Education
Fact-checked

At PracticalAdultInsights, we're committed to delivering accurate, trustworthy information. Our expert-authored content is rigorously fact-checked and sourced from credible authorities. Discover how we uphold the highest standards in providing you with reliable knowledge.

Learn more...

What Does a Quality Engineer Do?

A Quality Engineer ensures products meet quality standards. They design systems for quality control, conduct audits, and identify defects. Their role is crucial in maintaining customer satisfaction and business reputation. But how do they identify and rectify these defects? Let's delve deeper into their daily tasks.
Jillian O Keeffe
Jillian O Keeffe

The role of a quality engineer can vary from industry to industry and even within companies. With a qualification in engineering, a quality engineer typically spends his or her day ensuring that the processes that the company performs are working properly and to the required specification. Often, an engineer in this type of role also actively attempts to improve processes and trains operators in the necessary procedures.

Quality engineers can find jobs in many areas of engineering. Typically, the engineer oversees a manufacturing system that creates a product such as pharmaceuticals, technological products or even clothing. He or she is paid by the company to ensure the manufacturing process, and other support processes, run smoothly.

Quality engineers often spend much of their time inspecting and testing the engineering integrity of the manufacturing process.
Quality engineers often spend much of their time inspecting and testing the engineering integrity of the manufacturing process.

Often, a person in a quality engineering job spends much of the day inspecting and testing the engineering integrity of the manufacturing process. Where a fault occurs, or a potential danger to the efficiency of the process is present, then the engineer can step in and organize a strategy to fix and improve the situation. Areas where the process can be improved is also of interest to most quality engineers, and they can spend part of the day identifying such segments of the company, and forming strategies to improve them.

Quality engineers typically work onsite, often in a factory or manufacturing plant.
Quality engineers typically work onsite, often in a factory or manufacturing plant.

Typically, manufacturing processes need to comply with industry standards. The engineer, therefore, must be familiar with the standards and be able to work within the limits of certain legal requirements. When a product does not conform to the requirements, he or she must first be able to identify the aberration and then find the cause. Some quality engineer roles are not in the field of production, but rather in the research stage of a particular product, where working out a usable and efficient process is the first step to commercial production.

Quality engineers are often employed at manufacturing facilities.
Quality engineers are often employed at manufacturing facilities.

In addition to solid engineering knowledge and having the ability to apply that knowledge to processes, the job of a quality engineer may also have other, less technical, aspects. Often, the role involves dealing with suppliers and customers. Interpersonal skills may also be required if the engineer has to present reports to supervisors or act as part of a team. Teamwork can be especially useful when interdepartmental cooperation is necessary to make a change in production.

A quality engineer will regularly tour facilities and observe operations.
A quality engineer will regularly tour facilities and observe operations.

At the minimum, a quality engineer needs an associate's degree, which typically takes two years to complete. Many roles require a bachelor's degree, and some may necessitate further training, such as a master's degree. Experience of the industry in a previous role related to quality control is sometimes also beneficial to people seeking quality engineer roles.

You might also Like

Discussion Comments

Talentryto

You also have a broader range of duties and projects with a higher degree in quality engineering, Heavanet. A good starting point would be to start in an entry level position in this field once you get an associate's degree, but also continue pursing a higher education while getting hands on experience and a paycheck.

Heavanet

Though there are jobs available in the field of quality engineering with an associate's degree, I recommend furthering your education. My cousin got her associate's degree, but went on to get a bachelor's degree. Her salary increased significantly.

Post your comments
Login:
Forgot password?
Register:
    • Quality engineers often spend much of their time inspecting and testing the engineering integrity of the manufacturing process.
      By: uwimages
      Quality engineers often spend much of their time inspecting and testing the engineering integrity of the manufacturing process.
    • Quality engineers typically work onsite, often in a factory or manufacturing plant.
      By: WavebreakMediaMicro
      Quality engineers typically work onsite, often in a factory or manufacturing plant.
    • Quality engineers are often employed at manufacturing facilities.
      By: Lisa F. Young
      Quality engineers are often employed at manufacturing facilities.
    • A quality engineer will regularly tour facilities and observe operations.
      By: uwimages
      A quality engineer will regularly tour facilities and observe operations.
    • A quality engineer may be tasked with testing products and processes in a manufacturing facility.
      By: Kadmy
      A quality engineer may be tasked with testing products and processes in a manufacturing facility.