Validation Engineers

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics > Engineering and Technology

Projected Growth: Average

Projected Job Openings

Considerable Preparation Needed

Job Description

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

Spectrum analyzers


Protocol analyzers

Programmable logic controllers PLC

Pressure sensors

All Tools


Network protocol analyzers


Logic analyzers

In-target probes ITP

Gel electrophoresis systems

Flow sensors


Ansible software

Apache Ant

Apache Cassandra

Apache Groovy

Apache HTTP Server

Apache Kafka

Apache Solr

All Technologies

Apache Subversion SVN

Apache Tomcat

Atlassian Bamboo



Dassault Systemes CATIA

Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS

Data entry software




Extensible markup language XML



IBM Notes




Microsoft Access

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft PowerShell

Microsoft Project

Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft Visio

Microsoft Visual Basic

Microsoft Windows

Microsoft Word





National Instruments LabVIEW



Oracle Java


Practical extraction and reporting language Perl

PTC Creo Parametric




Red Hat WildFly


Ruby on Rails



Shell script

Splunk Enterprise

Teradata Database

The MathWorks MATLAB


Virtual private networking VPN software


Apache Maven

Apache Subversion



Cadence Incisive Enterprise Simulator

Cadence Incisive Enterprise Specman Elite Testbench


Email software

EMC Documentum

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

Logic simulators

Microsoft Visual C#

Project management software

QUALCOMM eXtensible Diagnostic Monitor QxDM

Simulation program with integrated circuit emphasis SPICE

Simulation software

Sparta Systems TrackWise

Statistical software

Structure query language SQL




Very high speed integrated circuit VHSIC hardware definition language VHDL

Windows kernel debuggers


Reading Comprehension

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.

Critical Thinking

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

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/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.

Active Learning

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


Using mathematics to solve problems.

Social Perceptiveness

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

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.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

Learning Strategies

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.

Time Management

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

Operations Analysis

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

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Occupation Sections


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.

English Language

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.

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