Before a QA/QC Engineer starts his or her work on a newly opened project he or she must initially take the time to read the important project documents constituted on the project.
The QA/QC Engineer shall ask the documents from his Quality Manager if no any documents available at his or her hand.
The QA/QC Engineer may also approach the project document controller to request a copy of important company documents, that he or she needs to study.
Here are the important documents that a QA/QC Engineer must read before the start of the project:
The specification is a set of requirements or detailed description of work to be done, materials to be used in a project.
It is given to the contractor from the employer on the tendering period. It is filed in the document controller office ready for any site staff to request a copy.
These project documents shall be the first one to read by the QA/QC Engineer. It is a daily partner of a qa/qc engineer, and you can imagine how the construction specification could help you build a huge project by just following this document.
2. Project Quality Plan
A plan that describes the responsibilities, functions, and procedures to be followed in a project, to meet the project’s quality control requirements.
The Project Quality Plan shall be made by the Quality Manager of the project and it shall be submitted to the Engineers for approval before the commencements of any activity on site. It is a guide-book of a project.
3. Construction Drawings
This is a plan or sketches of the project. The QA/QC Engineer must read and study the drawings carefully.
The drawing has four categories, Structural, Architectural, Electrical, Mechanical including Heating Ventilation and Air-conditioning ( HVAC ).
Why it is said “carefully” because in the general notes it is sometimes written there the most important requirements especially in the structural drawing. Highlight the most important lines to easily trackback when you want to read it again.
4. Scope of Works
Scope of works is a document of the detailed activity and material to be used in a project. You should also consider reading this project document so you’ll have an idea of what your project is all about.
The scope of work document can be requested from your technical manager, he has this document in hand.
5. Bill of Quantity or BOQ
This also one of the important project documents that you should try reading before you start work. The bill of quantity is the detailed list of materials that your construction team has to be installed on site. It also includes the pricing of each material and its lumpsum price.
You can get this document from the quantity surveying department of your project. I also discussed this matter in the quality engineers academy.
So, if you read your bill of quantity, you will have a clear idea of what materials are you going to install and eventually inspect. A quality engineer should read this bill of the quantity project document.
6. Quality Procedure
This is document also shows the procedure of inspection, where the inspection starts, and when it will be completed and approved. So, an engineer should read this carefully because this also a guide of a quality procedure in a project.
7. Quality Policy and Quality Objective
These documents are the quality policy and quality objectives of your company. You should take the time to read and post it on your office. So, as a qa/qc engineer, you have to keep and maintain these documents as these are sometimes asked in the 3rd-party audit.
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