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Validation Engineers - 17-2112.02

O*NET-SOC Description

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

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Corporate Quality Engineer
  • Product Quality Engineer
  • Quality Assurance Engineer
  • Quality Engineer
  • Quality Management Systems Engineer
  • Reliability Engineer
  • Supplier Quality Engineer
  • Validation Specialist

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Analyze validation test data to determine whether systems or processes have met validation criteria or to identify root causes of production problems.
  • Assist in training equipment operators or other staff on validation protocols and standard operating procedures.
  • Communicate with regulatory agencies regarding compliance documentation or validation results.
  • Conduct audits of validation or performance qualification processes to ensure compliance with internal or regulatory requirements.
  • Conduct validation or qualification tests of new or existing processes, equipment, or software in accordance with internal protocols or external standards.
  • Coordinate the implementation or scheduling of validation testing with affected departments and personnel.
  • 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.
  • Develop validation master plans, process flow diagrams, test cases, or standard operating procedures.
  • Devise automated lab validation test stations or other test fixtures or equipment.
  • Direct validation activities, such as protocol creation or testing.
  • Draw samples of raw materials, intermediate products, or finished products for validation testing.
  • Maintain validation test equipment.
  • Participate in internal or external training programs to maintain knowledge of validation principles, industry trends, or novel technologies.
  • Plan or conduct validation testing of alternative energy products, such as synthetic jet fuels or energy storage systems, such as fuel cells.
  • Prepare detailed reports or design statements, based on results of validation and qualification tests or reviews of procedures and protocols.
  • Prepare validation or performance qualification protocols for new or modified manufacturing processes, systems, or equipment for production of pharmaceuticals, electronics, or other products.
  • Prepare, maintain, or review validation and compliance documentation, such as engineering change notices, schematics, or protocols.
  • Recommend resolution of identified deviations from established product or process standards.
  • Resolve testing problems by modifying testing methods or revising test objectives and standards.
  • Study product characteristics or customer requirements to determine validation objectives and standards.
  • Validate or characterize sustainable or environmentally friendly products, using electronic testing platforms.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Analyze test or validation data.
  • Collect samples of raw materials or finished products.
  • Communicate technical information to suppliers, contractors, or regulatory agencies.
  • Conduct validation tests of equipment or processes.
  • Design electronic or computer equipment or instrumentation.
  • Devise research or testing protocols.
  • Direct quality control activities.
  • Document technical design details.
  • Inspect finished products to locate flaws.
  • Inspect operational processes.
  • Maintain operational records or records systems.
  • Maintain test equipment.
  • Operate computer systems.
  • Prepare detailed work plans.
  • Recommend technical design or process changes to improve efficiency, quality, or performance.
  • Resolve operational performance problems.
  • Review technical documents to plan work.
  • Train personnel on proper operational procedures.
  • Update technical knowledge.

Military Crosswalk Titles

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Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

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DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Quality Control Engineer