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Working As A Quality Assurance Technician

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • $57,130

    Average Salary

What Does A Quality Assurance Technician Do

Industrial engineering technicians help industrial engineers implement designs to use personnel, materials, and machines effectively. They prepare machinery and equipment layouts, plan workflows, conduct statistical production studies, and analyze production costs.

Duties

Industrial engineering technicians typically do the following:

  • Suggest revisions to methods of operation, material handling, or equipment layout
  • Interpret engineering drawings, schematic diagrams, and formulas
  • Confer with management or engineering staff to determine quality and reliability standards
  • Recommend changes to production standards in order to achieve the best quality within the limits of the capabilities of the equipment
  • Help plan work assignments, taking into account workers’ performance, the capabilities of machines, and production schedules
  • Prepare charts, graphs, and diagrams to illustrate workflow, routing, floor layouts, how materials are handled, and how machines are used
  • Collect data to assist in process improvement activities

Industrial engineering technicians study the time and steps workers take to do a task (time and motion studies). To set reasonable production rates, they consider how workers perform operations such as maintenance, production, and service.

They also observe workers to make sure that equipment is being used and maintained according to quality assurance standards. They then evaluate the resulting data to recommend or justify changes to the operations or to the standards for improving quality and efficiency.

Industrial engineering technicians’ versatility allows them to be useful in a variety of projects. For example, they work in supply chain management to help businesses minimize inventory costs, in quality assurance to help businesses keep their customers satisfied, and in the growing field of project management to control costs and maximize efficiencies.

Industrial engineering technicians generally work in teams under the supervision of industrial engineers.

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How To Become A Quality Assurance Technician

Industrial engineering technicians typically need an associate’s degree or a postsecondary certificate. Community colleges and technical institutes generally offer associate’s degree programs, and vocational–technical schools offer certificate programs.

Education

High school students interested in becoming industrial engineering technicians should take courses in math, science, and drafting, where available. Courses that help students develop computer skills are helpful when the students later need to learn computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing software, known as CAD/CAM.

Postsecondary programs in industrial engineering are offered at vocational–technical schools, technical institutes, and community colleges. Vocational–technical schools and technical institutes serve local students and emphasize training needed by local employers. These programs generally award a certificate. Community colleges offer programs similar to those in technical institutes, but usually include more theory-based and liberal arts courses. Students who complete these programs earn associate’s degrees.

ABET accredits engineering and engineering technology programs.

Generally, prospective industrial engineering technicians should major in applied science, industrial technology, or industrial engineering technology.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Industrial engineering technicians must be able to help industrial engineers figure out how systems should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Communication skills. Industrial engineering technicians receive instructions from industrial engineers. They must be able to clearly understand and follow instructions and communicate problems to their supervisors.

Critical-thinking skills. Industrial engineering technicians must be able to help industrial engineers figure out why certain processes or operations are not working as well as they might. They must ask the right questions to identify and correct weaknesses.

Detail oriented. Industrial engineering technicians must gather and record measurements and observations needed by industrial engineers.

Math skills. Industrial engineering technicians use the principles of mathematics for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Observational skills. These technicians spend much of their time evaluating the performance of other people or organizations and then make suggestions for improvements or corrective action. They must gather and record information without interfering with workers in their environments.

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Quality Assurance Technician Jobs

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Quality Assurance Technician Career Paths

Quality Assurance Technician
Maintenance Technician Driver Night Auditor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Engineer Quality Engineer Quality Manager
Corporate Quality Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager Quality Manager
Director Of Quality
14 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager Project Manager Program Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Inspector Operator Laboratory Technician
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Operations Manager Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Technician Quality Engineer Engineering Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Quality Assurance Manager Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Supervisor Quality Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Design Engineer Process Engineer
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Specialist Quality Assurance Quality Assurance Manager
Production Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Production Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Quality Assurance Lead
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Specialist Quality Assurance Engineer Quality Assurance
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Supervisor Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Technician Quality Supervisor Quality Manager
Quality Systems Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Project Manager Product Manager
Research And Development Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Operations Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Inspector Forklift Operator
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Process Technician 3.9 years
Quality Technician 3.6 years
Auditor/Quality 3.1 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 6.9%
Internship 4.7%
Technician 4.7%
Supervisor 3.2%
Manager 3.1%
Top Employers After
Technician 4.4%
Supervisor 3.8%
Cashier 3.1%

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Quality Assurance Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

55.5%

Female

42.6%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

59.8%

Hispanic or Latino

17.7%

Black or African American

10.4%

Asian

8.6%

Unknown

3.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

68.5%

French

4.5%

Chinese

3.5%

German

3.1%

Japanese

2.3%

Russian

2.1%

Cantonese

1.9%

Portuguese

1.9%

Arabic

1.9%

Vietnamese

1.4%

Mandarin

1.4%

Carrier

1.2%

Italian

1.2%

Korean

1.0%

Hindi

0.8%

Polish

0.8%

Tagalog

0.6%

Hmong

0.6%

Filipino

0.6%

Urdu

0.6%
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Quality Assurance Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

23.3%

Ashford University

6.3%

Purdue University

5.4%

Kansas State University

4.6%

Kaplan University

4.6%

Oregon State University

4.1%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.1%

Ohio State University

4.1%

Pennsylvania State University

4.1%

Eastern Kentucky University

4.1%

Strayer University

3.9%

Community College of the Air Force

3.7%

Michigan State University

3.7%

San Jose State University

3.6%

University of California - Davis

3.6%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.4%

Washington State University

3.4%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.4%

Iowa State University

3.3%

Grand Valley State University

3.0%
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Majors

Business

22.3%

Biology

15.0%

Chemistry

7.7%

Electrical Engineering

6.2%

Computer Science

4.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.0%

Food Science

4.0%

Criminal Justice

3.7%

Management

3.2%

Health Care Administration

3.2%

Information Technology

3.2%

Accounting

2.9%

General Studies

2.9%

Industrial Technology

2.7%

Computer Information Systems

2.7%

Nursing

2.5%

Mechanical Engineering

2.4%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

2.4%

Psychology

2.2%

Education

2.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.0%

Other

25.2%

Associate

15.5%

Masters

9.4%

Certificate

5.6%

Diploma

1.9%

Doctorate

1.1%

License

0.3%
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Real Quality Assurance Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director, Quality Assurance & Tech Support Stayinfront, Inc. Fairfield, NJ Oct 20, 2009 $130,500
Smts-It Quality Assurance Verizon Corporate Resources Group LLC Irving, TX Jul 12, 2013 $108,000
IT Quality Assurance Corillian Corporation Brookfield, WI Dec 04, 2016 $93,766
MTS IV Spec-It Quality Assurance (Systems Consultant) Verizon Data Services LLC Orangeburg, NY Mar 10, 2015 $92,965
Quality Assurance Technician II Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Oct 06, 2014 $92,000
QA Technician Fast Switch Ltd Glendale, CA Apr 07, 2015 $89,741
Quality Assurance Technician II Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Nov 10, 2014 $86,000
IT Quality Assurance Fiserv Global Services, Inc. Owings Mills, MD Sep 03, 2014 $83,574 -
$95,887
Technical Quality Assurance III Checkfree Services Corporation (A Fiserv Company) Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Sep 15, 2015 $82,576 -
$106,788
Quality Assurance Technician II Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Nov 10, 2014 $78,263
IT Quality Assurance United Healthcare Services, Inc. Atlanta, GA Apr 15, 2013 $76,500 -
$98,200
Quality Assurance Technician II A2Z Development Center, Inc. Irvine, CA May 08, 2015 $76,232 -
$86,000
Qa/It Anaylst Medtech Staffing & Solutions, Inc. Yardley, PA Feb 16, 2015 $76,000
IT Quality Assurance Fiserv Global Services, Inc. Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Oct 01, 2014 $72,680 -
$109,020
IT Quality Assurance Fiserv Global Services, Inc. Norcross, GA Sep 03, 2014 $72,363 -
$90,271
IT Quality Assurance Fiserv Global Services, Inc. King of Prussia, PA Sep 07, 2014 $70,762 -
$84,301
IT Quality Assurance Fiserv Global Services, Inc. Dublin, OH Sep 08, 2014 $70,429 -
$82,409
Quality Assurance Technician II Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Mar 23, 2015 $70,248
IT Quality Assurance Fiserv Global Services, Inc. Norcross, GA Sep 03, 2014 $70,200 -
$85,899
Quality Assurance Technician Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Aug 07, 2014 $70,000
Quality Assurance Technician II Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Oct 20, 2014 $63,000
IT Quality Assurance Fiserv Global Services, Inc. Morris Plains, NJ Sep 03, 2014 $62,670 -
$78,685
Quality Assurance Tech III Adecco Group Na/Modis, Inc. Seattle, WA Oct 01, 2011 $62,610
Quality Assurance Technician I A2Z Development Center, Inc. Irvine, CA May 08, 2015 $62,317 -
$74,500
Quality Assurance Technician A2Z Development Center, Inc. Irvine, CA Aug 25, 2015 $62,317 -
$74,500
Quality Assurance Technician A2Z Development Center, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 08, 2014 $62,088 -
$120,000

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Top Skills for A Quality Assurance Technician

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  1. Product Quality
  2. Test Plans
  3. Lab
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  • Communicated directly with employees regarding product quality, sanitary procedures, employee safety training and other topics as necessary.
  • Prepared sections of test plans to adequately assess test criteria presented in Performance Specifications and other test planning documents.
  • Collect and report technical findings during and after laboratory tests to make sure products meets all related manufacturing requirements and regulations.
  • Reviewed and assist in implementing microbiology after sanitation monitoring; tracked and confirmed action limits and reported to Food Safety Manager.
  • Oversee printed circuit board assembly production ensuring product is manufactured to the customer's specifications and quality standards.

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