Validation Engineers
SOC: 17-2199.02


Design or plan protocols for equipment or processes to produce products meeting internal and external purity, safety, and quality requirements.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
136,900 employed

Projected (2024):
142,300 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Corporate Quality Engineer
  • Corporate Quality Manager
  • Equipment Engineer
  • Equipment Validation Engineer
  • Equipment Validation Specialist
  • Process Development Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Qualification Engineer
  • Quality and Reliability Engineer
  • Quality Assurance Engineer
  • Quality Control Engineer
  • Quality Coordinator
  • Quality Director
  • Quality Engineer
  • Quality Specialist
  • Reliability Engineer
  • Site Reliability Engineer
  • Supplier Quality Engineer
  • System Validation Engineer
  • Validation Engineer
  • Validation Specialist

  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed


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


    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

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

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Conduct validation or qualification tests of new or existing processes, equipment, or software in accordance with internal protocols or external standards.
  • Design validation study features, such as sampling, testing, or analytical methodologies.
  • Develop validation master plans, process flow diagrams, test cases, or standard operating procedures.
  • Prepare validation or performance qualification protocols for new or modified manufacturing processes, systems, or equipment for pharmaceutical, electronics, or other types of production.
  • Analyze validation test data to determine whether systems or processes have met validation criteria or to identify root causes of production problems.
  • Conduct audits of validation or performance qualification processes to ensure compliance with internal or regulatory requirements.
  • Create, populate, or maintain databases for tracking validation activities, test results, or validated systems.
  • Direct validation activities, such as protocol creation or testing.
  • Draw samples of raw materials, or intermediate and finished products for validation testing.
  • Identify deviations from established product or process standards and provide recommendations for resolving deviations.
  • Prepare detailed reports or design statements based on results of validation and qualification tests or reviews of procedures and protocols.
  • Procure or devise automated lab validation test stations or other test fixtures and equipment.
  • Resolve testing problems by modifying testing methods or revising test objectives and standards.
  • Study product characteristics or customer requirements and confer with management to determine validation objectives and standards.
  • Assist in training equipment operators or other staff on validation protocols and standard operating procedures.
  • Communicate with regulatory agencies regarding compliance documentation or validation results.
  • Coordinate the implementation or scheduling of validation testing with affected departments and personnel.
  • Maintain validation test equipment.
  • Participate in internal or external training programs to maintain knowledge of validation principles, industry trends, or novel technologies.
  • Prepare, maintain, or review validation and compliance documentation, such as engineering change notices, schematics, or protocols.
  • Plan or conduct validation testing of alternative energy products, such as synthetic jet fuels or energy storage systems, such as fuel cells.
  • Validate or characterize sustainable or environmentally friendly products, using electronic testing platforms.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Flow sensors
  • Gel electrophoresis systems
  • In-target probes ITP
  • Logic analyzers
  • Multimeters
  • Network protocol analyzers
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Pressure sensors
  • Programmable logic controllers PLC
  • Protocol analyzers
  • Spectrophotometers
  • Spectrum analyzers
  • Tektronix Communications Network & Service Analyzer NSA
  • Thermal validation systems
  • Apache Cassandra
  • Apache HTTP Server
  • Apache Subversion
  • Bugzilla
  • C
  • C++
  • Cadence Incisive Enterprise Specman Elite Testbench
  • Cadence Incisive software
  • Email software
  • EMC Documentum
  • Extensible markup language XML
  • GE Intelligent Platforms Proficy HMI/SCADA iFIX
  • Git
  • Hewlett Packard QuickTest Professional
  • IBM Notes
  • IBM Rational ClearQuest
  • IndySoft Gage InSite Enterprise
  • JavaScript
  • Laboratory information management system LIMS software
  • Linux
  • Logic simulators
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Visual C#
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Word
  • Minitab software
  • MySQL software
  • Nagios
  • National Instruments LabVIEW
  • Oracle Java
  • Practical extraction and reporting language Perl
  • Project management software
  • Puppet
  • Python
  • QUALCOMM eXtensible Diagnostic Monitor QxDM
  • Shell script
  • Simulation program with integrated circuit emphasis SPICE
  • Simulation software
  • Sparta Systems TrackWise
  • Splunk Enterprise
  • Statistical software
  • Structure query language SQL
  • Synopsys software
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • UNIX
  • Verilog
  • Very high speed integrated circuit VHSIC hardware definition language VHDL
  • Windows kernel debuggers

  • architecture and engineering

    industry stats

    SOC: 17-0000

    Total Employed: 2,475,390

    Average Annual Salary: $82,980