Senior quality assurance and test automation engineers design applications that will convert manual test preparation into automated test preparation. They design, create, test and implement these solutions in order to automate as much of the manual test preparation as possible by using codes and scripts. Test automation engineers are usually part of a team: They work with the test lead to identify any challenges that could cause problems during the test automation process. They work with test designers to understand exactly what the requirements of the test are. They also work with the developers who have created the application being tested. All must work together in order to ensure that the testing process goes smoothly. In order to get the most out of the automation process, a test automation engineer must know when to implement automated solutions and in what order.
Test automation engineers have many responsibilities that vary based on the phase of the testing process in which they are working. The first testing phase is the unit test phase where the test automation engineer utilizes an application code. This code must be able to be used repeatedly before it is incorporated into the current build. The next testing phase is the function and system test. In this phase, test automation engineers develop automated solutions to increase the speed and efficiency of the test preparation process. They may do this by creating test cases or tooling with the software code.
Test automation engineers then implement an acceptance test. This is typically the same process as in the function and system test phase, except that the acceptance test is expedited as part of the system being deployed. If any changes are required, the designer of the test will be alerted and will review where improvements can be made.
Senior Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer Tasks
- Improve and automate test strategies and software configurations.
- Define test strategies and test manuals for tracking and fixing software issues.
- Develop and execute test cases to diagnose issues and bugs, creating test data when required..
- Participate in defining and communicating best practices.