The Ultimate Guide for Quality Engineering Jobs
Engineering is certainly a major sector in the UK. Are you looking for a career in Engineering? Why not take a look at our Ultimate Guide for Quality Engineering jobs and check out all of the latest information on how to get into the sector.
Quality Engineering: The Introduction
What do they do?
The main role of a Quality Engineer is to ensure that the final product is safe and meets customer expectations, while also keeping the manufacturing process as efficient and effective as possible.
Typically, Quality Engineers work throughout every part of the manufacturing process and will work with various stakeholders, including design teams, manufactures and the customers. Quality Engineering is about more than just identifying the problems, one must understand the underlying issues and develop successful fixes while also ensuring that quality standards are maintained.
The main focuses of a Quality Engineer include:
- Establish, implement and maintain quality management systems
- Developing performance measurements and reporting requirements that set quality metrics for each stage of the production process
- Taking proactive measures with the aim of eliminating the cause of quality issues and to reduce the risk of future failures
- Work with members of the supply chain, ensuring that the quality of all raw materials, components or sub-assemblies meet the company’s quality standards
- Monitoring customer feedback to identify any quality concerns and liaising with customers to resolve issues
How do you become a Quality Engineer?
As with many engineering roles, a degree in the science or engineering discipline is a typical minimum requirement. However, it is still possible to become a Quality Engineer while only having the relevant experience.
ASQ provides both training and certification to help engineers become a Certified Quality Engineer. In order to qualify for this course, one must have eight years of on-the-job experience and a minimum of three years in a “decision making role”. It should also be noted that if a person has a relevant degree, the ASQ will waive a few years depending on the level of degree.
- Associates Degree – Two years
- Bachelors Degree – Four years
- Masters Degree – Five years
Quality Engineering: Skills and Qualifications
- Management/Leadership skills
- Internal Auditing experience
- 8D /Problem Solving
- NCR’s / Handling Customer Complaints
- Experience using Lean Manufacturing techniques such as Kaizen, 5S etc…
- Involved in Continuous improvement activities.
- Supplier Development / Supplier Quality Engineering
- Interpersonal skills
- Organisational skills
- Attention to detail
- Critical thinking
- Computer Literate
Advanced/Higher Apprenticeship to become qualified engineer
- Typically, 3 to 4 years
- 8 years without degree
- 6 years with associate degree
- 4 years with Bachelors degree
- 3 years with Masters degree
Decisions making role
- 3 years in a management position
- Masters Degree
- Background in Maths and Science
- Computer Experience
Quality Engineering: Where can you go next?
There are several paths that you can take from a Quality Engineer. Because of the nature of the position, it is possible to work in many different industries and a lot of the skills learnt are transferable.
Material Review Board (MRB) focuses on what is called ‘product nonconformity’, these are essentially product defects. The MRB works with engineers to determine the defects and reports to management and regulators with their findings and suggestions.
Auditing can also be a promising career track, working with ISO 9001, the international standard that specifies the requirements for Quality Management Systems (QMS). Auditors will spend a lot of time travelling and help advise organisations towards preventative action.
Also within ISO 9001, they require a management representative that will be responsible for maintaining the QMS. Within this job, you will be active with all departments in a company or organisation. You will also get to see all the aspects of a product lifecycle and ensure that the organisational strategy is efficient and consistent.