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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.

Salary Range
€26k - €55k
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In Brief...

Checks and tests materials and finished goods towards ensuring that they meet production standards.

Knowledge

  • Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
  • Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Skills

  • Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • 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.
  • Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

In Summary - QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Analyst

Career Sectors

QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Analysts typically work in the following Career Sectors:

Biopharma
Biological, Chemical & Pharmaceutical Science
Clinical Trials
Biological, Chemical & Pharmaceutical Science
Plastics & Polymer
Biomedical Technologies & Medtech
Medical Devices
Biomedical Technologies & Medtech
Clinical Trials
Biomedical Technologies & Medtech

Videos & Interviews

Michael Bohane, QA Manager

Michael Bohane works as a QA Manager for Teva Pharmaceuticals Ireland based in Waterford. Following his Leaving Cert he did a BSc and then a MSc in Biochemistry in UCC. He also did a Diploma in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Practice (QP Qualification) allowing him to function as a QP and release product to market.

Fergus O'Connell, Quality Officer

Fergus works as a Senior Quality Officer in Teva Pharmaceuticals in Waterford. He completed his Leaving Cert with three Science subjects and went on to University College Cork to complete a degree in Microbiology. He started in Teva as a QA (Quality Assurance) Analyst and worked up to his current position.

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Further Information

The Work - QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Analyst

Quality control analysts are responsible for testing materials and finished goods towards ensuring that they meet production standards. Develop testing methods is also part of their role.

Quality control involves performing inspections and tests on finished products. Following testing, products may be rejected if they do not meet the standards required. Identifying and and troubleshooting problems is an important part of the role. The next stage of the job is to report on production quality to the relevant parties and recommend adjustments to the production or assembly process.  Evaluation of new technologies and methods, and making recommendations regarding their use.

Quality control analysts will also be required to write technical reports and quality control operating procedures.

 

Most commonly reported Work Tasks

  • Conduct routine and non-routine analyses of in-process materials, raw materials, environmental samples, finished goods, or stability samples.
  • Interpret test results, compare them to established specifications and control limits, and make recommendations on appropriateness of data for release.
  • Perform visual inspections of finished products.
  • Compile laboratory test data and perform appropriate analyses.
  • Complete documentation needed to support testing procedures including data capture forms, equipment logbooks, or inventory forms.
  • Calibrate, validate, or maintain laboratory equipment.
  • Participate in out-of-specification and failure investigations and recommend corrective actions.
  • Supply quality control data necessary for regulatory submissions.
  • Receive and inspect raw materials.
  • Investigate or report questionable test results.

Most commonly reported Work Activities

  • Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Documenting/Recording Information Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Processing Information Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

Interests - QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Analyst

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:

Investigative

The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.

Administrative

Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.

Realist

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.

Entry Requirements - QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Analyst

Quality assurance analysts typically hold a bachelor's degree in quality management or a related field, such as chemistry or biology.

Quality assurance / management degree programmes will include modules on quality management, auditing, planning, process control, customer service, Six Sigma methods and ISO quality systems.

Courses in computer-aided design (CAD), and the natural or biological sciences can also help prepare quality control analysts for  the industrial trades or the medical and pharmaceutical industries.

FE Route

Numeous Further Education courses are available at Level 5 & 6 that will prepare participants for entry to Higher Education degree programmes in this area e.g.

Getting Experience 

Some employers prefer candidates with at least 2 years of experience working in the field. Common job tasks performed by analysts include writing test cases and plans, calibrating lab equipment, and maintaining accurate records.

Internships are a great way to get experience working in the field. Check out the careers area of company websites for details of internship programmes. Start here.

Completing a research project as part of your degree provides experience in this area. Many quality control analysts inspect products and production methods to ensure that the best methods are being used and best quality achieved. Performing this job tasks requires researching potential methods and outcomes. 

Certifications include the Certified Quality Inspector, Certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Certified Quality Auditor credentials. Earning the Certified Quality Auditor credential identifies an individual as able to analyse a quality system and determine the adequacy of the criteria established for quality evaluation and control systems. Earning this certification requires passing an exam.

 

Last Updated: April, 2016

Pay & Salary - QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Analyst

Salary Range (thousands per year)* €26k - €55k

Data Source(s):
Sigmar / Brightwater / CPL

Last Updated: March, 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.

Labour Market Updates - QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Analyst

This occupation has been identified as a Job in Demand by the most recent National Skills Bulletin.

Employment growth was at the national average; opportunities for technicians are likely to be due to replacement requirements rather than growth. The demand is largely for roles in high tech manufacturing especially for those with experience. Three new apprenticeships in this area will help to address identified skills shortage.

National Skills Bulletin 2018

Useful Contacts - QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Analyst

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