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19-4099.01 - Quality Control Analysts

Conduct tests to determine quality of raw materials, bulk intermediate and finished products. May conduct stability sample tests.

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The tasks listed below can be performed to prepare you for a career in this field.
  • Train other analysts to perform laboratory procedures and assays.
  • Perform visual inspections of finished products.
  • Serve as a technical liaison between quality control and other departments, vendors, or contractors.
  • Participate in internal assessments and audits as required.
  • Identify and troubleshoot equipment problems.
  • Ensure that lab cleanliness and safety standards are maintained.
  • Write technical reports or documentation, such as deviation reports, testing protocols, and trend analyses.
  • Write or revise standard quality control operating procedures.
  • Supply quality control data necessary for regulatory submissions.
  • Receive and inspect raw materials.
  • Perform validations or transfers of analytical methods in accordance with applicable policies or guidelines.
  • Participate in out-of-specification and failure investigations and recommend corrective actions.
  • Monitor testing procedures to ensure that all tests are performed according to established item specifications, standard test methods, or protocols.
  • Investigate or report questionable test results.
  • Interpret test results, compare them to established specifications and control limits, and make recommendations on appropriateness of data for release.
  • Identify quality problems and recommend solutions.
  • Evaluate analytical methods and procedures to determine how they might be improved.
  • Complete documentation needed to support testing procedures, including data capture forms, equipment logbooks, or inventory forms.
  • Calibrate, validate, or maintain laboratory equipment.
  • Compile laboratory test data and perform appropriate analyses.
  • Conduct routine and non-routine analyses of in-process materials, raw materials, environmental samples, finished goods, or stability samples.
  • Evaluate new technologies and methods to make recommendations regarding their use.
  • Develop and qualify new testing methods.
  • Coordinate testing with contract laboratories and vendors.
  • Review data from contract laboratories to ensure accuracy and regulatory compliance.
  • Prepare or review required method transfer documentation including technical transfer protocols or reports.
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
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The items listed below are organized into sections that contain knowledge useful for pursuing a career in this field. Each section also contains a "Percentage of Importance" statistic that shows how relevant an item is to the occupation.
  • 83%
    Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 Production and Processing
  • 81%
    Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • 75%
    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.
 English Language
  • 74%
    Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 66%
    Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 Computers and Electronics
  • 65%
    Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 Food Production
  • 58%
    Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
  • 58%
    Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 Education and Training
  • 57%
    Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 Administration and Management
  • 55%
    Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 Public Safety and Security
  • 54%
    Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 Customer and Personal Service
  • 54%
    Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
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The tools listed below include machines, equipment, tools, and software that is useful for individuals who are interested in this career.
 Wrenches and drivers
  • Torque wrenches
 Marking tools
  • Surface profile gauges
  • Replica Tape
 Sampling equipment
  • Wastewater samplers
 Length and thickness and distance measuring instruments
  • Micrometers
  • Coating thickness gauges
  • Sonic testers
 Non destructive examination equipment
  • Ultrasonic flaw detectors
  • Ultrasonic thickness gauges
 Indicating and recording instruments
  • Force gauges
  • Torque testers
 Humidity and moisture measuring instruments
  • Dew point meters
  • Textile moisture meters
 Liquid and solid and elemental analyzers
  • Total organic carbon TOC analyzers
 Metals and metallurgy and structural materials testing instruments
  • Durometers
  • Adhesion testers
  • Bolt tension meters
  • Tension meters
  • Vibration meters
 Spectroscopic equipment
  • Ultraviolet spectroscopes
  • Mass spectrometers
  • Absorbance spectrophotometers
  • Fluorescence spectrophotometers
 Chromatographic measuring instruments and accessories
  • Gas chromatographs
  • High performance liquid chromatography systems
  • Autosamplers
  • Personal computers
 Duplicating machines
  • Copy machines
  • Laser facsimile machines
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
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The technologies listed below include machines, equipment, tools, and software that is useful for individuals who are interested in this career.
 Business function specific software
  • Microsoft ProjectHOT
  • Microsoft SharePointHOT
  • Microsoft OfficeHOT
 Content authoring and editing software
  • Microsoft VisioHOT
  • SmugMug FlickrHOT
  • Microsoft WordHOT
  • Word processing software
  • Microsoft PowerPointHOT
  • Microsoft ExcelHOT
  • Spreadsheet software
 Content management software
  • Atlassian JIRAHOT
  • Adobe Systems Adobe AcrobatHOT
 Data management and query software
  • Relational database management softwareHOT
  • SAP BusinessObjects Crystal Reports
  • Data entry softwareHOT
  • FileMaker Pro
  • Microsoft AccessHOT
  • Microsoft SQL ServerHOT
  • Structured query language SQLHOT
  • dBASE
  • Microsoft Internet Information Service IIS
 Development software
  • C
  • Microsoft Visual BasicHOT
  • National Instruments LabVIEWHOT
  • Extensible markup language XMLHOT
  • Borland SilkTest
  • Code profilers
  • Hewlett Packard LoadRunner
  • Hewlett Packard QuickTest Professional
  • IBM Rational Functional Tester
  • IBM Rational Robot
  • Micro Focus TestPartner
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Test Professional
  • Parasoft SOAtest
  • SeleniumHOT
  • SeleniumHQ
  • SmartBear Software AutomatedQA TestComplete
  • Watir
  • Hypertext markup language HTMLHOT
  • JavaScriptHOT
  • Microsoft ASP.NETHOT
 Industry specific software
  • LabWare LIMS
  • Laboratory information management system LIMS
  • MinitabHOT
  • Test automation software
  • The MathWorks MATLABHOT
 Network applications software
  • Eko
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
 Information exchange software
  • IBM NotesHOT
  • Microsoft OutlookHOT
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
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The certifications listed below are useful to pursue if you are interested in a career in this field.
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All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
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Virginia Western Community College
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