work well with other engineers in a team setting. However, these engineers must also work effectively on their own with minimal supervision.
Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer Tasks
- Integrate test automation industry standards and best practices.
- Execute automated test suite.
- Review regression test cases.
- Develop and maintain automated test scripts.
- Create library of custom functions.