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Working As A Manager, Quality Control Laboratory

  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $89,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Manager, Quality Control Laboratory Do

Industrial production managers oversee the daily operations of manufacturing and related plants. They coordinate, plan, and direct the activities used to create a wide range of goods, such as cars, computer equipment, or paper products.

Duties

Industrial production managers typically do the following:

  • Decide how best to use a plant’s workers and equipment to meet production goals
  • Ensure that production stays on schedule and within budget
  • Hire, train, and evaluate workers
  • Analyze production data
  • Write production reports
  • Monitor a plant’s workers to ensure they meet performance and safety requirements
  • Streamline the production process
  • Determine whether new machines are needed or whether overtime work is necessary
  • Fix any production problems

Industrial production managers, also called plant managers, may oversee an entire manufacturing plant or a specific area of production.

Industrial production managers are responsible for carrying out quality control programs to make sure the finished product meets a specific level of quality. Often called quality control systems managers, these managers use programs to help identify defects in products, identify the cause of the defect, and solve the problem creating it. For example, a manager may determine that a defect is being caused by parts from an outside supplier. The manager can then work with the supplier to improve the quality of the parts.

Industrial production managers work closely with managers from other departments as well. For example, the procurement (buying) department orders the supplies that the production department uses. A breakdown in communication between these two departments can cause production slowdowns. Industrial production managers also communicate with other managers and departments, such as sales, warehousing, and research and design.

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How To Become A Manager, Quality Control Laboratory

Industrial production managers typically need a bachelor’s degree and several years of related work experience.

Education

Employers prefer managers have at least a bachelor’s degree. While the degree may be in any field, many industrial production managers have a bachelor’s degree in business administration or industrial engineering. Sometimes, production workers with many years of experience take management classes and become a production manager. At large plants, where managers have more oversight responsibilities, employers may look for managers who have a Master's of Business Administration (MBA) or a graduate degree in industrial management.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many industrial production managers begin as production workers and move up through the ranks. They usually advance to a first-line supervisory position before eventually being selected for management. Most earn a college degree in business management or take company-sponsored classes to increase their chances of a promotion.

Production managers who join a firm immediately after graduating from college sometimes work as first-line supervisors before beginning their jobs as production managers.

Some managers begin working at a company directly after college or graduate school. They may spend their first few months in training programs, becoming familiar with the production process, company policies, and safety regulations. In large companies, many also spend short periods of time working in other departments, such as purchasing or accounting, to learn more about the company.

Important Qualities

Interpersonal skills. Industrial production managers must have excellent communication skills so they can work with managers from other departments, as well as with the company’s senior-level management.

Leadership skills. To keep the production process running smoothly, industrial production managers must motivate and direct the employees they manage.

Problem-solving skills. Production managers must be able to identify problems immediately and solve them. For example, if a product has a defect, the manager determines whether it is a onetime problem or the result of the production process.

Time-management skills. To meet production deadlines, managers must carefully manage their employees’ time as well as their own.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

While not required, industrial production managers can earn certifications that show a higher level of competency in quality or management systems. The Association for Operations Management offers a Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) credential. The American Society for Quality offers credentials in quality control. Both certifications require specific amounts of work experience before applying for the credential, so they are generally not earned before entering the occupation.

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Average Length of Employment
Laboratory Manager 4.0 years
Quality Supervisor 3.8 years
Top Careers Before Manager, Quality Control Laboratory
Manager 7.1%
Supervisor 5.6%
Chemist 5.6%
Associate 4.6%
Specialist 4.1%
Top Careers After Manager, Quality Control Laboratory
Manager 7.1%
Consultant 5.2%
Chemist 3.2%

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Top Skills for A Manager, Quality Control Laboratory

  1. QC
  2. Analytical Methods
  3. Raw Materials
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained QC testing records, analyzed and generated certificates of analysis of vendors and company products.
  • Improved existing analytical methods to reduce testing time and cost.
  • Developed new and improved products utilizing existing and new raw materials.
  • Created SOPs for laboratory procedures, created training manuals and technician evaluation instruments...
  • Managed day-to-day manufacturing/production support in USA and Malaysia for reducing costs and continuous improvement in product quality.

Manager, Quality Control Laboratory Demographics

Gender

Male

58.6%

Female

28.8%

Unknown

12.6%
Ethnicity

White

58.7%

Hispanic or Latino

12.2%

Asian

11.8%

Black or African American

11.0%

Unknown

6.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

German

21.4%

Chinese

14.3%

Mandarin

7.1%

Russian

7.1%
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Manager, Quality Control Laboratory Education

Schools

Hofstra University

8.9%

Temple University

6.7%

University of Phoenix

6.7%

Purdue University

6.7%

University of Scranton

4.4%

University of Florida

4.4%

Washington State University

4.4%

Florida International University

4.4%

Texas Tech University

4.4%

Webster University

4.4%

University of Akron

4.4%

Seton Hall University

4.4%

University of Missouri - Columbia

4.4%

Cairn University

4.4%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.4%

University of Cincinnati

4.4%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.4%

Pratt Institute-Main

4.4%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

4.4%

Western Connecticut State University

4.4%
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Majors

Chemistry

32.5%

Biology

15.2%

Business

10.6%

Chemical Engineering

6.0%

Medical Technician

4.6%

Pharmacy

3.3%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

3.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.3%

Food Science

3.3%

Microbiology

2.6%

Finance

2.0%

Materials Science And Engineering

2.0%

Photography

2.0%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.3%

Animal Science

1.3%

Computer Information Systems

1.3%

Culinary Arts

1.3%

Mathematics

1.3%

Applied Mathematics

1.3%

Anthropology

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.1%

Masters

29.5%

Other

10.6%

Doctorate

7.7%

Associate

4.3%

Certificate

3.9%

Diploma

1.9%

License

1.0%
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