What exactly do quality assurance engineers do?

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    What exactly do quality assurance engineers do?

    I know they're software testers. But what is the full extent of their jobs?

    Just curious...

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    well it seems the buzz word now a days is engineer...

    look for the iron ring if it is not there they are not engineers

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    >What exactly do quality assurance engineers do?

    They place a thin veneer of 'quality' on appalling software. Cynical, but true.

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    Quality assurance engineer? Oh my god...
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    Their job is to find the obvious crashes and turn them into not-so-obvious crashes.
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    I'm a Quality Assurance Technician for Nestle Beverage Company.

    Basically what we do is test production samples before the entire
    batch is released for public consumption. There are many technical specifications involved with the manufacturing process, including color, texture, taste, aroma, fat content, carbon content,
    caffein, etc, etc, etc, and these standards must be maintained on a consistent basis for reasons that should be apparent to you.
    Quality assurance is merely the department responsible for
    keeping the product manufactured within its various standard operating procedures.

    You call them engineers. Here they're called technicians, but I'm
    sure we both do the same thing with regard to the product we
    help manufacture.
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    perhaps the QA tech. executes the tests while the QA engineer designs them?

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    Possibly, but I seriously doubt it. At Nestle the person responsible
    for creating the sop's is the department head, a bigwig who is
    in charge of both the technicians and our supervisors. There's
    only one person writing these methods, and imo, it makes a lot
    of sense to have it that way instead of doing it by committee. The position Terrance is talking about appears to be entry level, not
    supervisory. Correct me if I'm wrong.
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    At our company we don't have QA engineers or QA technicians, we call them QA consultants.

    The QA people at our company develop and maintain software processes. Such processes are described in procedures which tell how a software process should be executed. For example processes like configuration management, development are described in procedures. They also check if engineers and managers are doing their work according to the procedures, this is, according to the QA people, to ensure quality in a project. Also the evaluate projects, create QA tools etc. In short, they are busy with the software process quality.

    Test development and testing, which can be split up in software verification and software validation, is done by our software test engineers. At larger projects we usually have a software test team working together with the development team. So tests can be developed and executed as early as possible and the developers can mainly concentrate on development. The software test engineers are busy with the software product quality.

    That is how things are implemented at our company, could be different at other companies.

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    too bad america does not regulate the use of the word engineer like they do in canada...

    up here we dont have any of this nonsense where everyone claims to be an engineer...

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    Originally posted by ZerOrDie
    too bad america does not regulate the use of the word engineer like they do in canada...

    up here we dont have any of this nonsense where everyone claims to be an engineer...
    In america you won't get a job doing anything important in less you can prove you are great at what you do.

    Why is this not as good as taking an exam?

    And why would we regulate the use of the word engineer? To quote an english dicitonary an enginneer is "a person who uses scientific knowledge to solve practical problems". If you have to be licenced by the government to do this then the world would be a much worse place then it is today.

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    In america you won't get a job doing anything important in less you can prove you are great at what you do.

    Why is this not as good as taking an exam?

    And why would we regulate the use of the word engineer? To quote an english dicitonary an enginneer is "a person who uses scientific knowledge to solve practical problems".
    oh just maybe because an exam is as good as having a 4 year degree in engineering

    well its your choice yay i am a garbage man well i will call myself a sanitation engineer...

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    > If you have to be licenced by the government to do this then
    > the world would be a much worse place then it is today.

    Not necessarily. If you would have to be licensed, this means that engineer is a by government protected title. But that doesn't mean you can't do the work an engineer does, just don't call yourself an engineer.

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