A software test engineer develops manual test cases and test automation scripts to test software products. In other words, the software test engineer is part of a an elaborate team of software engineers who create innovative product lines and product solutions via product development, in addition to maintaining manual and automated testing of the products.
The duties of those in this position revolve around communicating effectively with customers to cater to their software demands, and developing automated tests using programming languages such as Java, Visual Basic, and so on. Developing documentation to demonstrate solutions through writing diagrams, flow charts, and pseudo-codes is a must, so software test engineers must have strong attention to detail to ensure their success. Confidentiality is also a requirement regarding most operations.
Creating test reports which describe automated test results (and managing all resulting data) is another important responsibility. Generally, a minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Software Engineering, Computer Science, or a related field is required, and prior experience in software test development is almost always preferred. Regular hours and a fixed schedule with sick days and paid holiday time can be expected. Travel is optional, but most applicants opt to visit various conventions to stay up-to-date on the latest technologies in their field.
Software Test Engineer (STE) Tasks
- Develop manual and program automated test software using diverse tools and source documentation.
- Participate in product design reviews and modify requirements.
- Document, track, and resolve software bugs or defects with help from the programming team.
- Design benchmarks, test cases, and testing framework.