What does a Quality Engineer do?

A quality engineer is responsible for the generation of a strategic plan to improve the business processes and increase production output. Duties include creating the company's quality standards and testing systems to reflect efficiency, reliability and performance. Quality engineers are also responsible for the creation of documentation that reports issues and errors relating to the production process with efforts placed to find a solution. Depending on the industry and organization, the typical career advancement for a quality engineer is in a managerial or executive position.

A bachelor's degree in engineering or a related field is often required for the job of a quality engineer with most companies expressing a preference for a master's degree. A successful track record working as a quality engineer is also often required by hiring managers. Other valuable skills include a high proficiency in computer technology including Microsoft Office applications and strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Develop inspection methods to analyze product quality
  • Improve product quality by making recommendations for change
  • Work together with relevant teams and departments to improve products
  • Ensure products adhere to company and industry quality standards
  • Brainstorm ideas to create solutions for identified problems
  • Formulate a strategic plan to increase productivity in the business
  • Document results and findings after inspections are carried out
  • Implement a working system to ensure conformity and accuracy in the production process
  • Master's degree in engineering preferred
  • Extensive experience in a quality assurance environment required
  • High proficiency in computer technology and systems operations
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
  • In-depth understanding of industry market trends and conditions
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to work efficiently in a team environment
  • Basic mathematical arithmetic skills

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
9%
2 - 4
64%
5 - 7
17%
8+
10%

Common Skill Sets

Lean Six Sigma
Problem Solving
Written Communication
Audit
APQP
ISO 9001
Root Cause Analysis
Continuous Improvement

Quality Engineer Seniority Levels

L2
Quality Engineer
CA$65,564/yr
L4
Quality Engineer IV
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QA Engineer
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Quality Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

CA$65,564 /yr
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CA$48k
Median: CA$66k
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