Quality control and planning engineers


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Quality control and planning engineers plan production schedules, work sequences, and manufacturing and processing procedures to ensure accuracy, quality and reliability.


Quality control and planning engineers usually possess an accredited university degree. After qualifying, periods of appropriate training and experience are required before membership of a chartered engineering institution is achieved. Incorporated engineers possess an accredited university degree, BTEC/SQA award or an apprenticeship leading to an NVQ/SVQ at Level 4. All routes are followed by periods of appropriate training and relevant experience.

Typical tasks

  • devises inspection, testing and evaluation methods for bought-in materials, components, semi-finished and finished products;
  • ensures accuracy of machines, jigs, fixtures, gauges and other manufacturing and testing equipment;
  • prepares work flow charts for individual departments and compiles detailed instructions on processes, work methods and quality and safety standards for workers;
  • analyses plans, drawings, specifications and safety, quality, accuracy, reliability and contractual requirements;
  • prepares plan of sequence of operations and completion dates for each phase of production or processing;
  • oversees effective implementation of adopted processes, schedules and procedures.

Common job titles

Officer, control, quality
Radiologist, industrial
Planner (engineering)
Engineer, planning, windfarm
Engineer, planning
Controller, quality
Inspector (civil engineering)
Consultant, assurance, quality
Officer, planning (manufacturing)
Controller, maintenance, planned (coal mine)
Manager, engineering, quality
Consultant, quality
Controller, project (metal trades)
Planner, offshore
Engineer, progress
Engineer, systems, quality
Engineer, control, quality
Engineer, quality
Officer, assurance, quality
Planner, process
Technologist, garment
Consultant, management, quality
Engineer, assurance, quality
Inspector, chief (engineering,
Planner, group (coal mine)
Planner, mine (coal mine)
Technologist, clothing

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.