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Working As A Lead Quality Engineer

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • $101,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead Quality Engineer Do

Industrial engineers find ways to eliminate wastefulness in production processes. They devise efficient systems that integrate workers, machines, materials, information, and energy to make a product or provide a service.

Duties

Industrial engineers typically do the following:

  • Review production schedules, engineering specifications, process flows, and other information to understand methods that are applied and activities that take place in manufacturing and services
  • Figure out how to manufacture parts or products, or deliver services, with maximum efficiency
  • Develop management control systems to make financial planning and cost analysis more efficient
  • Enact quality control procedures to resolve production problems or minimize costs
  • Design control systems to coordinate activities and production planning in order to ensure that products meet quality standards
  • Confer with clients about product specifications, vendors about purchases, management personnel about manufacturing capabilities, and staff about the status of projects

Industrial engineers apply their skills to many different situations, from manufacturing to healthcare systems to business administration. For example, they design systems for

  • moving heavy parts within manufacturing plants
  • delivering goods from a company to customers, including finding the most profitable places to locate manufacturing or processing plants
  • evaluating job performance
  • paying workers

Industrial engineers focus on how to get the work done most efficiently, balancing many factors, such as time, number of workers needed, available technology, actions workers need to take, achieving the end product with no errors, workers’ safety, environmental concerns, and cost.

To find ways to reduce waste and improve performance, industrial engineers study product requirements carefully. Then they use mathematical methods and models to design manufacturing and information systems to meet those requirements most efficiently.

Their versatility allows industrial engineers to engage in activities that are useful to a variety of businesses, governments, and nonprofits. For example, industrial engineers engage in supply chain management to help businesses minimize inventory costs, conduct quality assurance activities to help businesses keep their customer bases satisfied, and work in the growing field of project management as industries across the economy seek to control costs and maximize efficiencies.

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How To Become A Lead Quality Engineer

Industrial engineers must have a bachelor’s degree. Employers also value experience, so cooperative education engineering programs at universities are also valuable.

Education

Industrial engineers need a bachelor’s degree, typically in industrial engineering. However, many industrial engineers have degrees in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, manufacturing engineering, industrial engineering technology, or general engineering. Students interested in studying industrial engineering should take high school courses in mathematics, such as algebra, trigonometry, and calculus; computer science; and sciences such as chemistry and physics.

Bachelor’s degree programs include lectures in classrooms and practice in laboratories. Courses include statistics, production systems planning, and manufacturing systems design, among others. Many colleges and universities offer cooperative education programs in which students gain practical experience while completing their education.

A few colleges and universities offer 5-year degree programs in industrial engineering that lead to a bachelor’s and master’s degree upon completion, and several more offer similar programs in mechanical engineering. A graduate degree allows an engineer to work as a professor at a college or university or to engage in research and development. Some 5-year or even 6-year cooperative education plans combine classroom study with practical work, permitting students to gain experience and to finance part of their education.

Programs in industrial engineering are accredited by ABET.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Industrial engineers use creativity and ingenuity to design new production processes in many kinds of settings in order to reduce the use of material resources, time, or labor while accomplishing the same goal.

Critical-thinking skills. Industrial engineers create new systems to solve problems related to waste and inefficiency. Solving these problems requires logic and reasoning to identify strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to the problems.

Listening skills. These engineers often operate in teams, but they also must solicit feedback from customers, vendors, and production staff. They must listen to customers and clients in order to fully grasp ideas and problems the first time.

Math skills. Industrial engineers use the principles of calculus, trigonometry, and other advanced topics in mathematics for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Problem-solving skills. In designing facilities for manufacturing and processes for providing services, these engineers deal with several issues at once, from workers’ safety to quality assurance.

Speaking skills. Industrial engineers sometimes have to explain their instructions to production staff or technicians before they can make written instructions available. Being able to explain concepts clearly and quickly is crucial to preventing costly mistakes and loss of time.

Writing skills. Industrial engineers must prepare documentation for other engineers or scientists, or for future reference. The documentation must be coherent and explain their thinking clearly so that the others can understand the information.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as an industrial engineer. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience, typically at least 4 years
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial FE exam can be taken after one earns a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam are commonly called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.

Several states require engineers to take continuing education in order to keep their licenses. Most states recognize licenses from other states, as long as the other state’s licensing requirements meet or exceed their own licensing requirements.

Advancement

Beginning industrial engineers usually work under the supervision of experienced engineers. In large companies, new engineers also may receive formal training in classes or seminars. As beginning engineers gain knowledge and experience, they move on to more difficult projects with greater independence to develop designs, solve problems, and make decisions.

Eventually, industrial engineers may advance to become technical specialists, such as quality engineers or facility planners. In that role, they supervise a team of engineers and technicians. Obtaining a master’s degree facilitates such specialization and thus advancement.

Many industrial engineers move into management positions because the work they do is closely related to the work of managers. For more information, see the profile on architectural and engineering managers.

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Average Length of Employment
Quality Manager 4.1 years
Quality Supervisor 3.8 years
Quality Engineer 3.3 years
Top Careers Before Lead Quality Engineer
Engineer 2.6%
Internship 2.0%
Top Careers After Lead Quality Engineer
Consultant 2.2%
Engineer 2.1%

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Average Yearly Salary
$101,000
View Detailed Salary Report
$78,000
Min 10%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Median 50%
$101,000
Median 50%
$130,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Macy's
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Maine
Avg Experience Level
3.5 years
How much does a Lead Quality Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Lead Quality Engineer in the United States is $101,329 per year or $49 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $78,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $130,000.

Real Lead Quality Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Quality Lead Engineer Brunel Energy, Inc. Houston, TX Nov 20, 2009 $200,000
Lead Quality Engineer Bigcommerce, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 01, 2015 $170,000 -
$175,000
Lead Quality Engineer Bigcommerce, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 04, 2016 $170,000
Lead Quality Engineer Bigcommerce, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 27, 2015 $165,000 -
$175,000
Lead Quality Engineer Bigcommerce, Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 04, 2016 $165,000
Lead Quality Engineer Ruckus Wireless Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Dec 05, 2014 $150,000
Lead Quality Engineer Ruckus Wireless Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jul 26, 2013 $150,000
Lead Quality Engineer Bigcommerce, Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 04, 2016 $140,000
Lead Quality Automation Engineer Bayone Solutions Sunnyvale, CA Oct 20, 2014 $140,000
Lead Quality Engineer General Electric Company-GE Global Research Cent San Ramon, CA Nov 25, 2013 $137,000
Lead Quality Engineer MacYs.com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 28, 2015 $134,638
Lead Quality Engineer Bigcommerce, Inc. San Francisco, CA Dec 15, 2016 $130,000 -
$150,000
Lead Quality Engineer Cvent Inc. McLean, VA Jun 24, 2016 $127,379
Lead, QA Engineering Deem, Inc. Secaucus, NJ Jun 17, 2015 $125,400 -
$153,200
Business Leader, Quality Engineering Mastercard International Incorporated OFallon, MO Aug 08, 2016 $112,029 -
$168,600
Lead UI Quality Engineer General Electric Company-Global Research Center San Ramon, CA Apr 22, 2013 $110,000
Quality Engineer Lead Blue Rose Technologies LLC San Diego, CA May 18, 2016 $110,000
Quality Engineer-Automation Test Lead Ads Alliance Data Systems, Inc. Columbus, OH Oct 14, 2016 $110,000
Lead Quality Engineer NIKE, Inc. Beaverton, OR May 03, 2016 $107,725
Lead Quality Engineer NIKE, Inc. Beaverton, OR Jan 18, 2016 $107,725
Quality Engineers, Lead (IT) CSAA Insurance Services, Inc. Glendale, AZ Oct 25, 2016 $105,934 -
$127,200
Quality Engineer Lead Adobe Systems Incorporated New York, NY May 06, 2013 $103,445
Lead Quality Engineer Thomson Reuters U.S. Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 27, 2011 $91,200
Engineer, Supply Quality (Lead/Senior) Iberdrola Renewables, Inc. Portland, OR Mar 01, 2010 $91,000
Lead Quality Engineer Webs, Inc. (Subsidiary of Cimpress USA, Incorporat Silver Spring, MD Mar 31, 2016 $90,000 -
$105,000
Lead Quality Engineer Vistaprint USA, Incorporated Lexington, MA Jan 19, 2015 $90,000 -
$120,000
Lead Quality Engineer Vistaprint USA, Incorporated Lexington, MA Jul 29, 2013 $90,000 -
$100,000
Lead Quality Engineer Vistaprint USA, Incorporated Lexington, MA Jan 26, 2015 $90,000 -
$120,000
Mobile Lead Quality Engineer Cvent, Inc. Tysons Corner, VA Feb 27, 2015 $89,669

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Top Skills for A Lead Quality Engineer

  1. Product Quality
  2. Supplier Quality
  3. Test Cases
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided weekly reports to stakeholders informing test execution status, product quality and release readiness.
  • Lead critical Supplier quality issues for timely resolution and monitored the effectiveness of incoming quality control system by implementing receiving inspection.
  • Test automation with Selenium-RC with progressive aggregation of test cases under automation management.
  • Developed and/or implemented quality procedures to improve business process as required.
  • Identified component integrity and equipment deficiency to ensure corrective actions and modifications meet specification and documentation is compliant with requirements.

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  1. California
  2. Washington
  3. Massachusetts
  4. Colorado
  5. Arizona
  6. Rhode Island
  7. New Hampshire
  8. Wyoming
  9. Michigan
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Lead Quality Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

68.7%

Female

22.7%

Unknown

8.6%
Ethnicity

White

57.1%

Asian

14.3%

Hispanic or Latino

14.0%

Black or African American

10.3%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

44.4%

Mandarin

11.1%

Portuguese

7.4%

Japanese

7.4%

French

7.4%

Arabic

7.4%

Italian

7.4%

German

3.7%

Korean

3.7%
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Lead Quality Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.8%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

8.8%

San Jose State University

6.2%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

6.2%

Michigan Technological University

4.4%

University of Kentucky

4.4%

Kettering University

4.4%

University of Louisville

4.4%

Pennsylvania State University

4.4%

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

4.4%

University of Central Florida

3.5%

Ohio State University

3.5%

Drexel University

3.5%

Johns Hopkins University

3.5%

University of Houston

3.5%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

3.5%

Clemson University

3.5%

Northeastern University

3.5%

More Tech Institute

3.5%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

3.5%
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Majors

Business

22.7%

Mechanical Engineering

14.2%

Electrical Engineering

9.6%

Industrial Engineering

7.2%

Computer Science

5.9%

Industrial Technology

4.9%

Engineering And Industrial Management

4.2%

Management

3.6%

Computer Engineering

3.2%

Project Management

3.0%

Engineering

2.8%

Computer Information Systems

2.8%

Manufacturing Engineering

2.5%

Chemical Engineering

2.5%

Physics

2.3%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.1%

Information Technology

1.9%

Chemistry

1.7%

Operations Management

1.5%

Engineering Technology

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.4%

Masters

33.2%

Other

13.3%

Associate

5.0%

Certificate

2.7%

Doctorate

1.5%

Diploma

0.9%
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