A quality engineer is also known as a quality control engineer. The engineer evaluates products to ensure they meet a company’s specifications. The engineer performs tests and analyzes data to determine a product’s reliability. Becoming a quality control engineer takes time because individuals must meet certain requirements that include a college degree, several years of experience and a certification. According to Pay Scale, quality control engineers salaries ranged between $49,056 and $70,000 as of 2010.
Obtain a bachelor’s degree in an engineering field. A bachelor’s degree can take up to four years to complete and should include courses in economics, calculus, introductory engineering and other courses related engineering methods. Ensure that the engineering program is accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology.
Prepare a professional resume. Include college degree or potential graduation date and skills on your resume.
Speak to a college adviser regarding internship opportunities. Many companies will offer internship positions to students that allow them to test products and gain experience working under the supervision of an experienced quality engineer. Internships can lead to permanent positions. Consider volunteering your services to test products for quality assurance companies to help you gain experience and possible consideration for full-time employment. Search for quality engineer jobs on employment websites, such as IHire Quality Control. Create an account and upload your resume to allow potential employers to search for you based on skills and certification.
Get certified. Apply for certification through the American Society of Quality. Before becoming certified, individuals must pass a multiple choice exam that tests a candidate’s knowledge of quality control systems. Before registering for the exam, candidates are required have eight years of previous employment experience. Three of the eight years must include managing control projects. Candidates may receive waivers for the employment experience requirements if they have received a college degree. For example, expect one year of experience to be waived for receiving a diploma from a technical trade school; two years will be waived for receipt of an associate degree; four years are waived for a bachelor’s degree and five years are waived for a master’s or doctorate. The certification exam may take up to five hours to complete.
Becoming certified informs a potential employer that you are knowledgeable in the field of quality control. Obtaining a certification can increase employment opportunities.
Quality control engineers must have good communication skills that are useful for collaborating with co-workers on team projects. Adequate writing skills are important because quality control engineers are required to write reports of results of data testing.