Quality engineers make sure there are systems in place to monitor the quality of a production system and the products it makes.

Are you focused on details and great with numbers? Do you work until the job is done? Become a quality engineer and you’ll spend your days crafting tests that check every inch of a product or machine in order to make sure they meet various standards and expectations. You’ll be involved with the manufacturing process from the first stage to the last, always making sure the product is at its highest quality.

You’ll work in a variety of environments, from the laboratory to your office to the production floor, designing and implement tests of quality and standards. Your job will be to conduct tests on everything from the raw materials that will make a product to the finished item just before it leaves the facility. You’ll analyze the data and work with other engineers and designers to make improvements, keeping in mind time, budget, and resource limits.

As a quality engineer, you’ll need to know all the safety codes and laws that apply to your area of manufacturing. This can include federal, state, and local laws, as well as company and association standards. In addition, customers may have their own expectations that you will need to make sure the product meets.

Quality engineers need at least a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, which will include courses in mathematics, engineering processes, CAD software, and technical drawings. Additional certifications and training courses can give you the hands-on experience that employers look for.

Also Known As:

Supplier Quality Assurance Engineer

"Working in engineering taught me that I truly enjoy learning new things.  I've returned to school to earn a degree in engineering and I continually seek out new challenges." Pedro Cruz, Trane/Ingersoll Rand

Critical Skills


  • Analyze Test Results and Data
  • CAD or AutoCAD Software
  • Computers
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance


  • Active Listening
  • Communication - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking/Oral
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Leadership
  • Problem Solving
  • Process Management
  • Quality Assurance
  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance
  • Teamwork
  • Troubleshooting

Key Responsibilities

  • Work with supply chain to ensure quality raw materials
  • Analyze and correct product quality issues
  • Develop production processes
  • Create new standards for products
  • Establish product documentation protocol
  • Report on production results and processes
  • Meet with customers to ensure product meets expectations
  • Ensure compliance with general standards and policies


  • Leadership
  • Systems and Software Design
  • Teaching
  • Technical Writing

How to get this job

Get Quality Assurance Certifications or PMP Certification.

Next Steps for this job

Get PMP Certification, LEAN/Six Sigma certification, have proven experience with time management, take on project management work.

Specific job titles and duties vary by employer so check for details.