Software Testing Engineers are often called 'QA engineers' because they provide quality assurance for computer
applications or system software. Test engineers use preexisting testing tools or design new tools to ensure that
programs work before they are used by internal or external clients. Test engineers are generally involved in all stages
of the development of a program.
During the design phase of a project, they may bring knowledge gained by testing previous programs to help new
releases be compatible with older versions. This allows for a smooth transition from the program's testing to use
phases. During the development phase, they may test parts of programs, seeking to provide solutions for any problems
raised as the project is coded.
Software Testing Engineers check programs for their functionality. A Testing Engineer's job includes designing, building
and implementing effective testing strategies. Testing engineers utilize three types of testing strategies which are
known as black box, white box and gray box testing.
The responsibilities of Software Testing Engineers includes to analyzing the requirements from the client, participating
in preparing Test Plans, preparing test scenarios, preparing test cases for module, integration and system testing. They
also preparing test data’s for the test cases and preparing test environment to execute the test cases. Analyzing the
test cases prepared by other team members, executing the test cases and defect tracking. They also provide giving
mandatory information of a defect to developers in order to fix it, preparing summary reports. It also involves
preparing suggestion documents to improve the quality of the application and communication with the Test Lead /
Test Manager then, conducting review meetings within the team.
Software Testing Engineers usually work in the comfortable surroundings of an office or lab, with some nights and
weekends depending on deadline requirements, or group meeting times. Employers may include computer systems
design companies, computer and electronics manufacturers, or software publishers. Software quality assurance
engineers can spend very long periods sitting in front of a computer typing or looking at programming code. Most
testing engineers read technical journals and attend conferences or web-based seminars.
Entry Level Education
Bachelor’s / Master’s Degree in Computer or Electrical Engineering, Computer Software Engineering or Computer