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Last Updated December 10, 2018

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What Does a QA Engineer Do?

A QA Engineer is responsible for preventing critical incidents and mitigating support requests. This includes simulating chaotic scenarios to test existing systems, documenting recovery timelines, communicating with all levels of leadership, and compiling reports that support the analysis of incident trends. More organized manners of QA Engineering are referred to as Failure Injection Testing (FIT), which focuses on creating chaos in specific systems within an enterprise.

Key Traits of a QA Engineer

Communicative

QA Engineers serve as the gatekeepers of applications and communicate technical issues through multiple channels to ensure smooth software releases.

Logical

The strongest QA engineers are able to anticipate failures using logic and thereby create tests that prevent production incidents.

Analytical

QA Engineers must be able to systematically develop hypotheses and disprove causality until root cause is determined.

Inquisitive

QA Engineers are natural builders and take extra efforts to understand the inner-workings of technology

Day-to-Day Expectations and Responsibilities

Develop, improve, and maintain automated tests in collaboration with Full-Stack Engineers and DevOps Engineers

Analyze the impact of new solutions and run appropriate regression testing

Review business and technical requirements for new software and develop quality strategies accordingly

Collaborate with stakeholders to ensure technical infrastructure meets performance and scalability requirements

QA Engineer Target Skill Set

Technical Skill Set:
  • Experience with software testing framework tools including Selenium
  • Experience with programming languages including Java, JavaScript, and Python
  • Experience creating application stress tests
  • Experience with Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform
Non-Technical Skill Set:
  • Analytical mindset
  • Ability to document clearly and research purposefully
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask in order to meet deadlines
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Starter Training Plan for QA Engineers

The following Cloud Academy starter Training Plans prepare professionals to become QA Engineers

  • Amazon Web Services

    QA Engineer
    Starter Training Plan

    21 weeks

  • Microsoft Azure

    QA Engineer
    Starter Training Plan

    8 weeks

  • Google Cloud Platform

    QA Engineer
    Starter Training Plan

    3 weeks

QA Engineering Certifications

The following industry certifications are popular among ambitious QA Engineers:

  • Amazon Web Services

  • Microsoft Azure

AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate

The AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate examination is intended for individuals who perform a solutions architect role. (Source: AWS)

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Microsoft 70-535 Exam: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions

The 70-535 exam replaces the older 70-534 exam, which has been retired. Microsoft revamped the exam to give it a stronger focus on architecture and design elements.

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