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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
  • $46,000

    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 Career Paths

Quality Assurance Technician
Quality Assurance Supervisor Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Supervisor Quality Assurance Manager Quality Manager
Director Of Quality
14 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Supervisor Quality Assurance Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Production Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Specialist Quality Assurance Engineer Quality Assurance Lead
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Specialist Quality Assurance Engineer Quality Engineer
Quality Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Specialist Supervisor Superintendent
Quality Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Quality Manager
Quality Systems Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Senior Quality Engineer Quality Manager
Quality Assurance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Technician Team Leader Production Manager
Continuous Improvement Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Field Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Chemist Laboratory Supervisor
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Engineer Consultant Production Manager
Business Unit Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Technician Team Leader Property Manager
Compliance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Chemist Scientist Senior Scientist
Research And Development Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Specialist Underwriter
Processing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Quality Assurance Technician
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Process Technician 4.0 years
Quality Technician 3.8 years
Quality Lead 3.3 years
Auditor/Quality 3.2 years
Quality Control 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Quality Assurance Technician
Cashier 9.0%
Internship 4.7%
Technician 4.7%
Supervisor 3.0%
Manager 3.0%
Top Careers After Quality Assurance Technician
Cashier 4.7%
Technician 4.4%
Supervisor 3.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$46,000
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$29,000
Min 10%
$46,000
Median 50%
$46,000
Median 50%
$46,000
Median 50%
$46,000
Median 50%
$46,000
Median 50%
$46,000
Median 50%
$46,000
Median 50%
$71,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Graphic Packaging International
Highest Paying City
Pleasanton, CA
Highest Paying State
Connecticut
Avg Experience Level
3.1 years
How much does a Quality Assurance Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Quality Assurance Technician in the United States is $46,230 per year or $22 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $29,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $71,000.

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
IT Quality Assurance L Xoriant Corporation Edison, NJ Mar 28, 2016 $76,000
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
Quality Assurance Technician II A2Z Development Center, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 11, 2014 $62,088 -
$86,000

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Top Skills for A Quality Assurance Technician

  1. Product Quality
  2. Test Procedures
  3. Lab Equipment
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Confer with technical and supervisory personnel to report or resolve conditions affecting safety, efficiency, and product quality.
  • Assisted engineers in the development of new test procedures and recommended product improvement or manufacturing modifications.
  • Produced technical manuals for metallurgical training and Lab equipment troubleshooting.
  • Reviewed and assist in implementing microbiology after sanitation monitoring; tracked and confirmed action limits and reported to Food Safety Manager.
  • Major areas of responsibility include evaluation of finished products and incoming raw materials and chemicals.

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Quality Assurance Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

51.4%

Female

39.8%

Unknown

8.8%
Ethnicity

White

59.9%

Hispanic or Latino

17.5%

Black or African American

10.6%

Asian

8.5%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

69.5%

French

3.8%

German

3.7%

Chinese

3.5%

Japanese

2.4%

Mandarin

2.2%

Russian

1.8%

Cantonese

1.8%

Vietnamese

1.6%

Portuguese

1.6%

Arabic

1.6%

Italian

1.2%

Hindi

0.9%

Carrier

0.9%

Korean

0.7%

Tagalog

0.7%

Polish

0.7%

Somali

0.4%

Hmong

0.4%

Filipino

0.4%
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Quality Assurance Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

25.0%

Ashford University

6.4%

Ohio State University

5.2%

Purdue University

4.9%

University of California - Davis

4.6%

Pennsylvania State University

4.6%

Kaplan University

4.4%

Michigan State University

4.1%

Kansas State University

3.6%

Oregon State University

3.6%

San Jose State University

3.6%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.6%

Strayer University

3.5%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.4%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.4%

Grand Valley State University

3.3%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.3%

Arizona State University

3.3%

Community College of the Air Force

3.2%

Texas A&M University

3.2%
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Majors

Business

22.0%

Biology

15.0%

Chemistry

7.9%

Electrical Engineering

6.3%

Computer Science

4.6%

Food Science

4.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.8%

Criminal Justice

3.8%

General Studies

3.2%

Accounting

3.2%

Management

3.2%

Health Care Administration

3.1%

Information Technology

2.9%

Nursing

2.7%

Computer Information Systems

2.6%

Industrial Technology

2.4%

Mechanical Engineering

2.4%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

2.3%

Psychology

2.3%

Medical Assisting Services

2.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.9%

Other

24.7%

Associate

16.7%

Masters

9.0%

Certificate

5.6%

Diploma

1.9%

Doctorate

0.9%

License

0.4%
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