Quality engineers work across a huge variety of manufacturing environments including electronic components, medical device manufacturing, car manufacturing, machine tools, aviation, semiconductors, computers, etc.
Quality engineers can work on the factory floor and are on their feet all day working with the production team, monitoring and improving the production process as well as solving problems or working with suppliers. Others are desk-based in an office – depending on the specific tasks they are carrying out at the time.
Quality engineers are generally part of a larger team responsible for making quality improvements across all aspects of production. senior quality engineers may manage teams of junior quality engineers and may have responsibility across multiple stages of a process.