Senior automation engineers are responsible for utilizing engineering methods to automate processes and infrastructure. They stabilize testing processes, troubleshoot equipment, design effective systems that interact with client-side functionality, and test plans for large-scale projects. Additionally, senior automation engineers assist with creating engineering documentation and tracking performance metrics, as well as develop effective end-to-end testing phases. In all tasks, these engineers must ensure compliance with industry regulations and company procedures.
Other principal tasks for senior automation engineers include researching new features and technologies to include in feasibility studies for product concepts, as well as writing test scripts for bug isolation and existing functionality. These engineers also provide technical training to junior team members as needed, optimize automation efforts with software tools and engineering team expertise, and analyze user data to determine quality standards. They also design automated test coverage and complete planning activities and exploratory testing. Their main functions also include defect reporting and performing troubleshooting load tests. Generally, senior automation engineers present recommendations to upper management and report their progress to the automation supervisor or manager in their department.
Generally, at least a bachelor's degree in computer engineering, software engineering, or a related field is required for this position, as well as experience working in a similar position. Senior automation engineers must have a strong understanding of automation frameworks such as selenium, as well as test suites that use open-source or commercial testing tools. They should be able to work well with other engineers to reach all organizational goals, as well as perform well alone with minimal supervision. They must be results driven, pay strong attention to detail, and possess strong interpersonal skills to communicate findings.
Senior Automation Engineer Tasks
- Collaborate with internal and external teams to test and improve efficiency of systems.
- Lead automation projects and changes, including daily operations and quality control.
- Program, write, and verify automated testing tools.
- Analyze systems and design and evaluate automation scripts and systems.