Quality Engineer Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications

A Quality Engineer, or QA Engineer, is responsible for determining production standards for a company’s products by establishing quality control systems and setting product requirement rules. Their duties include identifying the specifications for an ideal product, determining an appropriate level of variation and monitoring quality assurance rates.

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Quality Engineer duties and responsibilities

Quality Engineers help create solutions as part of an engineering team. They work to find defects, determine the causes of those defects and provide solutions to defected problems. The Quality Engineer has several other duties and responsibilities, some of which include:

  • Determining quality improvement factors
  • Implementing methods to inspect, test and evaluate the reliability of manufacturing processes, products and production equipment
  • Making sure processes adhere to quality standards 
  • Preparing reports by collecting, analyzing and summarizing data
  • Working in accordance with deadlines for delivery of products or software

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Example 1

*Job Description: *
  • Support and Lead Design Assurance engineering activities in support of Software Product
  • Development and Software Life Cycle processes including design controls, quality planning, risk assessments/analysis/management, design reviews, test method development and validation, design and process verification and validation test plans and reports, post-market monitoring, investigations, follow-up and reporting
  • Insure that Design controls are compliant with IEC [phone number]
  • Familiarity with TIR45 and Agile methodologies.
  • Insure that FDA and other regulatory knowledge and experience is applied to risk and testing assessments
  • Investigation and review of customer complaints, ensuring that root cause investigations are thorough and corrective / preventive actions are robust
  • Work with manufacturing engineering to ensure necessary process controls are in place for design changes.
  • Review and approve Engineering Change Orders (ECO) and support the material review board (MRB) processes as needed
  • Act as an effective team member in the execution of Quality functions in compliance with FDA QSRs
  • (Design Control, CAPA, etc), ISO 13485, MDD, CMDR, Cmdcas and other national and international quality and regulatory requirements and standard
  • Contribute to the design, development and implementation of product assurance plans providing feedback to corrective and preventative actions to engineering, manufacturing, service and field operations and supplier performance
  • Collect, analyze & report on quality system metrics: CAPA, complaint trends, manufacturing trends, etc.
  • Develop statistically sound sampling plans and perform data analysis
  • Assess reliability growth strategies in both systems and software and provide input to the engineering Job Types: Full-time, Contract Schedule: * Monday to Friday Ability to * Carlsbad, CA 92101: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Preferred) Education: * Bachelor's (Preferred) Experience: * SQL: 1 year (Preferred) * Selenium: 1 year (Preferred) * Test automation: 1 year (Preferred) Work Location: One location
  • Example 2

    Function as a Quality Engineer/Final QA Supervisor for a PCB assembly facility. Must be able to write, review, and verify applicable specifications. Support manufacturing, engineering, and quality in identification of root cause defect analysis and correction. Process Audits and analysis. Initiates corrective action request as needed and tracks to satisfactory completion. Supervises the Quality Inspection Group. * Must be familiar with IPC-610 and J STD workmanship standards, certification preferred. * Knowledgeable in continuous improvement techniques and problem solving. * A Strong team player with excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills. * Must have the ability to review and approve AS9102 FAR’s, and supplier data packages. * Shall have strong experience in ESD, FOD management, Corrective and Preventive Action (CAPA), Non-conforming materials and MRB, Material review Board management. * Provide technical support for all inspection processes. * Must be flexible to changing work schedules and be able to see activities through to completion. Job Type: Full-time Pay: $70,000.00 - $82,000.00 per year Benefits: * 401(k) * 401(k) matching * Dental insurance * Employee assistance program * Flexible spending account * Health insurance * Health savings account * Life insurance * Paid time off * Professional development assistance * Retirement plan * Tuition reimbursement * Vision insurance Schedule: * 8 hour shift * Monday to Friday Ability to * Madison, AL 35758: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required) Education: * High school or equivalent (Preferred) Work Location: One location

    Example 3

    Are you analytical? Detail-Oriented? Work well with others? Join our team as a Quality Engineer at Merrill Technologies Group. As a Quality Engineer you are responsible for developing and implementing quality systems/processes related to new programs and projects, designing and implementing operational metrics to support day-to-day product quality systems, resolving quality issues, development of measurement systems to meet customer requirements, and facilitating continuous improvement activities. *Job Functions: * * Follow up of corrective action reports, including customer complaints. * Calibration system maintenance. * Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), including PPAP, FMEA, and Control Plan creation. * Inspection and Test. * Facilitate Continual Improvement efforts (e.g., Six Sigma as a green or black belt). * Reports to Quality Manager and/or Quality Director regarding activities listed above. * Responsible for ensuring ongoing product quality and reporting concerns as they arise. * Accountable for the timely completion of tasks. * * High School Diploma * Bachelor?s Degree in related quality field preferred * Three (3) years of experience in Quality Assurance functions, with adequate experience solving problems, process improvement, and using inspection and test equipment. * Skills include; problem solving, Lean Six Sigma training, project management, inspection & test, metrology and calibration, drawing reading & interpretation (GD&T), statistical methods, good planning, organizational, and communications skills required. Above average computer skills. * Organizational & motivational abilities. * Works well with others. * Ability to multi-task and establish priorities. * Preferences: ASQ Certified Quality Auditor, Technician, or Engineer. Six Sigma Green Belt or above. Job Type: Full-time

    Example 4

    This role can be based in Buffalo, NY; Eden Prairie, MN; Ottawa, ON; Remote North America *ABOUT Imedia Brands: * iMedia Brands, Inc. (Nasdaq: IMBI) is a leading interactive media company that owns a growing portfolio of Entertainment, Consumer Brands and Media Commerce Services that together position the Company as a leading single-source partner to television advertisers and consumer brands seeking to entertain and transact with customers using interactive video. * Overview* The Quality Engineer will be part of IMDS Quality Engineering team responsible for leading our automated and manual quality assurance efforts of our consumer facing web experiences, viewed by millions of people. * KEY Responsibilities* * Design, develop and execute both manual and automated test cases/scripts. * Perform thorough functional, regression, E2E and performance testing. * Execute test plans, generate test reports, debug issues and collect logs where appropriate. * Work with product, engineering, UI/UX and stakeholders on project deliverables and ensure high quality releases to our clients. * Should be able to work on multiple projects and assist other quality engineers on need basis. * Qualifications / Knowledge, Skills & Abilities* * Minimum 2+ Years of experience of software testing and automation experience. * Must have experience with JavaScript and using modern automated front end testing tools/frameworks such as TestCafe or Cypress. * Experience using Test Management Tools such as Zephyr or TestRail. * Experience with mobile application testing. Nice to have – OTT application testing on multiple platforms such as Roku, Smart TV’s, Apple TV, Google TV & Fire TV. * Working understanding of a Linux environment * Familiar with development tools including Git, Jira, Bitbucket, Stash. * Experience working in an Agile development environment/process. * BS in Computer Science (or equivalent degree and work experience) * This role must be filled on a full-time basis only. * Career PATH* iMedia Brands is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to complying with all applicable laws providing equal employment opportunities to individuals regardless of sex/gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, race, color, ethnicity, religion, creed, national origin, or other protected characteristics as defined by state, federal, or local law. The individual in this role must be able to perform the essential job functions with or without a reasonable accommodation. In the event that an applicant or employee wishes to seek a reasonable accommodation, please contact iMedia’s Human Resources department for further direction. This job description is intended to convey the general nature and scope of the position and not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all , duties, and skills required. All employees may be required to perform duties outside of their normal as needed, and iMedia management reserves the right to amend the duties and of this role at any time to meet business needs. Job Type: Full-time

    Example 5

    [website];clientkey=93620C7774176B3C9A304095FFAA6D25 Job Purpose: Support the Business Unit with supplier quality engineering, which results in continuously improved quality of incoming supplied product purchased by UACJ Automotive Whitehall Industries. The Supplier Quality Engineer works with Quality Engineers and Purchasing Buyers as the primary interface to suppliers for submitted APQP documents, supplier quality complaints and supplier corrective actions; supplier quality systems and supplier quality expectations and UACJ Automotive Whitehall Industries customer specific requirements. Qualifications * Education and Experience: B.S./B.E. degree in Engineering and 3-5 years automotive industry experience with focus on Supplier Quality and Quality Engineering. * Knowledge: An understanding of quality process tools as they relate to Extrusion, Coatings and Fabrication of aluminum automotive parts. (i.e. GD&T, APQP, PPAP, PFMEA, SPC, MSA, IATF16949, Auditing, etc.) Good communication and organization skills. Essential Duties and Responsibilities of the Job: 1. Review and Assess Supplier QMS and Process/Product Development 2. Identify Quality issues via On-Site visits and assessment audits. 3. Testing and assessments on product to identify potential or current quality issues. 4. Initiate & maintain Documentation and reports as they relate to Supplier Quality with interface with UACJ Quality and Manufacturing Engineering; 5. Initiate & maintain communication between suppliers and Quality and Purchasing Management with regularly scheduled meetings. 6. Provide technical assistance and guidance to supplier along with designing or specifying inspection and testing mechanisms and equipment; guidance will be in conjunction with plant specific Quality Engineer to ensure customer expectations are understood and met; 7. Analyzing production and service limitations and standards; 8. Recommending revisions of specifications when indicated; 9. Assure that plant wide quality policies and instructions are maintained at Supplier Locations. 10. Assure inspection of product is conducted and data is analyzed 11. Assure supplier Maintains Quality documents i.e. APQP documents, IATF certification and other applicable certification related to the automotive field including extrusions, coatings, fabrications and assembly components. 12. Support New Product Launches and Engineering changes 13. Review and approve supplier PPAP using AIAG standards as well as Customer Specific Requirements. 14. Communicate to the supplier UACJ and its customers quality expectations and corrective/preventive actions 15. Evaluate the effectiveness of supplier corrective/preventive actions 16. Log and follow-up supplier quality complaints 17. Work with Purchasing for all supplier scorecard input. 18. On-site visitations/Travel to supplier 25%-50% Physical Demands: Requires standing or walking a total of 2-4 hours in an 8 hour day, but occasionally be more than 1 hour at any one time; sitting a total of 2-4 hours in an 8 hour day, but no more than 1 hour at any one time; frequently requires lifting less than 10 lbs, but occasionally may lift 50 lbs or less 3-5 times in a week; Intermittently (5-10% of the day) may need to stoop/bend, crouch, kneel, twist, reach and pull or push. *Travel Expectations*: 20%-50% Job Type: Full-time Pay: $55,000.00 - $70,000.00 per year Benefits: * 401(k) * 401(k) matching * Dental insurance * Flexible spending account * Health insurance * Health savings account * Life insurance * Paid time off * Referral program * Retirement plan * Tuition reimbursement * Vision insurance Schedule: * Monday to Friday Supplemental Pay: * Bonus pay Education: * Bachelor's (Preferred) Experience: * Quality audits: 1 year (Preferred) * AS9100: 1 year (Preferred) * FDA regulations: 1 year (Preferred) * Six Sigma Certification (Preferred) Work Location: One location

    What does a Quality Engineer do?

    Quality Engineers are typically employed at companies and organizations that develop physical or digital products. They’re involved with the process of product design and development, creating protocols for production teams to follow  that result in high-quality products. The role of a Quality Engineer is to implement effective quality controls, teach production staff how to use them and supervise outcomes. Quality Engineers design automated testing systems and quality control workflows to improve the efficiency of the quality assurance process. They collect data about instances of product errors and investigate possible solutions by troubleshooting the manufacturing or design process.

    Quality Engineer skills and qualifications

    Quality Engineers should have a variety of practical skills for their position. The main skills and qualifications of a Quality Engineer are as follows:

    • Strong knowledge of relevant software, quality assurance methods, tools and quality manufacturing processes
    • Math skills
    • Communication skills
    • Knowledge of the organization’s product 
    • Attention to detail 
    • Analysis, critical thinking and problem-solving skills
    • Interpersonal skills 
    • Ability to handle stress 

    Quality Engineer salary expectations

    A Quality Engineer makes an average of $76,835 per year. Salary may depend on level of experience, education and geographical location. Common benefits for this role include health insurance, relocation assistance and a 401(k).

    Quality Engineer education and training requirements

    The minimum educational requirement for Quality Engineers is a bachelor’s degree in computer science or engineering, with a master’s degree being beneficial for job growth. Quality Engineers also need certification as a Certified Quality Engineer (CQE), which includes training in quality management systems, leadership and management, customer relations, communication skills and supplier management. 

    Quality Engineer experience requirements

    Quality Engineers need 8 or more years of quality engineering experience before they can have senior-level roles. Having a master’s or bachelor’s degree can substitute for some experience: a bachelor’s degree can act as a substitute for 4 years of experience, and a master’s degree can act as a substitute for 5 years of experience.

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    Frequently asked questions about Quality Engineers


    What are the daily duties of a Quality Engineer?

    On a typical day, Quality Engineers work closely with design and production teams to solve problems. They respond to questions about how to achieve quality goals and implement changes to reduce the instance of human or machine errors. When working on a new project, Quality Engineers meet with clients to discuss their quality expectations, including details about performance and visual appearance. They design documents that clearly outline these specifications and communicate them to the production team. Quality Engineers observe the production process and identify how to automate certain steps to create more consistent quality and improve efficiency.


    What is the difference between a Quality Engineer and a Product Engineer?

    Quality Engineers and Product Engineers often work together to produce new products. Product Engineers are in charge of a product’s general design. They create the theoretical specifications of an ideal product, then communicate with Quality Engineers about how to make sure every single product that leaves a manufacturing plant is similar to that ideal prototype. 

    Product Engineers determine the resources needed to take a product idea and turn it into a reality. The Quality Engineer then takes a Product Engineer’s work and applies it to large-scale mass production. They oversee the flow of products that the Product Engineer designed, managing variables that could impact the final product such as manufacturing conditions, machine behaviors and human error.


    What are the qualities of a good Quality Engineer?

    Good Quality Engineers are highly analytical people who love solving problems. They have high standards for themselves and others and work to be as consistent as possible. They not only establish clear rules for producing perfect products, they follow through with enforcing them and discovering factors that prevent their production team from achieving consistency. 

    Successful Quality Engineers are good at predicting the outcome of changes to a production line, allowing them to problem-solve efficiently. Because Quality Engineers are in charge of documentation for initial quality standards and the actual quality of products during productions, good Quality Engineers are also excellent at written and verbal communication.


    Do Quality Engineers have different responsibilities in different industries?

    Qualiy Engineers do have different responsibilities depending on the industry. While all Quality Engineers uphold product specifications, the processes for achieving this are different based on the product itself. For example, Quality Engineers for software companies will use digital techniques and code testing methods to automate high-quality software products, while Quality Engineers producing a consumer product will use physical measurement and human testing.

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