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QA/QC Civil Engineering

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QA/QC Civil Engineering:

The Duties and Responsibilities of a QA/QC Engineer:

  • Perform all daily inspection and test of the scope and character necessary to achieve the quality of construction required in the drawings and specifications for all works under the contract performed ON or OFF site.
  • Cary out inspection and checking for all quality related procedures in the site and ensures activity at the site are as per approved method statement and inspection test plan.
  • Coordinate with the consultant’s representative and Site En-charge for inspection and meeting about quality problems including the closure of Non-Compliance Report.
  • Report to the QA/QC Manager, control, and monitor all activities related to Quality Management System, QMS.
  • Taking care of QA/QC documents of the entire project including certificates, calibration, test results, inspection requests, non-compliance reports and site instruction/observations, permanent materials delivered and other QA/QC documents. Responsible for the closure of Non-conformance, NCR and Site Instruction, SI.
  • Responsible for the quality and workmanship of every activity, thorough knowledge of all phases of engineering construction relating to Civil, Architectural and Structural discipline interfacing the multidisciplinary operations.
  • Develop method statement for the activity including risk assessment and job safety environmental analysis and Inspection Test Plan and Checklist based on specifications of the project.
  • Carry out Internal Audit at the site as scheduled in the Project Quality Plan, PQP.
  • Liaise the Technical Engineer for submission of material submittals to Consultant.
  • Organize, implement, conduct and manage the QA/QC Programs as per the Company's Quality Policy.
  • Coordinate the document controls of technical submittals, drawings, etc with the Project Team and to ensure that the QA/QC validation has been done, to ensure their issue, amendments and recall of controlled documents.
  • Coordinate all inspections, monitor the required tests and record inspections and tests made pas the Contract Plan and Contract Specifications.
  • Liaise with the Client's representatives for the conduct of day-to-day quality related project activities.
  • Coordinate with the Project Manager regarding work performance and hold authority to stop work in any area where discrepancies remain uncorrected and/or cancel the stop work order upon satisfactory correction of noted deficiencies.
  • Provide technical support to the Project Manager and guidance to site staff in submission of materials for approval, request for inspection, shop drawings, As-built drawings, O & M manual.
  • Assist QA/QC Manager in conducting internal quality audits.
  • Ensure that Non-Conformance Report (NCR) are raised once the activities deviated from the Contract Specifications or normal construction industry practices.
  • Coordinate with the project staff to compile and maintain pertinent records of inspection and testing until end of the contract and all pertinent records for retention on completion of the project.
  • Attend Monthly Project Review Meetings (PRM) and alert the project team of any potential problems.

The Most Common Responsibilities of a QA/QC Civil Engineer:

1. Review the Material Technical Data Sheet

Every material data sheet of the material to be supplied to the project that has to be read by a quality engineer. Especially when the material is about to submit to the Engineer or Consultant, it must have to be reviewed properly because sometimes the properties of material do not comply with the requirement of the specification, then that would probably be rejected and will cause a waste of time and eventually create delays. It might even better if you will prepare a comparison sheet before you finally submit the material to the Engineer.

2. Preparation of Method Statement
A QA/QC Engineer shall develop a method statement for the particular work on the site. He will make sure that it is submitted to the Consultant or Engineer and should be approved prior to starting the job on the site. The QA/QC Engineer shall prepare the method statement ahead of schedule for the jobs and consider making a plan for all the method statements preparation and submission.
3. Review Method Statement approval or comments of the Engineer and take action
When you received the approval or comments on the method statement the quality engineer will review it, any corrective action in the comments shall be immediately complied and eventually revert back for final approval. Do not keep the comments on your hand for a long period of time because the construction team cannot proceed the works until method statement is finalized.
4. Submit Inspection Request for Engineers Inspection
Inspection request shall be submitted to the Engineer for approval of a certain job before you can proceed with the succeeding work. You shall make sure that the job to be inspected is completed so that there will be no revisions or rejection of the inspection. The job will be inspected after 24 hours the Inspection Request is submitted so, always be reminded of that matter because the Engineer will not accept any outright request for inspection.
You shall make sure that the Inspection and Test Plan is approved before raising an inspection request.
5. Issue Internal NCR or Site Observation
You can issue an internal nonconformance report and site observation to the subcontractors and site construction team. Before issuing an NCR to the concern trades make sure you issue first the site observation report, give them at least 72 hours to take action, but before that they should submit the corrective action and if after 72 hours there is no action then you may issue an NCR.
If you do not want to feel like you are cruel to them you may give verbal instruction or advice and if they will not take urgent action from your advice then you may proceed to issue site observation.
6. Conduct regular Site Surveillance
As a quality engineer make a routine to conduct site surveillance, you may schedule it for your own like every day or every other day. You might ask why “site surveillance?” This is to check if the works on site are moving as per drawing, as per material approved, as per method statement and as per quality control procedure. And the safety of people doing the works, you have a right to stop them from doing unsafe work, though it is Safety Officers in-charge to do it.
7. Prepare QA/QC Reports
The quality engineer shall prepare a QA/QC weekly report. You shall state all the activities that you performed in the past week and critical issues that you have noticed. The documents submitted and to be submitted shall also be included in your report.
A monthly report shall be prepared by a quality engineer but, this is just project case basis. If you are to be involved in a huge project like billion worth of project, then it’s not you will prepare the monthly report.
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