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Working As A Manager, 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

  • $109,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Manager, 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 Manager, 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 Manager, Quality Engineer
Manager 2.7%
Top Careers After Manager, Quality Engineer
Manager 2.4%
Consultant 2.4%

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Manager, Quality Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

79.1%

Female

13.3%

Unknown

7.6%
Ethnicity

White

61.9%

Hispanic or Latino

13.4%

Asian

10.2%

Black or African American

10.1%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.7%

German

9.4%

Chinese

7.5%

Japanese

7.5%

French

7.5%

Mandarin

5.7%

Korean

3.8%

Comanche

1.9%

Portuguese

1.9%

Vietnamese

1.9%

Turkish

1.9%

Cantonese

1.9%

Tongan

1.9%

Dakota

1.9%

Carrier

1.9%

Arabic

1.9%

Tamil

1.9%

Italian

1.9%
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Manager, Quality Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.9%

Purdue University

9.7%

Michigan State University

6.3%

San Jose State University

6.3%

Pennsylvania State University

5.3%

Ohio State University

4.7%

Northeastern University

4.7%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

4.4%

Wayne State University

3.8%

Tennessee Technological University

3.8%

Drexel University

3.8%

University of Cincinnati

3.5%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.5%

University of Texas at Austin

3.1%

Grand Valley State University

3.1%

University of New Haven

3.1%

Western Michigan University

3.1%

Colorado State University

3.1%

University of Alabama

2.8%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

2.8%
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Majors

Business

25.7%

Mechanical Engineering

12.5%

Electrical Engineering

10.1%

Industrial Engineering

6.4%

Management

5.2%

Engineering

4.5%

Industrial Technology

4.4%

Computer Science

3.9%

Engineering And Industrial Management

3.8%

Chemical Engineering

3.3%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.6%

Operations Management

2.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.2%

Manufacturing Engineering

2.0%

Project Management

2.0%

Finance

2.0%

Chemistry

1.7%

Physics

1.3%

Statistics

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.1%

Masters

31.0%

Other

13.8%

Associate

5.3%

Certificate

3.2%

Doctorate

1.8%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.0%
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
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How much does a Manager, Quality Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Manager, Quality Engineer in the United States is $109,638 per year or $53 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $83,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $144,000.

Real Manager, Quality Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Manager, Quality Engineering Salesforce.com San Francisco, CA Jul 14, 2015 $188,822
Engineering Quality Manager Intel Corporation Santa Clara, CA Aug 17, 2015 $187,970 -
$242,676
Senior Manager of Quality Engineering Nutanix, Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 20, 2016 $185,000 -
$220,000
Manager, Quality Engineering Salesforce.com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 11, 2015 $163,764
Manager-Quality Engineering Vmware, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Nov 14, 2016 $162,700
Senior Manager, Software Quality Engineering Ascend Learning, LLC Walnut Creek, CA Nov 10, 2016 $161,551
Senior Manager, Quality Engineering Trinet Hr Corporation San Leandro, CA May 05, 2016 $160,784 -
$180,784
Quality Engineering Manager Nicira, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Nov 23, 2015 $160,000
Senior Manager, Software Quality Engineering Ascend Learning LLC Walnut Creek, CA Jul 27, 2015 $159,806
Manager, Quality Assurance Engineering Riverbed Technology, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Dec 15, 2016 $159,099 -
$180,000
Manager, Quality Engineering Clearslide, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 18, 2015 $155,000
Manager, Quality Engineering Clearslide, Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 07, 2015 $155,000
Manager, Quality Engineering Inmarsat Solutions (Us) Inc. Palm Bay, FL Oct 21, 2015 $153,171
Quality Engineer Manager Saavn, LLC Mountain View, CA Oct 03, 2016 $142,400
Quality Engineering Manager Docusign, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 25, 2016 $141,835 -
$195,000
Quality Engineering Manager Docusign, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 18, 2016 $141,835 -
$201,200
Manager Software Engineering, Quality Salesforce.com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2015 $140,550
Manager Quality Assurance (QA) Engineering Informatica Corporation Redwood City, CA Jun 25, 2015 $140,005
Manager, Quality Engineering Salesforce.com San Francisco, CA Dec 23, 2015 $140,005
Manager, Quality Engineering Salesforce.com San Francisco, CA Jan 10, 2015 $140,005
Manager, Quality Engineering Vmware, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Oct 10, 2015 $140,000
Senior Manager, QA Engineering Fireeye, Inc. Milpitas, CA Aug 27, 2015 $124,400 -
$194,900
Manager, Quality Assurance Engineering Capital District Physicians' Health Plan, Inc. Albany, NY Nov 07, 2016 $123,000
Manager, Quality Engineering Salesforce.com Inc. San Mateo, CA Aug 20, 2016 $122,949
Quality Engineer Manager Saavn, LLC Mountain View, CA Sep 18, 2016 $120,000
Vehicle Engineering Quality Manager General Motors Company Warren, MI Sep 14, 2016 $118,200
Manager, Quality Engineering MacYs.com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 15, 2015 $118,061 -
$153,000
Manager, Quality Engineering Nuvasive, Inc. San Diego, CA Mar 18, 2016 $117,207

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Top Skills for A Manager, Quality Engineer

  1. Supplier Quality
  2. ISO
  3. Product Quality
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  • Provided supervision over the Investigations group for customer complaint handling, supplier quality and quality engineering functions.
  • Developed quality final test and inspections criteria, defective material analysis/root cause and ISO audits.
  • Fostered and monitored OEM customer satisfaction by creating and maintaining strong communication channels and strategic plans for optimal product quality.
  • Managed all quality engineering activities for Mentor Minnesota including eight staff in engineering, calibration, and technical support.
  • Designed and implemented supplier corrective action procedures, laboratory procedures, and testing and research.

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