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€25k - €70k
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In Brief...

Designs, installs, and evaluates quality assurance systems, procedures, and measuring techniques

Knowledge

  • Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
  • English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Skills

  • Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • 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.
  • Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

In Summary - Quality Engineer

Career Sectors

Quality Engineers typically work in the following Career Sectors:

Medical Devices
Biomedical Technologies & Medtech
Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Engineering & Manufacturing

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Further Information

The Work - Quality Engineer

Engineers in this field work to ensure a product or service provides the highest level of quality to meet customer expectations.

The Quality Engineer will be responsible for:

  • Putting systems in place to measure an organisation's performance
  • Reporting on findings
  • Liaising with managers and staff
  • Coordinating procedures to address any deficiencies.

Quality or quality assurance engineers ensure that the different products leaving manufacturing and development agencies, companies or organisations are fully operational, effective and free from defects.

The main duties of a QA engineer are - verifying the quality and performance of products, in addition to troubleshooting the rectification of any existing errors or defects.

The quality control engineer is responsible for analysing the product under various working conditions and confirming that it delivers its promise. Depending on the nature of the product being tested, quality engineers may work in different settings. Being specialists, they use a product not just the way it is recommended but also in ways not intended helping them understand the common problems that users may encounter while using a product.

A quality engineer has a technical/engineering background which enbles them to handle day-to-day issues with product quality. The role is mainly associated with manufacturing plants where they design, install, and evaluate quality process-sampling systems, procedures, and statistical techniques, but QA Engineers work in a diverse range of industries including software or web development.

The work of a QA Engineer involves designing or specifying inspection and testing mechanisms and equipment; analysing production and service limitations and standards and recommending revision of specifications when indicated. In addition they formulate or help formulate quality policies and procedures as well as conducting training on quality concepts and tools; they interface with all other engineering components within the company and with customers and suppliers on quality related issues.

Typical work activities include:

  • Developing and implementing quality management systems in manufacturing industries
  • Analysing, identifying and implementing manufacturing and/or business process improvements which will improve capability and performance
  • Creating and maintaining company documentation, such as quality manuals, and quality procedures
  • Troubleshooting problems or flaws in products/items provided for testing
  • Maintaining and controlling calibration records for all test and inspection equipment
  • Applying good manufacturing practice and observing that it is being adhered to
  • Performing tests and measurements using existing measurement equipment
  • Contributing to necessary improvements and changes to all process related issues in the production department

Most commonly reported Work Tasks

  • Collect and analyze production samples to evaluate quality.
  • Analyze quality control test results and provide feedback and interpretation to production management or staff.
  • Stop production if serious product defects are present.
  • Monitor performance of quality control systems to ensure effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Communicate quality control information to all relevant organizational departments, outside vendors, or contractors.
  • Instruct staff in quality control and analytical procedures.
  • Produce reports regarding nonconformance of products or processes, daily production quality, root cause analyses, or quality trends.
  • Participate in the development of product specifications.
  • Review statistical studies, technological advances, or regulatory standards and trends to stay abreast of issues in the field of quality control.
  • Identify critical points in the manufacturing process and specify sampling procedures to be used at these points.

Most commonly reported Work Activities

  • 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.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • 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.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
  • Documenting/Recording Information Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

Interests - Quality Engineer

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:

Investigative

The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.

Realist

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

Administrative

Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.

Entry Requirements - Quality Engineer

Pay & Salary - Quality Engineer

Salary Range (thousands per year)* €25k - €70k

QAQC Engineer - Construction 30-65

Data Source(s):
Sigmar / Brightwater / CPL / Hudson / Abrivia / Lincoln

Last Updated: July, 2017

* 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.

Labour Market Updates - Quality Engineer

This occupation has been identified as a Job in Demand by the most recent National Skills Bulletin.

Employers are frequently citing these occupations as difficult to fill although the demand is likely to be small in number given the size of the employment stock. Demand is mostly for roles requiring sector- specific experience (e.g. medium-high, high-tech and food/beverage manufacturing.

National Skills Bulletin 2018

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