QA automation engineers are generally responsible for writing and conducting automated tests in order to verify the end user quality of software or apps along with structural integrity of backend databases. The role of QA automation engineer often includes duties like designing, creating and implementing tests, developing automation strategies, overseeing the execution of automated scripts and training junior members of the automation team. Skill sets that are valuable to a QA automation engineer include programming skills in various languages or the ability to learn new languages quickly, experience with automated test systems, design aptitudes and time management. Strong communication skills are also highly coveted.
Experience with setting up and running virtual environments is not required but could be an asset. Emulating end user situations with virtual machines can cut testing time and costs significantly. QA automation engineers should also have knowledge of backend systems in order to design and run automation tests against. Throughout all of the testing the QU automation engineer should have adequate skills in recording the outcomes of the tests as well as revisions made throughout the process. Good communication within the team as well as with the programming staff and possibly the client is also a desired skill. At times, the automation may be used to train manual testers or used as demos for sales. The test scripts should be updated to reflect industry trends as well as enhancements made to the software or app in order to meet new technology or business demands.
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