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Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.

Salary Range
€22k - €60k
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In Brief...

Adapts computer software to suit a particular country, culture or society.

Knowledge

  • Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Skills

  • Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Programming Writing computer programs for various purposes.
  • Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

In Summary - Software Localisation Engineer / Tester

Career Sectors

Software Localisation Engineer / Testers typically work in the following Career Sectors:

Gaming
Computers & ICT
Software & Programming
Computers & ICT
Internet of Things
Computers & ICT
Languages
History, Culture & Languages

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The Work - Software Localisation Engineer / Tester

Localisation involves translation of the text into the appropriate language, as well as making other adaptations to take account of social, and cultural differences. The software product must appear seamless, and as if it had been produced in the destination market. The larger international software companies who sell their products throughout the world must localise their programmes.  
 
There are several different areas of work within the Localisation area. Roles include:  
 
Quality Assurance Engineer (Tester)  
A quality Assurance Engineer liaises with the Localisation Engineer to resolve any software problems. The Quality Assurance Engineer develops a testing strategy for each product/business solution and is responsible for testing the software throughout its development. They also identify, categorise and prioritise bugs, and report on these bugs.  
 
Localisation Engineer  
He/she is responsible for debugging and fixing software localisation problems, building software and making changes to strings, resources and dialogs. They also support and liaise with the translation specialists and the in-house quality assurance team, to handle queries, as well as creating the translation toolkit for the software/business solution.  
 
Help Engineer  
The help engineer is responsible for building and testing of the on-line help for localised products. They liaise with in-house quality assurance specialists with regard to bug fixing; they provide support to the translation specialists and create the translation toolkit for the help option.  
 
Localisation Project Manager  
A Localisation Project Manager is responsible for overall project co-ordination of one or more projects involving one or more languages. They set schedules for projects with Localisation Engineers and Language Specialists. They liaise with the Localisation Supervisor, Translation Automation Co-ordinator, Help Engineer and DTP specialists to ensure that internal resources for the project are available. A Localisation Project Manager may also source translation agencies and agree prices. Project Manager's also dispatch the translation toolkit i.e. source files, English product, glossaries, and translation tools, for each project.  
 
Localisation Project Manager

A Localisation Project Manager is responsible for overall project co-ordination of one or more projects involving one or more languages. They set schedules for projects with Localisation Engineers and Language Specialists. They liaise with the Localisation Supervisor, Translation Automation Co-ordinator, Help Engineer and DTP specialists to ensure that internal resources for the project are available. A Localisation Project Manager may also source translation agencies and agree prices. Project Manager's also dispatch the translation toolkit i.e. source files, English product, glossaries, and translation tools, for each project.

Language Co-ordinator

This person is responsible for the improvement of the overall language quality of translations both from agencies and machine translation output. They are responsible for the management of the production of glossaries, liaising with external revisers, and the translation of strings for in-house Help and Localisation Engineers when required.

Translation Automation Specialist

He/she is responsible for assessing translation tools (machine translation, translation memory, terminology stems) on the market and the implementation of these tools when required. The Translation Automation Specialist advises the Localisation Co-ordinator what translation tools are to be used in a project, and liaises with the Language Specialists with regard to the maintenance of translation tools.

Desktop Publishing Specialist

He/she is responsible for handling the collection of documentation files from Technical Writers. Pre-Desk Top Publishing and Style Sheet management for documentation prior to translation is also the responsibility of the DTP Specialist. They also give final approval on printed material, and provide cost management on the output of the film required for printing.

Most commonly reported Work Tasks

  • Design test plans, scenarios, scripts, or procedures.
  • Test system modifications to prepare for implementation.
  • Develop testing programs that address areas such as database impacts, software scenarios, regression testing, negative testing, error or bug retests, or usability.
  • Document software defects, using a bug tracking system, and report defects to software developers.
  • Identify, analyze, and document problems with program function, output, online screen, or content.
  • Monitor bug resolution efforts and track successes.
  • Create or maintain databases of known test defects.
  • Plan test schedules or strategies in accordance with project scope or delivery dates.
  • Participate in product design reviews to provide input on functional requirements, product designs, schedules, or potential problems.
  • Review software documentation to ensure technical accuracy, compliance, or completeness, or to mitigate risks.

Most commonly reported Work Activities

  • Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Processing Information Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
  • Documenting/Recording Information Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Analyzing Data or Information Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

Interests - Software Localisation Engineer / Tester

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:

Linguistic

The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.

Investigative

The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.

Administrative

Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.

Qualities

The ideal candidate needs to have a combination of qualifications, such as a languages degree with computer science or business or, alternatively, technical experience or a postgraduate conversion course in the IT area, or technical writing and a translation qualification.

Knowledge of software localisation tools is useful, although training in localisation tools is often provided. Other skills sought include excellent written and verbal communication skills, well-developed organisational skills and the ability to work under pressure to strict deadlines. The ability to work effectively as part of a team, a willingness to learn, problem-solving skills and initiative are also important.

Entry Requirements - Software Localisation Engineer / Tester

Pay & Salary - Software Localisation Engineer / Tester

Salary Range (thousands per year)* €22k - €60k

Localisation Engineer: 22 - 60

Data Source(s):
CPL / Abrivia

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.

Labour Market Updates - Software Localisation Engineer / Tester

As with programmers, the labour market indicators examined point to an occupation in high demand with strong employment growth and evidence that employers are having difficulties filling vacancies.

National Skills Bulletin 2018

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