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Engineer - Test / Validation

Job Zone

Most of these occupations require qualifications at NFQ Levels 7 or 8 (Ordinary / Honours Degrees) but some do not.

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A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an engineer must complete four years of college and work for several years in engineering to be considered qualified.

Job Training
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

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€23k > 80 
Validation Engineer
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€23 - 80 
Related Information:
Validation Engineer: 23 - 65
Validation Manager: 50 - 80

Data Source(s):
Morgan McKinley / Brightwater / Sigmar

Last Updated: April, 2015

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Shortage Indicator

The National Skills Bulletin 2016 reports shortages in the areas of:

testing and troubleshooting: software testers; automation test developers; automated performance testers

Occupational Category

ICT Professionals N.E.C.

Also included in this category:

IT consultants; software testers; systems testers (computing); telecommunications planners

Number Employed:


Part time workers: 8%
Aged over 55: 4%
Male / Female: 83 / 18%
Non-Nationals: 31%
With Third Level: 90%
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At a Glance... header image

Completes or oversees all the calibration and testing of the various instruments and pieces of equipment used in the lab for measuring, weighing and processing raw and refined materials

Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation


Analyze validation test data to determine whether systems or processes have met validation criteria or to identify root causes of production problems.


Prepare validation or performance qualification protocols for new or modified manufacturing processes, systems, or equipment for pharmaceutical, electronics, or other types of production.


Coordinate the implementation or scheduling of validation testing with affected departments and personnel.


Study product characteristics or customer requirements and confer with management to determine validation objectives and standards.


Create, populate, or maintain databases for tracking validation activities, test results, or validated systems.


Prepare, maintain, or review validation and compliance documentation, such as engineering change notices, schematics, or protocols.


Resolve testing problems by modifying testing methods or revising test objectives and standards.


Prepare detailed reports or design statements based on results of validation and qualification tests or reviews of procedures and protocols.


Identify deviations from established product or process standards and provide recommendations for resolving deviations.


Direct validation activities, such as protocol creation or testing.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.


Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.


Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.


Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards:  Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.


Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.


Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.


Analyzing Data or Information:  Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.


Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.


Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.


Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.


Engineering and Technology:  Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.


Production and Processing:  Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.


Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.


English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


Computers and Electronics:  Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.


Science:   Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.


Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Operations Analysis:   Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.


Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


Mathematics:   Using mathematics to solve problems.


Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Organisation: Engineers Ireland
  Address: 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge Dublin 4
  Tel: (01) 665 1300
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