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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.


  • 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.

Entry Requirements

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.

Industry Insights

Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £38,000 per annum and can progress up to £42,000 per annum.

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 4,021 employed Quality Control & Planning Engineers in the region.

Destinations of Engineering Completers July 2018

54% of students went on to other Further Education at York College

6% of students went on to other Higher Education

8% of students went on to employment

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