Quality control engineer

Quality control engineer - overview

As a quality control engineer, you'll work on manufacturing schedules and processes to make sure production of products is at a high quality. Read on to learn more about this role and the things you might work on.

Learn what the role involves below.


What does a quality control engineer do?

A role as a quality control engineer could see you working in several industries. Your services will be needed by organisations that make products or goods and need the production process to be organised, controlled and to meet industry standards. You could be office based or have a more hands-on role in a lab or factory.

Your main responsibility will be to make sure production is planned and completed in an efficient way that produces a high level of quality. If you like tasks that require a high level of attention to detail, then this could be a really rewarding career for you.

What will your days involve?

Daily tasks will vary but could involve:

  • Researching and analysing quality procedures
  • Making sure processes and procedures are followed
  • Creating workflow charts and production instructions
  • Checking machinery and equipment to make sure it is working properly
  • Inspecting the quality of completed work


How much can you earn as a quality control engineer?

The average salary for a quality control engineer in the UK is £36,400. Graduates start at around £30,500.

Does a quality control engineer role involve travel in the UK or overseas?

You might need to travel within the UK or overseas for this role depending on your employer and the project you're working on.

Can you work from home as a quality control engineer?

It's unlikely you'll be able to work from home, as most of your duties will be on site.