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Considerable Preparation Needed
Your job is to Design or plan protocols for equipment or processes to produce products meeting internal and external purity, safety, and quality requirements.
Common job titles of Validation Engineers include:
Experience and Education
A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.
90% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.
5% said they needed a Associate's Degree.
Draw samples of raw materials, intermediate products, or finished products for validation testing.
Maintain validation test equipment.
Analyze validation test data to determine whether systems or processes have met validation criteria or to identify root causes of production problems.
Recommend resolution of identified deviations from established product or process standards.
Study product characteristics or customer requirements to determine validation objectives and standards.
Prepare, maintain, or review validation and compliance documentation, such as engineering change notices, schematics, or protocols.
Assist in training equipment operators or other staff on validation protocols and standard operating procedures.
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.
Design validation study features, such as sampling, testing, or analytical methodologies.
Devise automated lab validation test stations or other test fixtures or equipment.
Validate or characterize sustainable or environmentally friendly products, using electronic testing platforms.
Participate in internal or external training programs to maintain knowledge of validation principles, industry trends, or novel technologies.
Coordinate the implementation or scheduling of validation testing with affected departments and personnel.
Communicate with regulatory agencies regarding compliance documentation or validation results.
Prepare detailed reports or design statements, based on results of validation and qualification tests or reviews of procedures and protocols.
Direct validation activities, such as protocol creation or testing.
Conduct audits of validation or performance qualification processes to ensure compliance with internal or regulatory requirements.
Prepare validation or performance qualification protocols for new or modified manufacturing processes, systems, or equipment for production of pharmaceuticals, electronics, or other products.
Develop validation master plans, process flow diagrams, test cases, or standard operating procedures.
Conduct validation or qualification tests of new or existing processes, equipment, or software in accordance with internal protocols or external standards.
Plan or conduct validation testing of alternative energy products, such as synthetic jet fuels or energy storage systems, such as fuel cells.
Thermal validation systems
Tektronix Communications Network & Service Analyzer NSA
Programmable logic controllers PLC
Pressure sensorsAll Tools
Network protocol analyzers
In-target probes ITP
Gel electrophoresis systems
Apache HTTP Server
Apache SolrAll Technologies
Apache Subversion SVN
Dassault Systemes CATIA
Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS
Data entry software
Extensible markup language XML
Microsoft SQL Server
Microsoft Visual Basic
National Instruments LabVIEW
Practical extraction and reporting language Perl
PTC Creo Parametric
Red Hat WildFly
Ruby on Rails
The MathWorks MATLAB
Virtual private networking VPN software
Cadence Incisive Enterprise Simulator
Cadence Incisive Enterprise Specman Elite Testbench
GE Intelligent Platforms Proficy HMI/SCADA iFIX
Hewlett Packard LoadRunner
Hewlett Packard QuickTest Professional
IBM Rational ClearQuest
IndySoft Gage InSite Enterprise
Laboratory information management system LIMS
Microsoft Visual C#
Project management software
QUALCOMM eXtensible Diagnostic Monitor QxDM
Simulation program with integrated circuit emphasis SPICE
Sparta Systems TrackWise
Structure query language SQL
Very high speed integrated circuit VHSIC hardware definition language VHDL
Windows kernel debuggers
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Using mathematics to solve problems.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
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.
Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Quality Control Analysis
Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension
Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression
Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity
Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning
Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Information Ordering
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.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.