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I would advise anyone interested in Occupational Therapy to read up on the profession or else try to meet a qualified Occupational Therapist and talk to them about their work.

The internet can be a great resource in getting information. Also information from the universities might indicate if this is a course that is suited to you. A lot of the course work relies on you being a self-directed learner. This makes the course different to other more mainstream/academic courses as the onus is on the student to complete a lot of work independently.

As this is a caring profession an interest in working with people is a must. You also need to be a good communicator as you will be working closely with clients, families and other staff on an ongoing basis.

Organisational skills are essential to enable you to manage a caseload.


Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Engineer - Quality

Job Zone

Most of these occupations require qualifications at NFQ Levels 7 or 8 (Ordinary / Honours Degrees) but some do not.

Related Experience
A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an engineer must complete four years of college and work for several years in engineering to be considered qualified.

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Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

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€25k > 70 
Quality Engineer
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€25 - 70 
Related Information:
Data Source(s):
Sigmar / Brightwater / CPL / Hudson / Abrivia / Lincoln

Last Updated: February, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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A shortage of Quality control, Assurance and Validation engineering skills (e.g. computer validation
systems, regulatory compliance) is reported in the National Skills Bulletin 2015.

Occupational Category

Quality Control Engineers; other Regulatory Professionals

Also included in this category:

Quality engineers; quality assurance engineers; quality control officers (professional); planning engineers

Number Employed:


Part time workers: 16%
Aged over 55: 8%
Male / Female: 48 / 52%
Non-Nationals: 0%
With Third Level: 85%
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At a Glance... header image

Designs, installs, and evaluates quality assurance systems, procedures, and measuring techniques

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Engineers in this field work to ensure a product or service provides the highest level of quality to meet customer expectations.

The Quality Engineer will be responsible for:

  • Putting systems in place to measure an organisation's performance
  • Reporting on findings
  • Liaising with managers and staff
  • Coordinating procedures to address any deficiencies.

Quality or quality assurance engineers ensure that the different products leaving manufacturing and development agencies, companies or organisations are fully operational, effective and free from defects.

The main duties of a QA engineer are - verifying the quality and performance of products, in addition to troubleshooting the rectification of any existing errors or defects.

The quality control engineer is responsible for analysing the product under various working conditions and confirming that it delivers its promise. Depending on the nature of the product being tested, quality engineers may work in different settings. Being specialists, they use a product not just the way it is recommended but also in ways not intended helping them understand the common problems that users may encounter while using a product.

A quality engineer has a technical/engineering background which enbles them to handle day-to-day issues with product quality. The role is mainly associated with manufacturing plants where they design, install, and evaluate quality process-sampling systems, procedures, and statistical techniques, but QA Engineers work in a diverse range of industries including software or web development.

The work of a QA Engineer involves designing or specifying inspection and testing mechanisms and equipment; analysing production and service limitations and standards and recommending revision of specifications when indicated. In addition they formulate or help formulate quality policies and procedures as well as conducting training on quality concepts and tools; they interface with all other engineering components within the company and with customers and suppliers on quality related issues.

Typical work activities include:

  • Developing and implementing quality management systems in manufacturing industries
  • Analysing, identifying and implementing manufacturing and/or business process improvements which will improve capability and performance
  • Creating and maintaining company documentation, such as quality manuals, and quality procedures
  • Troubleshooting problems or flaws in products/items provided for testing
  • Maintaining and controlling calibration records for all test and inspection equipment
  • Applying good manufacturing practice and observing that it is being adhered to
  • Performing tests and measurements using existing measurement equipment
  • Contributing to necessary improvements and changes to all process related issues in the production department

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Organisation: Engineers Ireland
  Address: 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge Dublin 4
  Tel: (01) 665 1300
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