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Qa Automation Engineer Resume

Centennial, CO

SUMMARY:

I am a dynamic, leading - edge, accomplished Senior QA Automation Engineer with advanced technical knowledge in test automation with 18 years of experience. I have taken companies with only manual testing in place and have developed automated testing systems and processes. Having a deep understanding of automation techniques and methods, I can customize my approach to your needs and build environments. In addition, I have created and maintained thousands of automated functional, acceptance and regression tests. I have a genuine passion for automated testing.

EXPERTISE AREA:

  • Passion for quality
  • Integrity
  • Creative
  • Positive attitude
  • Skilled communicator
  • Detail oriented
  • Organized
  • Highly productive
  • Dedicated team player
  • Dependable
  • Tenacity
  • Efficient

TECHNICAL SKILLS:

  • Taking companies from manual to automated testing
  • Created and maintained thousands of automated functional and regression tests
  • Testing process management with high quality defect characterization and failure mode analysis
  • Cloud computing
  • Web services; website automated test creation
  • Cloud-based data server testing, REST API function testing with SoapUI/SoapUI Pro, etc.
  • Programming languages Python, Perl, Ruby, Scripting and C++
  • Working knowledge of 14 communication protocols
  • UNIX installations and configurations
  • Digital Still Camera Firmware testing management
  • Mastery in digital still camera firmware testing
  • Automated Digital Still Camera and Video Slot machine firmware testing
  • Programmed EPROM's
  • Digital Still Camera Digita OS scripting language programming
  • UNIX-based automated test generation and test execution
  • Applied Total Quality Management at HP to create a cross-functional flowchart mapping the entire firmware testing process throughout the SDLC
  • CDROM/CD-RW/DVD drive SCSI-I and SCSI-II firmware command set testing
  • IC-900/920 J1939 Canalyzer Bus, RS-232 ServLink and Service Tool testing
  • Created automated testing systems and prototypes
  • PC/MAC configuration, upgrades and troubleshooting
  • Mastery in printer repair
  • Soldering (through-hole, surface mount and fine pitch)
  • Component level analog and digital troubleshooting
  • Assembly and alignment of literally thousands of precision mechanics, electronics and optics
  • Working knowledge of Oscilloscopes, Digital Multi-meters, Data Acquisition Switches and Arbitrary Waveform Generators
  • Signal and defect characterization using TCP/IP, Serial, Parallel, USB and GPIB Communication Protocol Analyzers
  • Testing and troubleshooting state-of-the-art ignition systems and energy control solutions for aircraft engines
  • Windows 7/8/8.1/10
  • Apple’s iOS
  • Android
  • Windows Mobile
  • UNIX and HP-UX
  • Linux Fedora Core, Red Hat, Debian, Ubuntu and Cent OS
  • Desktop publishing
  • Multimedia authoring
  • Working knowledge of MS-Office Suite
  • Created knowledge bases
  • Many wiki online documents
  • Comprehensive test plans and test cases
  • Web page and graphics design
  • Professional photography
  • Audio and video recording and processing
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Open Source testing tools
  • Exploratory testing guru

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Confidential, Centennial, CO

QA Automation Engineer

Responsibilities:

  • I spearheaded the test automation efforts at Confidential . I pioneered, designed and developed a complex, reliable, scalable and maintainable test automation framework using open source tools that went into production, which had not been done before at Confidential . I was specifically hired to create automated testing for them.
  • As an accomplished QA Automation Engineer, I am creative, technically advanced and a stellar communicator to help design, test and deliver high quality software. I created and maintained hundreds of website automated tests for their data management platform for precision agriculture, a cornerstone of sustainable agriculture.
  • I am a team player and always manage to foster positive discussions and bring out the best in others.
  • Enforced and expedited quality process by proposing and creating automated testing processes.
  • Configured test environments as necessary to support test efforts.
  • Created automated tests that tested integration with external systems, precision agriculture tools and software applications.
  • Wrote complex test plans and documented my results with interactive website reports and graphs.
  • Having a deep understanding of automation techniques and methods, I can customize my approach to your needs and build environments.

Confidential, Littleton, CO

Automation Engineer

Responsibilities:

  • As an accomplished Test Automation Engineer, I created state-of-the-art automated regression tests for Confidential and worked directly with support and product groups to ensure requirements were being implemented and tested properly for the multi-platform Transform application. Confidential is a world leader in the development of software used in the oil and gas exploration industry.
  • Provided world-class quality automated testing and results tracking with a keen focus on a timely, accurate turnaround in test suite creation and high quality defect characterization, while providing enhancements in test development efficiency, build process improvements and testing strategies.
  • As chief automation architect, I pioneered, designed and developed a complex, reliable, scalable and maintainable test automation framework using open source tools that went into production. Only manual testing was used before I was hired to create automated testing for Confidential .
  • In-depth knowledge and experience in test automation, creative test development, pragmatic programming/problem solving and I am an exploratory testing thought leader in automation technology.
  • Performed communication protocol analysis to resolve complex issues with cloud-based data servers.
  • Led projects to set up automation infrastructure and cloud server monitoring using custom automation performance tests.

Confidential, Denver, CO

Quality Assurance & Test Development Engineer

Responsibilities:

  • Worked effectively in an Agile development environment using the Confidential visual process management for instant project visibility, real-time collaboration and insightful analytics to specifically target adding business value based upon user stories and business stakeholder requirements.
  • Directed Agile stand up meetings using LeanKit and JIRA and performed demonstrations of new product functionality.
  • Learned Acceptance Test-Driven Development (ATDD) and Behavior-Driven Development (BDD) and created Ruby-based step definitions and Cucumber feature files using Given/When/Then scenarios for automated testing of the software build.
  • Changed the build process to reduce memory and resource leaks in the code base by adding static code analysis saving the company countless hours of testing.
  • Performed gray-box testing by learning and using the Oracle SQL Developer IDE to verify accurate data entry into the correct tables in the databases by using SQL Worksheet queries to update the tables and then confirm the results.
  • Created Apache JMeter load/performance tests writing complex SQL statements, including the appropriate API functions and analyzed the results to determine the root cause of server failures.
  • Created and executed SoapUIPro tests to verify the web client REST API functionality.
  • Reorganized all the existing regression tests for better summarizing and reporting of testing progress.
  • Helped to train other QA Engineers on how to create better Cucumber feature files and JMeter tests.
  • Performed integration testing using communication protocol analysis of the client-server interface to help correct systemic issues.
  • Utilized virtual test environments for operating system compatibility testing.

Confidential, Fort Collins, CO

Quality Assurance & Test Development Engineer

Responsibilities:

  • Provided highly specialized and advanced technical leadership and strategic direction to the company’s Quality Assurance engineering efforts by creating test strategies and architecture which enabled continuous improvement in software development, test reporting, test automation and test execution for their mobile integration suite enterprise data systems and Confidential HTML5 web client.
  • Carefully engineered test designs to maintain exceptional testing efficiency, coverage and test failure rates by using highly effective exploratory testing methods, multivariate analysis, regression analysis, pattern recognition, sequencing, data mining, knowledge engineering, anti-logic and scientific methods, statistical data modeling, hierarchical clustering and data matrices based on failure mode analysis and combinatorial test design methods to build structured variation into coverage models.
  • Researched and developed, created and performed thousands of manual and automated black box, gray box and white box tests to provide the finest software quality for all the Confidential solutions including Inventory Management, Work Order Tracking, Equipment/Asset Monitoring, Inspection/Operator Rounds and Contractor Labor Reporting.
  • Automated test cases using Perl scripting and Robot Framework. Researched, evaluated and selected Open Source tools for testing and automation. Implemented and integrated many static code analysis tools into the test bed.
  • Test development and technical support for a wide range of mobile devices on the Confidential Core Platform (a tool that integrates enterprise data systems and mobile handhelds), including many handheld computers, iPhones, rugged tablets, consumer grade tablets, scanners, printers, and additional peripherals and their varied operating systems including Apple iOS, Android, MS-Windows 7/8 and Windows Mobile.
  • Researched and performed in-depth cyber security testing based on National Cyber Alerts and NIST guidelines. Audited and assessed the target systems to determine their compliance and common vulnerabilities and exposures by u tilizing the Security Content Automation Protocol Validation Program, the Open Vulnerability and Assessment Language (OVAL) repository and Confidential / Confidential scanners.
  • Developed a multi-platform data-driven automated testing system for my test server, virtual machines, mobile device emulators and simulators. Demonstrated knowledge of configuring complex client-server environments using mixed platforms (web servers, SQL servers, Linux, and Windows).
  • Received Confidential ’s Advanced Configuration Training to provide Administration-level technical support to our clients in military, aerospace, government, oil and gas, manufacturing, warehouse, municipalities, utilities and facilities using IBM Maximo and Oracle 11g, Microsoft SQL Server and MySQL relational databases.
  • Encouraged a global perspective and mindset at Confidential and machine localized the software in 35 languages. Also provided many code enhancements and ideas for product improvements.
  • Created and maintained the Confidential FAQs, knowledge bases, release notes and download pages.
  • Technical writing of wiki documents for many online guides, manuals and charts.
  • Pro-actively analyzed software development, test and release processes, practices and results to drive improvements to help ensure first-class quality outcomes by providing actionable feedback to the development and sales teams.
  • Light Agile Development environment with a user-centric emphasis on customization, requirement integration, sensibility, and a focus on just getting stuff done.

Confidential, Windsor, CO

Quality Assurance/Quality Control Engineer

Responsibilities:

  • Continued to provide the highest quality testing and results tracking with a focus on timely, accurate turnaround on test suite creation and high quality defect characterization, while providing enhancements in test efficiency, process improvements and testing strategies within a two week SDLC.
  • Performed comprehensive software testing in an Open Source Linux-based operating system environment running embedded gaming software.
  • Automated slot machine game testing by using a hardware emulator and C++ emulation scripts on a Windows XP test system.
  • Created custom software builds for 24-hour automated testing and accelerated game win line testing.
  • Managed the Quality Assurance Defect Tracking and Test Engineering MySQL and SQLite databases.
  • Developed and executed test plans, test cases and designed machine state vs. function testing matrices.
  • Provided TCP/IP network troubleshooting on multiple Linux and Windows XP operating systems.
  • Verified final product compliance to gaming industry regulatory standards which varied according to different state requirements.
  • Developed multi-platform data-driven automated testing systems using gaming machine touch screen and front panel emulation on the Fedora Core Linux platforms and on Windows XP.
  • Researched and implemented new testing technologies, methods, software test tools, and automated metrics and testing frameworks.
  • Personal high efficiency defect characterization of approximately 4000 defects in 28 months, including over 400 code enhancements.

Confidential, Fort Collins, CO

High Voltage Ignition Lab Product Development Electrical Technician

Responsibilities:

  • Created prototype state-of-the-art energy control solutions for aircraft engines, industrial engines, turbines, and diesel engines.
  • Created and submitted a new ignition method and engine governor concepts for potential patents.
  • Automated prototype testing using Visual Basic for Applications and National Instrument’s LabView.
  • Performed high volume root cause analysis and statistical characterization of the failure modes of Ignition Control Module (ICM) field return units, potentially saving the company 3.5 to 4 million dollars according to the Director of Engineering.
  • Developed, tested and modified engine ignition prototypes incorporating new engineering changes.
  • Used high-end digital storage oscilloscopes and test equipment to troubleshoot 35KV high power analog and digital surface-mounted electronics.
  • Created an Aircraft Exciter Pulse Transformer Accelerated Life Fixture for prototype ignition coil testing capable of a combined output of 240,000 volts at 400+ Amps.
  • Performed thermal surveys and endurance testing on Electronic Distributor Modules (EDM-HD) in environmental test chambers.
  • Automated thermal characterization testing of 1,386 Zener diodes using Agilent’s Data Acquisition Control Unit (with a matrix switch and a multiplexer) and a Thermotron Environmental Chamber.
  • Provided Research and Design Electronic Technician support to nine engineers and three project managers.
  • Performed dwell time and thermal characterization testing on Heavy Duty Smart Coils (ignition coils) encompassing 2,400 digital oscilloscope data point measurements.

Confidential, Fort Collins, CO

Production Line Test Technician

Responsibilities:

  • Provided production line Electronics Test Technician support for PinnacleTM Plus+ Pulsed-DC Power Supplies and PDX® Series power conversion and control systems used in a variety of applications, including plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD), etching, dielectric sputtering, and plasma polymer processes.
  • Also provided production line test technician support for the Confidential Navigator Digital Match Network Series, representing the cutting-edge of plasma chamber impedance matching technology.
  • Provided early discovery of a critical product flaw in Navigator Digital Match Network units before they left the factory, resulting in thousands of dollars of savings to the company.
  • Automated testing with RF Instrumentation using Z-Scan Sensor Endpoint and wafer metrics.
  • Performed automated tests using LabView software with measurement tools such as Agilent’s Data Acquisition Control Units, Oscilloscopes, Signal Generators, Digital Multimeters, LCR Meters and Network Analyzers.
  • Flashed and tested firmware on Navigator Digital Match Network Controllers.
  • Performed circuit board troubleshooting and repairs including fine-pitch SMT component soldering.
  • Certified in IPC-A-610C and SMT soldering techniques.
  • Utilized SAP database-driven enterprise integration software to record daily activities.

Confidential, Fort Collins, CO

Engineering Verification Test Technician

Responsibilities:

  • Designed and built new automated testing prototype equipment that went into production and co-authored a potential patent on new automated testing hardware/software.
  • Researched new testing methodologies, software test tools and testing metrics, and created new test plans, game performance, and communications protocol test scripts.
  • Performed failure mode analysis on over 1000 defects, adding new tests to the Shuffle Master Test Plan.
  • Regularly performed SAS and SDS communications protocol testing.
  • Helped to design and manage the Quality Assurance Defect Tracking and Test Engineering databases.
  • Documented software build processes, performed software builds and provided final packaging services.

Confidential, Fort Collins, CO

Test Technician

Responsibilities:

  • Managed and maintained 25 Quality Assurance (QA) Lab video and mechanical spinning reel slot gaming machines and provided materials requisitions and inventory control.
  • Performed all QA Lab hardware testing, researched hardware compatibility issues and approved all product changes.
  • Designed new QA Lab, set up all gaming machines, and installed and benchmarked new hardware/software.
  • Engineered and created a front panel button emulator circuit for gaming machine 24/7 automated testing.
  • Technical writing included editing of product manuals, creating Quality Assurance Technical Advisories, and designing a new QA website and newsletter.
  • Increased QA Lab testing productivity by 92 percent within the first two weeks after I was hired.
  • Provided the highest quality testing and results tracking with enhancements to testing strategies.

Confidential, Fort Collins, CO

Pre-load and Recovery Test Technician

Responsibilities:

  • Performed Pre-load and Recovery testing on Confidential ’s 2 100 and 11 00 series PCs.
  • Provided localization testing in internationally supported languages including French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Arabic, Hebrew, Greek, Korean, Thai, Russian, Turkish and Portuguese.

Confidential, Loveland, CO

Engineering Services Test Technician

Responsibilities:

  • Acted as the official test site ‘gatekeeper’ -- pre-qualifying approximately 50 CD-RW/DVD drives for further testing.
  • Provided daily automated test result analysis with an in-depth understanding of all CD-RW/DVD drive firmware SATA commands, ensuring product compliance to the multifaceted firmware command specifications.
  • Created detailed flowcharts of all automated test macros written in the “C” programming language.
  • Established and maintained inventory on all CD-RW/DVD engineering sample drives.
  • Improved automated test environment reporting processes and documentation.
  • Performed failure mode analysis on the entire defect tracking database.

Confidential, Greeley, CO

Digital Still Camera Firmware Test Coordinator

Responsibilities:

  • Managed 13 employees and five testing projects simultaneously.
  • Provided consistent and reliable firmware-testing management for Confidential ’s entire line of digital still cameras.
  • Using principles of Total Quality Management, I created a cross-functional flowchart mapping the entire firmware testing process throughout the software development test cycle.
  • Researched and designed new comprehensive test case suites for 12 digital still cameras based on current technologies, 25 industry standards and product trends.
  • Provided technical support to testing staff on all supported operating systems.
  • Performed technical editing of product manuals.

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