Quality Assurance Chemists are responsible for ensuring compliance with a QA program based upon regulatory requirements and industry standards such as those published by the EPA, NELAC, ASTM, and API. They typically work in petroleum laboratories studying and validating internal and external laboratory data, reviewing and approving corrective actions, and authoring standard operating procedures. Quality Assurance Chemists must also assist the QA Officer in processing laboratory corrective actions and follow-up monitoring of the corrective action process to ensure that open reports are responded to in a timely fashion. They should have the ability to serve as a back-up QA Officer if necessary.
Quality Assurance Chemists must have direct experience using Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) or similar data management systems for storing, retrieving, validating, and reporting analytical results. QA Chemists should also have a working knowledge of archiving data to the appropriate standards utilized by the pipeline company. They may sometimes be required to travel to remote field laboratory locations.