Quality Control Engineer

Design new ways to test your company's products for safety and reliability.

What does a Quality Control Engineer do?

During the Stone Age, houses and tools were made of one or two materials, and they had no moving or computer-operated parts. Modern products, by contrast, often contain hundreds of small parts. If one tiny portion breaks, the whole item is as useless as a stone.

A Quality Control Engineer develops a set of production and testing steps that help ensure a product does what it’s designed to do. If the work of a Quality Control Engineer is followed to the letter, each item will be perfect.

Many Quality Control Engineers work in manufacturing, but others work in the construction sector. Working with products is much different than working with buildings, of course, but the steps you take in either setting are much the same.

In manufacturing, you test the raw materials and ensure that they’ll bend, twist, and work as they should. Then, you determine how the machines will work with the materials, and you develop guidelines about how the machines should be calibrated and how fast they’ll run. When your testing is done, you write a how-to report for Factory Workers. You also design testing guidelines for Quality Assurance Engineers, helping them to spot defects in completed items.

In the construction sector, you create guidelines outlining how drawings and wiring should look, how equipment should be placed, and how electrical connections should be made. Then, you create templates for Engineers to use in their projects. Quality Assurance Engineers use your templates when they’re looking at drawings of works in progress, ensuring that people are following the guidelines you’ve specified.