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Test Lead - Software

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Education
Most of these occupations require qualifications at NFQ Levels 7 or 8 (Ordinary / Honours Degrees) but some do not.

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A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an engineer must complete four years of college and work for several years in engineering to be considered qualified.

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€38k > 70 
Software Test Lead
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€38 - 70 
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Shortage Indicator

The National Skills Bulletin 2016 reports shortages in the areas of:

testing and troubleshooting: software testers; automation test developers; automated performance testers.

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Occupational Category

ICT Professionals N.E.C.

Also included in this category:

IT consultants; software testers; systems testers (computing); telecommunications planners

Number Employed:

8,000

Part time workers: 8%
Aged over 55: 4%
Male / Female: 83 / 18%
Non-Nationals: 31%
With Third Level: 90%
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At a Glance... header image

Involved in the planning, monitoring and control of the testing activities and tasks of a team, in the life cycle of a software development project.


The Work header image

The Test lead is responsible for managing the individual members of the testing team.

Test leads must estimate and obtain management support for the time, resources and budget required to perform the testing of software. Test leads must create testing metrics and reports.

The test lead must review test deliverables, defects and test results, identify risks and put measures in place to prevent glitches in the software.

Test leads must work with technical writers and business analysts to execute assembly and performance tests for software products.

Test Engineers perform similar duties, however, they would come from an engineering background with the ability to read engineering schematics and blueprints.

Tasks and Activities:

  • Guide and monitor the analysis, design, implementation and execution of the test cases, test procedures and test suites
  • Reviewing test cases, test case preparation, estimation, planning, reporting
  • Taking control of product quality assurance
  • They schedule the tests for execution and then they monitor, measure, control and report on the test progress, the product quality status and the test results, adapting the test plan and compensating as needed to adjust to evolving conditions
  • Planning, development and execution of manual, automated test suits for web application
  • Inspecting and testing materials, products, installations, or work for conformance to specifications
  • Writing test or inspection reports describing results, recommendations, or repairs needed.

Knowledge

Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming

Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture of products.

Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. Computer Programming – Knowledge of a broad range of computer programmes and systems

English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language with a high level of written competency necessary.

Skills

Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products to evaluate quality or performance.

Leadership – effectively leading a testing team and fulfilling the leadership role of a manager.

Effective communication skills – required to manage the testing team effectively. You will be required to write detailed technical reports.

Strong verbal communication skills - in order to report your test findings with other engineering departments during meetings.

Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

 


Personal Qualitiesheader image

  • Strong leadership qualities in order to manage the testing team
  • Good organisational skills to plan and co-ordinate resources
  • Excellent attention to detail in order to decipher glitches
  • An ability to combine technical ability with creativity in order to solve problems


Entry Routesheader image

Test Engineers will generally have a level 8 degree in software engineering with relevant courses available in most universities and IoTs.

Test engineers may also come from a background in Computer Science, or related areas. There are several conversion courses available for non- IT graduates.

To be a test lead, employers will expect excellent technical knowledge of as many programming languages and platforms as possible and to have a good understanding of the software testing lifecycle. Courses are provided by a range of colleges of further education to gain a platform of understanding in software programming.

 

Last Updated: October, 2014


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