Jens Johansson planned to be a developer, but summer jobs and extra work as a tester at IKEA opened his eyes to software quality assurance. Today he works with test automation – a role that requires competence in both development and test.
He has a master’s degree in computer engineering and began his career as a manual tester at System Verification. He was still interested in programming, so before long he discovered the specialist field of test automation. He quickly found a mentor in one of the company’s most experienced test automation engineers and learned to develop frameworks for writing test cases. This soon proved to be perfect for Jens.
Test automation in a large, complex system
His most interesting assignment so far has been a project spanning several years: test automation in a large, complex warehouse management system. The framework was built from scratch and comprised numerous test cases.
“Many people aren’t familiar with the field as such, but it holds almost unlimited career opportunities. New technologies and platforms require continual competence development and you can work in any industry.”
What do I need to work as a test automation engineer?
“Being a test automation engineer requires knowledge of programming, but also a methodical, structured approach to the work. It also requires meticulous attention to detail.”
“It’s an exciting challenge – not only to develop a system, but to take responsibility for the results and make sure that they meet the client’s needs.”