Quality Control Analysts

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics > Science and Mathematics

Projected Growth: Faster than average

9400+
Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Conduct tests to determine quality of raw materials, bulk intermediate and finished products. May conduct stability sample tests.

Common job titles of Quality Control Analysts include:
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Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 43.16% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 20.99% said they needed a Some College Courses.

Tasks

    Complete documentation needed to support testing procedures, including data capture forms, equipment logbooks, or inventory forms.

    Interpret test results, compare them to established specifications and control limits, and make recommendations on appropriateness of data for release.

    Calibrate, validate, or maintain laboratory equipment.

    Monitor testing procedures to ensure that all tests are performed according to established item specifications, standard test methods, or protocols.

    Receive and inspect raw materials.

    Conduct routine and non-routine analyses of in-process materials, raw materials, environmental samples, finished goods, or stability samples.

    Ensure that lab cleanliness and safety standards are maintained.

    Identify quality problems and recommend solutions.

    Perform visual inspections of finished products.

    Compile laboratory test data and perform appropriate analyses.

    Perform validations or transfers of analytical methods in accordance with applicable policies or guidelines.

    Supply quality control data necessary for regulatory submissions.

    Serve as a technical liaison between quality control and other departments, vendors, or contractors.

    Investigate or report questionable test results.

    Write technical reports or documentation, such as deviation reports, testing protocols, and trend analyses.

    Coordinate testing with contract laboratories and vendors.

    Identify and troubleshoot equipment problems.

    Participate in out-of-specification and failure investigations and recommend corrective actions.

    Review data from contract laboratories to ensure accuracy and regulatory compliance.

    Evaluate analytical methods and procedures to determine how they might be improved.

    Prepare or review required method transfer documentation including technical transfer protocols or reports.

    Write or revise standard quality control operating procedures.

    Develop and qualify new testing methods.

    Participate in internal assessments and audits as required.

    Train other analysts to perform laboratory procedures and assays.

    Evaluate new technologies and methods to make recommendations regarding their use.

Tools

Wastewater samplers

Vibration meters

Ultraviolet spectroscopes

Ultrasonic thickness gauges

Ultrasonic flaw detectors

Total organic carbon TOC analyzers

Torque wrenches

All Tools

Torque testers

Thermal cyclers

Textile moisture meters

Tension meters

Tachometers

Surface profile gauges

Stroboscopes

Spark Testers

Sonicators

Sonic testers

Replica Tape

pH meters

Personal computers

Micrometers

Microfilm systems

Mass spectrometers

Levelmeters

Laser facsimile machines

Incubators

Imaging systems

High performance liquid chromatography systems

Gel electrophoresis systems

Gel casters

Gas chromatographs

Force gauges

Fluorescence spectrophotometers

Flowmeters

Dynamometers

Durometers

Dew point meters

Copy machines

Coating thickness gauges

Bolt tension meters

Autosamplers

Adhesion testers

Absorbance spectrophotometers

Technologies

Atlassian JIRA

Data entry software

Extensible markup language XML

Hypertext markup language HTML

JavaScript

Microsoft ASP.NET

Microsoft SharePoint

All Technologies

Microsoft SQL Server

Minitab

National Instruments LabVIEW

Relational database management software

Selenium

The MathWorks MATLAB

Borland SilkTest

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Code profilers

dBASE

FileMaker Pro

Hewlett Packard LoadRunner

Hewlett Packard QuickTest Professional

IBM Rational Functional Tester

IBM Rational Robot

Laboratory information management system LIMS

LabWare LIMS

Micro Focus TestPartner

Microsoft Internet Information Service IIS

Microsoft Visual Studio Test Professional

Parasoft SOAtest

SAP BusinessObjects Crystal Reports

SeleniumHQ

SmartBear Software AutomatedQA TestComplete

Spreadsheet software

Test automation software

Watir

Skills

Quality Control Analysis

Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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.

Monitoring

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Writing

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Speaking

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Coordination

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Troubleshooting

Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Abilities

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

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Occupation Sections

Knowledge

Chemistry

Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

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.

Production and Processing

Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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