Career path to become a Mid-Level Automation Engineer

How to become a Mid-Level Automation Engineer

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  • Low: £32,500
  • Average: £49,110


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Job Responsibilities

These engineers have the responsibility of executing system testing on web applications or websites using Java. Working collaboratively with the software development team and business team is necessary for executing test cases-based system requirements. Generally, they have more experience to take advantage of their skills and are called mid-level specialists. Sometimes they even need to pursue leadership in a team and give mentorship to the beginners. As a professional, you will need to properly execute system testing on simple to complex web applications and websites. The individual working in this position must have reliability, integrity, quality, and performance to deliver software products for the end-user.
  • The professional might need to lead and incubate an automation first approach
  • Create high quality, maintainable, and reusable automated testing solutions
  • Perform both manual and exploratory testing against the developed functionality
  • Give technical mentorship and upskilling to scrum team members
  • Challenge the acceptance criteria and test coverage
  • The professional has to contribute to a culture of high quality, customer-focused execution, and personal ownership
  • Execute manual or automated test cases and effectively report the test results
  • Develop the critical documents to maintain functional test cases and other test artefacts
  • Actively participate in the improvement of the quality assurance process, methodologies, and deliverables
  • Maintain the test environment/data that will be used for test automation
  • Effectively analyse script results and report the issues as demanded

Key Skills Required

  • Experience with both manual and automation testing
  • Development and execution of test cases and test scripts
  • Knowledge and experience in Selenium with Java framework
  • Full knowledge of testing, Maven, Data-driven framework is required
  • Proficiency in Integration, Smoke Sanity, Regression, User Acceptance Testing, etc.
  • Some experience with Scrum/Agile environment and methodologies
  • In-depth knowledge of QA metrics and reporting
  • Excellent written and verbal communication are required to work in a team with no communication gap
  • Must have experience with modern source control systems such as GIT, TFS, BitBucket, etc.
  • Experience with testing web service methodologies such as JSON, REST, etc.
  • The professional should have experience with unit testing and mocking
  • Experience with SQL and relational database concepts is also necessary
  • Experience with cloud platforms like AWS is highly appreciated

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Experience Required

This is a mid-level job and requires professional experience of 2 to 5 years with extensive automation testing, and the candidate must have acquired practical and meaningful experience with Java and the Selenium Automation Framework. The major organisations rely on different testing tools such as Selenium, JMeter, TestRail, etc. Thus, being well-versed with each of them can give you added benefits to your career. This position will demand you to have the experience of working collaboratively within the software development teams and business teams to execute proper test cases-based system requirements.

Educational and Professional Qualifications

  • A software architect must possess a Master's degree in computer science.
  • They must know about DevOps to speed up the software development process at every step.
  • Must have training in UML or system design for their role in the development team.
  • Should know multiple computer programming languages and frameworks.

Educational and Professional Qualifications

  • The candidate should have 2-5 years of professional experience in test automation. Relevant training could also help in compensating the experience bar.
  • Candidates with a bachelor’s degree in computer science or relevant fields are given more preference than others.
  • Formal training from an institution is given preference in hiring.
  • Experience with Microsoft Team Foundation Server or Azure DevOps
  • Complete expertise in Microsoft Office 365 and other office suits
Expected Salary

Expected Salary

A mid-level automation engineer in the UK can expect an average salary of £23,750 to £35,000. However, your educational qualifications, technical qualifications, and experience would determine the actual pay and perks that you might receive as a mid-level automation engineer in the UK. Many software companies in the UK are willing to offer a high pay scale but require professionals to stay updated with the latest testing tools and technologies. They even offer flexible working hours to boost productivity and creativity in the workplace.

Career Progression

You really need to be passionate about testing to reach this position in the first place. However, after acquiring the demanded experience, you have to continuously learn new testing tools, methodologies, and best practices to make the testing process more efficient. The years of real-world experience in developing and executing test cases can help you grow for the next stage of your career. You might need to consider a certificate course to refresh your knowledge and learn advanced concepts.
Career Progression

How Can LSET Training Help You with This Job?

You might be a beginner in automation testing and still require a lot of exposure and experience with testing tools and methodologies. A certification course could help you gain better exposure to both manual and automated testing. The LSET Software Automation Testing certificate course could be the best way to improve your existing skills and gain expertise with the fundamental principles and processes of software testing. Our practical project-based curriculum helps you learn Selenium Automation Tool, Cucumber, JUnit, and TestNG. As a professional, you can also take our complimentary workshops for Git Management, Agile Project Management, Team Building, Personality, and Interview Preparation.