What is the role of a test engineer?

The role of the professional test engineer determines how to create a process that would test a particular product in manufacturing, quality assurance or related areas, in order to assure that the product meets applicable specifications. They are essential in the IT industry to ensure that an automated product is working according to plan. In short, they are responsible for ensuring that new products and design or production changes to existing products meet design objectives.

Engineers operate in a range of different environments, from testing plant and machinery to the testing of new electronic devices or software applications. Typical duties might include maintaining a safe working environment, designing prototypes, reviewing test solutions with partnering test engineers, analysing infrastructure requirements, managing, training and supporting operators, debugging and isolating problems and writing test procedures and plans. Other opportunities for test engineers are specialised fields within test engineering, usually on very large or highly specialised jobs, for example, software applications testing, quality test engineers, technical test engineers, communications test engineers, and production test engineers.

Test engineers need to be flexible, thorough, self-motivated and have good communication, IT and problem-solving skills.

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APPH has been designing and manufacturing aircraft hydraulic systems for many years.

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Applus+ IDIADA offers design, testing, engineering, and homologation services to fit the needs of the automotive industry worldwide

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Assystem UK

Assystem is a leading international group in the field of Engineering and Innovation Consultancy.

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Brose is a partner to the international automotive industry and delivers systems to some 80 brands and over 30 suppliers.

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At Dyson we are encouraged to think differently, challenge convention and be unafraid to make mistakes.

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Jaguar Land Rover - Powertrain Test Operations

An ever-evolving heritage. A truly exciting future. Two of the world’s most iconic brands, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is revered across the globe.

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As one of the truly great engineering and manufacturing businesses and the world's third largest construction equipment brand, JCB is a global company.

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Marshall Aerospace

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group is one of the largest privately owned and independent aerospace and defence companies that delivers innovation and excellence in engineering and support solutions in the air, on land and at sea.

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Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V

Mitsubishi Electric Europe produces and distributes a wide range of advanced electrical and electronic equipment in domestic and commercial markets.

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Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK)

Nissan's Sunderland Plant is re-writing the rule book on UK car manufacturing.

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Ocado is the world's largest dedicated online grocery retailer with over 500,000 active customers shopping with us today

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Rolls-Royce is a global business providing power systems for use on land, at sea and in the air.

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Spirax Sarco

Spirax-Sarco Engineering is a world leader in the control and the efficient use of steam and other industrial fluids.

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Thales is a global electronics company serving Aerospace, Defence, Security and Services markets worldwide, with 60,000 people working in 50 countries across the globe.

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