But where does testing belong? I've seen three different choices in the 1/2 dozen or so companies I've been:
- A completely separate group. Each member of the group supports one or more projects.
- Part of the engineering department.
- Part of the manufacturing department.
Of course, if you already have three or more test engineers then you may want to group them together. Get those guys together and they share ideas and solutions, just like any other engineering team.
If the company's products are mature, then test is probably part of production. Your job is to get product tested and out the door, and you may be called on to debug test stations, process flow, or maybe the product itself.
If test is part of the engineering team, then the test systems may evolve almost as fast as the product itself. When the design engineers add a new feature, or marketing has new specs or a new customer, test engineering has plenty of work to do.
At least, those are my thoughts on the subject.