Quality assurance (QA)/quality control (QC) engineers are responsible for ensuring the quality of products and services produced by their company. They oversee the manufacturing of products and they are involved in every stage of making a product–from development and manufacturing to packaging.
QA/QC engineers must make sure that their product complies with industry standards set by state and federal law as well as the standards of the company for whom they work. Another responsibility they have is to make sure that the processes and machinery or materials used to make their products are also safe for the employees. When there is any kind of quality issue, they must take the steps to fix the problem, even if this means halting production. They try to work out any issues that may arise while in development, but they must still be able to handle any issues that happen during production. QA/QC engineers observe production and they usually report to an operating supervisor or a production manager. They generally work in the factories or plants where the products are made but they also may have offices as well. The position of QA/QC engineers is important to everyone in ensuring that people receive satisfactory and safe products for use and consumption.
- Review and approve quality requirements for manufacturing planning, supplier purchase orders, and engineering specifications to ensure contract compliance.
- Develop, document, and audit practices, program quality, and metrics reporting system.
- Perform and coordinate inspections and determine quality assurance testing models of raw materials and finished products.
- Prepare, document, and execute detailed test plans, test cases, and defect reports.
Requirements for this job also vary from company to company. Some companies desire a bachelor’s or even master’s degree specializing in the types of products they produce. Other companies do not require a college education and ask instead for a high school diploma and several years in the manufacturing industry.
The pay package of a quality assurance (QA) / quality control (QC) engineer is in the range of €27,369 – €98,633 and the median pay being €36,629.