Validation Engineers

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About the Job

Design or plan protocols for equipment or processes to produce products meeting internal and external purity, safety, and quality requirements.

It is also Called

  • Corporate Quality Engineer
  • Corporate Quality Manager
  • Equipment Engineer
  • Equipment Validation Engineer
  • Equipment Validation Specialist
  • Process Development Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Qualification Engineer
  • Quality and Reliability Engineer
  • Quality Assurance Engineer
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What They Do

  • Analyze validation test data to determine whether systems or processes have met validation criteria or to identify root causes of production problems.
  • Prepare validation or performance qualification protocols for new or modified manufacturing processes, systems, or equipment for production of pharmaceuticals, electronics, or other products.
  • Coordinate the implementation or scheduling of validation testing with affected departments and personnel.
  • Study product characteristics or customer requirements and confer with management to determine validation objectives and standards.
  • Resolve testing problems by modifying testing methods or revising test objectives and standards.
  • Create, populate, or maintain databases for tracking validation activities, test results, or validated systems.
  • Prepare, maintain, or review validation and compliance documentation, such as engineering change notices, schematics, or protocols.
  • Prepare detailed reports or design statements, based on results of validation and qualification tests or reviews of procedures and protocols.
  • Identify deviations from established product or process standards and provide recommendations for resolving deviations.
  • Direct validation activities, such as protocol creation or testing.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: IRC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Realistic and Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Working Conditions, but also value Achievement and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

Wages

In 2018, the average annual wage in Ohio was $93,370 with most people making between $45,580 and $147,280

Outlook

0.61%
avg. annual growth

During 2016, this occupation employed approximately 7,380 people in Ohio. It is projected that there will be 7,830 employed in 2026.

This occupation will have about 45 openings due to growth and about 485 replacement openings for approximately 530 total annual openings.