What Does a Quality Engineer Do?
A quality engineer monitors, tests, and reports on the quality of products. They also test systems and procedures to make sure they meet technical standards. Quality engineers work in a wide variety of industries, including transportation, textiles, software, and manufacturing. In many organizations, quality engineers design the quality standards against which the company tests its products. If there’s an issue, the quality engineer documents the problem and works with other engineers to solve it.
In some cases, quality engineers are responsible for training workers in new processes. For this reason, a quality engineer must have high-level interpersonal communication skills in addition to skills and experience in engineering. Planning and analytical thinking are also vital parts of this role, to solve problems and create plans for testing.
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National Average Salary
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The average U.S. salary for a Quality Engineer is:
Quality Engineer Job Descriptions
We are currently recruiting for a Quality Engineer in our Quality Department. This will include responsibilities for supporting the QMS and improving key performance indicators (KPIs) for the company. The essential job functions will include:
- Review and participate in New Product Development work including FAIs, GR&R, capability studies, documentation, etc. – 40%
- Move development parts into active production status while maintaining yields and productivity. – 25%
- Continuously improve productivity and quality by working closely with process engineering and production, developing monitors, reviewing scraps and rejects, etc. – 25%
- Support the Quality Management System through: – 10%
- Internal Audits
- Document Control activities
- Corrective and Preventive Action assignments
Desired skills and experience
- BSIE or BS in Engineering with a demonstrated knowledge of process mapping and optimization
- Experience with monitoring manufacturing processes that involve multiple products, multiple complexities, and different lot sizes
- Project management ability: demonstrated ability to organize and lead teams of professional peers in accomplishing multi-priority projects
- Equivalent combination of education/experience/knowledge may be substituted in lieu of degree or years of experience
Physical demands & work environment
- Work is mostly performed in an office and manufacturing plant setting
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, sit, demonstrate manual dexterity, climb stairs, talk, hear, see
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, sit, demonstrate manual dexterity, talk, hear, and see
- Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision and ability to focus
- Work with Quality Manager to develop and implement quality assurance and quality control procedures
- 95% of the work day spent on the manufacturing floor solving quality issues, while working on a major project
- Total responsibility for quality control, including parts, crating, and finished product
- Maintain a continuous improvement mentality with focus on Kaizen (small change for the better)
- Perform quality audits, quality admin inspections, and support staff with any quality related questions
- Responsible for ensuring raw material and inbound part quality
- Ensure quality assurance procedures are maintained and by all staff
- Report directly to the Quality Manager for your facility
- 0-10 yrs experience
- 4-year technical degree, in an electrical, electronics, or mechanically oriented curriculum
- Internship/co-op experience is preferred
- Must enjoy hands on product exposure
- Electrical skills and experience needed
- AutoCAD or similar software a must
- Multitasking, problem solving, and strong communication skills a must
- Strong desire to please the customer with perfect product quality and to maintain a safe work environment
Plans and conducts activities concerned with the quality control and quality assurance of industrial
processes, materials, and products
Essential job duties:
- Design and implement audits, and control plans for products to ensure product quality targets are met
- Establish, define, implement, maintain, and report on quality assurance key performance measures and standards
- Investigate non-conformances and consumer complaints, lead completion of root cause analysis, implement corrective actions, and monitor progress and improvements
- Drive continuous improvement on quality standards, requirements, and best practices
- Create and maintain quality systems documentation, such as quality manuals, procedures, and work instructions
- Devises sampling procedures and designs and develops forms and instructions for recording, evaluating, and reporting quality and reliability data
- Applies statistical process control (SPC) methods for analyzing data to evaluate the current process and process changes
- Prepares and presents technical and program information to team members and management
- Directs technical and administrative workers engaged in quality activities
- Maintains a working knowledge of government and industry quality codes and standards including ISO 9001
- Entry-Level position within field
- Conducts routine tasks as directed
- Contributes to specific objectives and outcomes as directed
- Closely supervised with little latitude for independent judgment
- Works under clearly defined guidelines
- Must be able to access shared database with government programs (U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident of the U.S.)
- Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering or other STEM field of study
- Experience in CAPA, root cause analysis, and 8D
- Six Sigma Green Belt or Black Belt
- Experience in a clean room environment (Preferred)
- ISO 9001 Internal auditor (Preferred)
- Proficient with word processing software; statistical analysis software (SPC); graphics software; order processing software, and database software
- Proficient with measurement, calibration, and test equipment
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to work near moving mechanical parts
- The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles
- The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate
- The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
- Specific vision abilities required by this job include Close vision, Color vision, Distance vision, and Depth perception
- While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to walk and talk or hear
- The employee is frequently required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms
- The employee is occasionally required to sit; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, as well as taste or smell
Sample Interview Questions
- What is a quality engineer to you?
- How do you ensure the quality of materials and products?
- What is your definition of quality?
- How would you investigate production flaws?
- What interests you in this role?
- What are the qualities needed to be a successful quality engineer?
- How do you prioritize your work?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- Can you describe a recent project in which you successfully implemented quality control procedures?
- Why is a project quality plan important?
- What would you do if someone wasn’t following quality standards?
- How comfortable are you working on a team?
- How would you implement a change needed to improve quality?
- What besides monitoring facilitates better products?
- What is the biggest challenge a quality engineer faces?
- Where do you want to be in 5 years?
- What strategies are required for this role?
- Can you describe a time you failed as a quality engineer and what you learned?
- How do you handle customer complaints and issues?
- Have you ever stopped a line for a quality issue? What happened?