Quality: Salary, Job Description, How To Become One, and Job Types

Quality Engineer

Nuclear Quality

Next to safety, quality within the nuclear industry is of paramount important and in a lot of ways differentiates the UK nuclear industry from many other sectors. In fact, quality is inextricably linked the safety and you will often hear the terms EHSQ, QHSE and other derivatives of Health, Safety, Quality and Environment to designate a single function. 

Salary: xxxxx per year

Job Satisfaction: Very High

Transferability: Very High

Education: Degree 

Job Growth: High

Personality: xxxx

Job Description

Next to safety, quality within the nuclear industry is of paramount important and in a lot of ways differentiates the UK nuclear industry from many other sectors. In fact, quality is inextricably linked the safety and you will often hear the terms EHSQ, QHSE and other derivatives of Health, Safety, Quality and Environment to designate a single function. 

 

The time, effort and skills that goes into ensuring the quality of anything that is produced for the industry is the main reason why the costs of projects in the industry have had a tendency to increase and the duration's extend. This can be analysed in two ways; firstly there is the need to ensure that quality is inherent in anything that is used in the industry - we do not want to question the integrity of a stainless steel section of a grapple that is carrying a 55te flask that is holding raw nuclear material! Secondly, a conversely the industry of late is being challenged more and more to question some of the onerous quality requirements to reduce lead times and costs of projects. 

 

It should be noted here that none of these challenges are to the detriment of the overall integrity of the solution being provided. Quality is something that the UK Nuclear Industry is world class and should be very proud and should never put into disrepute. 

 

So, what roles are there available in the UK nuclear industry? This is easiest understood by breaking the function down into two distinct areas Quality Assurance and Quality Control.

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Salary

Average Salary

$56,000 (£40,000)

Average Hourly Rate

$42.25 (£30.00)

One of the most popular questions we get from our readers here is how much do Quality Engineers make per year and their hourly wage.

The average is around £40,000 (typically between £30,000 and £65,000) with a top earners bringing home above £110,000 per year. 

Additionally, if you are willing and able to move location you could find a pay rise by moving to a higher profile project in the nuclear new build or nuclear defence segments of the nuclear industry.

 

Find out more at our 'how much do quality engineers earn' page.  

Requirements

Most of the job advertisements will state a requirement for a degree-level education and relevant Quality related qualification. Due to the nature of the work, relevant experience, in a regulated industry will go a long way to you landing a role regardless of your education level. 

Read our 'how to become a quality engineer' page.

Pros and Cons

Here are some of the pros and cons of being a quality engineer.

PROS

  • No one day is ever the same.

  • Very people-centric role.

  • Satisfaction of bringing together diverse people to solve complex problems.

CONS

  • Can be difficult to manage many aspects of the work at any one time.

  • Not always the most popular member of the team, especially if putting work on hold that doesn't need the required standards.

What Is The Job Like

Job Satisfaction

Very High

Is this job meaningful

Very High

"A typical day starts by interacting with the people in the project in which I am working making in clear what is planned for the day. We then get on with doing what we planned to do which can be quite variable, depending upon the stage of the project. Interactions will range from site inspections, risk reviews, progress updates or planning future works."

Is this right for me

Best Personality for this career.

You can read more on Personality Type here (coming soon). 

People who are suitable for this job have an eye for detail and hold much pride in their work. They are a team player but do not shy away from difficult conversations if standards are not met.

They also like following set procedures and routines. They like working with data and details more than with ideas.

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