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Working As A Manufacturing 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

  • $80,424

    Average Salary

What Does A Manufacturing 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 Manufacturing 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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Manufacturing Quality Engineer Career Paths

Manufacturing Quality Engineer
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Senior Quality Engineer Quality Manager
Corporate Quality Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Quality Manager Program Manager Engineering Director
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineering Manager Project Engineering Manager Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager Project Coordinator Project Engineer
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Engineering Manager Quality Manager
Factory Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Supervisor Lean SIX Sigma Black Belt
Manager Of Operations Excellence
12 Yearsyrs
Supplier Quality Engineer Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineering Manager Product Engineering Manager
New Product Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Quality Engineer Quality Supervisor
Plant/Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Senior Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager Production Manager Manufacturing Manager
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Technical Director Audio Engineer
Production Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Supplier Quality Engineer Senior Quality Engineer
Project Quality Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Quality Engineer
Quality Program Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Systems Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Development Engineer Research And Development Engineer
Research And Development Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Quality Manager Production Manager Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Quality Engineer Quality Manager
Supplier Quality Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Quality Manager Plant Manager
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Quality Engineer 3.3 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 3.3%
Internship 3.1%
Top Employers After

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Manufacturing Quality Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

82.2%

Female

14.3%

Unknown

3.5%
Ethnicity

White

60.1%

Hispanic or Latino

14.9%

Asian

10.7%

Black or African American

9.1%

Unknown

5.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.7%

Chinese

7.4%

Mandarin

7.4%

German

5.6%

Cantonese

5.6%

French

5.6%

Italian

5.6%

Japanese

3.7%

Tamil

3.7%

Russian

1.9%

Portuguese

1.9%

Irish

1.9%

Vietnamese

1.9%

Dakota

1.9%

Malay

1.9%

Urdu

1.9%

Arabic

1.9%
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Manufacturing Quality Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.0%

Northeastern University

11.0%

Ferris State University

5.8%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

5.2%

San Jose State University

5.2%

Purdue University

5.2%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

4.6%

Texas A&M University

4.6%

Western Illinois University

4.6%

Kettering University

4.0%

Villanova University

4.0%

Wayne State University

4.0%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

4.0%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.0%

Pennsylvania State University

4.0%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.0%

University of Texas at El Paso

4.0%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

3.5%

Tennessee Technological University

3.5%

Ohio State University

3.5%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

20.1%

Business

15.3%

Industrial Engineering

11.6%

Electrical Engineering

10.0%

Industrial Technology

8.8%

Manufacturing Engineering

6.4%

Engineering And Industrial Management

4.7%

Management

3.4%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

3.2%

Engineering

2.6%

Chemical Engineering

1.8%

Operations Management

1.6%

Computer Science

1.5%

Aerospace Engineering

1.5%

Finance

1.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.2%

Chemistry

1.2%

Systems Engineering

1.2%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.2%

Education

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

50.8%

Masters

30.3%

Other

10.1%

Associate

4.9%

Certificate

2.1%

Doctorate

1.1%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.1%
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Real Manufacturing Quality Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manufacturing Quality Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Jan 12, 2015 $130,000
Manufacturing Quality Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Dec 22, 2015 $122,928 -
$142,928
Manufacturing Quality Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Apr 12, 2015 $122,928 -
$142,928
Quality and Manufacturing Engineer Aviat U.S., Inc. Austin, TX Jun 23, 2011 $119,330 -
$145,000
Quality and Manufacturing Engineer Aviat U.S., Inc. Austin, TX Jun 10, 2011 $107,286 -
$145,000
Quality and Manufacturing Engineer Aviat Us, Inc. Austin, TX Jun 01, 2011 $107,286 -
$119,330
Manufacturing Quality Engineer Cisco Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 17, 2013 $104,437 -
$123,700
Manufacturing Quality Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Sep 15, 2014 $100,000
Manufacturing Quality Engineer, Fall Protection 3M Company Concord, NC Oct 01, 2015 $99,574
Manufacturing Quality Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA May 26, 2014 $96,000
Manufacturing Quality Engineer Cisco Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA May 29, 2012 $95,351 -
$123,700
Manufacturing Quality Engineer Cisco Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 26, 2010 $92,939 -
$123,700
Manufacturing Quality Engineer, Fall Protection 3M Company Concord, NC Mar 02, 2014 $91,990
Manufacturing/Quality Engineer K&K Screw Acquisitions LLC (KKSP) Glendale Heights, IL Nov 21, 2016 $91,478
Manufacturing Quality Engineer Axis, Inc. East Peoria, IL Aug 20, 2012 $77,000
Quality Management/Manufacturing Engineer Sweepster-Harley Attachments LLC Dexter, MI Mar 17, 2014 $76,000 -
$78,500
Manufacturing Quality Engineer Verotech Solutions, LLC Concord, CA Jul 23, 2016 $75,132
Manufacturing Quality Engineer-Global Liaison Navistar, Inc. Huntsville, AL Aug 02, 2010 $75,000
Quality Engineer-Manufacturing Motus LLC Holland, MI Oct 26, 2015 $75,000
Manufacturing/Quality Engineer Thermasys Corporation Montgomery, AL Jan 02, 2012 $75,000
Manufacturing/Quality Engineer Leaf Healthcare, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Aug 23, 2016 $75,000
Manufacturing Quality Engineer Global Liaison Navistar, Inc. Huntsville, AL Oct 15, 2012 $74,984 -
$81,500
Manufacturing Engineer-Quality Amtec Precision Products, Inc. Elgin, IL Aug 12, 2015 $63,838
Manufacturing Quality Engineer Axis, Inc. East Peoria, IL Jul 30, 2012 $63,000
Manufacturing Quality Engineer Verotech Solutions LLC Fridley, MN Mar 31, 2014 $63,000
Manufacturing Quality Engineer, Torque Converter Luk USA LLC Wooster, OH Mar 09, 2013 $62,000 -
$72,000
Manufacturing Quality Engineer Cummins Inc. Fridley, MN Aug 07, 2013 $61,422 -
$72,200
Manufacturing Engineer QA Terex USA, LLC Redmond, WA Nov 10, 2014 $61,000 -
$88,202
Manufacturing Quality Engineer Philips Medical Systems (Cleveland), Inc. Highland Heights, OH Oct 01, 2010 $60,900 -
$88,880
Quality Engineer, Manufacturing Saft America, Inc. Jacksonville, FL Feb 14, 2015 $60,445 -
$75,000

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  1. Product Quality
  2. Corrective Action
  3. Inspection Procedures
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  • Managed Corrective /Preventative actions projects to improve product quality and solve production/customer problems.
  • Managed Customer Warranty Return program for accessories, determining quality failure mode and corrective actions needed for audio product accessories.
  • Provided input to design and Manufacturing documentation; including material specifications, drawings, inspection procedures, and Manufacturing procedures.
  • Conduct weekly quality discussions to review manufacturing yield expectations, address open technical issues, and drive quality/process improvement opportunities.
  • Maintained high standards of excellence and assisted supervisors in identifying and resolving problems.

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