What is an automated test engineer?
Automated test engineers are software developers, who design, programme and deploy new or existing software. However, to make the testing progress faster, the automation testing technique allows the procedure to be performed automatically, without the need for human effort.
Automated test engineers use standardised guidelines known as automation frameworks, to develop these programmes. In this field, you’ll specialise in a certain automation tool, such as Testsigma or Selenium.
What’s the difference between an automated test engineer and a manual test engineer?
In manual testing, the software is tested by hand by an analyst, to check the software for any bugs. However, with automated testing, test scripts are written by testers, which allows the tests to be performed automatically. Although some manual input is needed to write the scripts, the majority is automated. Overall, automated testing is more reliable and faster than manual, although it is more expensive to complete.
What are the typical responsibilities of an automated test engineer?
As an automated test engineer, you can expect to: design and develop test automation scripts, create, enhance and run the test scripts, troubleshoot software problems, collaborate with analysts and software developers to find solutions, and keep up-to-date with developments within the industry.
Why should I enter this field?
Automated testing is an exciting field, with plenty of new advancement in technology. You’ll be learning new things all the time. The experience of successfully resolving complex technical problems also makes the field incredibly rewarding. You’ll also be assisting not just your company, but the world at large, as you design brand new products.
What skills do I need to become a successful automated test engineer?
Practical skills you’ll need include: proficiency in programming languages like C# and Java and excellent mathematical skills. However, soft skills are also very important. You’ll need good problem-solving skills, attention to detail, the ability to work well in a team and to be able to manage your time effectively.
How can I become an automated test engineer?
Although there are opportunities for those without degrees, having a degree in a STEM subject will make you eligible for even more roles. There’s also a few apprenticeship opportunities, for example the level 4 software tester apprenticeship.
Work experience is also key to make yourself stand out, no matter the seniority of the job you're applying for. This doesn't have to be an internship or a placement: a committee role for a university society, attending programming events, and completing programming courses will all be valuable.
Who typically employs automated test engineers?
You can find employment opportunities in a number of places. Examples include: banks, software development companies, telecommunication companies and financial institutions. There are also opportunities in the public sector.