Validation engineers are responsible for keeping all manufacturing equipment in working condition.

Are you comfortable around large, potentially dangerous machines? Do you enjoy handyman tasks around the house? As a validation engineer, you’ll put those talents to work creating and conducting tests on manufacturing machines and systems. It’ll be your job to make sure that every piece of equipment is working efficiently and safely, and that the system is up to various standards and codes.

Validation engineers work on teams with other kinds of engineers to improve the production process. It’s a job that requires lots of patience and small improvements, but you’ll hold a lot of responsibility, especially when it comes to the safety of the workers on the production line. You’ll design the tests and either conduct them yourself or train other employees on the implementation of the tests. Then, you’ll read, analyze, and report the data, making any adjustments that are necessary.

Your job will require you to have extensive knowledge of the codes and standards that all machines must meet. You’re responsible for federal, state, and local laws, as well as association standards and codes that are specific to your company. Because these can change so often, you may be required to attend conferences, training sessions, and seminars in order to stay up-to-date.

All engineers need at least a Bachelor’s in a specific engineering field. The program will cover advanced mathematical and engineering principles, as well as CAD software and technical drawings design. You’ll need to have courses in electrical and mechanical technology, and additional certifications and previous experience will give you a boost in the job hunt.

Also Known As:

Equipment Engineer, Equipment Validation Engineer, Process Development Engineer, Qualification Engineer, Quality Control Engineer, Validation Engineer

Critical Skills


  • Analyze Test Results and Data
  • Computers
  • Electrical and Electronic Systems
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Tools, Equipment, and Systems


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

Key Responsibilities

  • Setup and calibrate manufacturing equipment
  • Create and conduct tests of equipment
  • Adjust, repair, or suggest changes to machines
  • Perform preventative maintenance on equipment
  • Document, analyze, and report equipment test results


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

How to get this job

Get the Quality Assurance Certification, or the PMP Certification.

Next Steps for this job

Quality Assurance Certification, PMP Certification, take on project/process work.

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