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Working As A Quality Control Director

  • 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

  • $96,257

    Average Salary

What Does A Quality Control Director 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 Quality Control Director

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
Quality Manager 4.0 years
Quality Lead 3.1 years
Top Careers Before Quality Control Director
Manager 8.1%
Director 5.0%
Consultant 4.4%
Chemist 4.2%
Top Careers After Quality Control Director
Consultant 6.3%
Manager 5.7%
Director 3.7%
Owner 2.9%
President 2.9%

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Quality Control Director Demographics

Gender

Male

68.7%

Female

28.2%

Unknown

3.1%
Ethnicity

White

58.1%

Hispanic or Latino

13.8%

Asian

12.8%

Black or African American

10.8%

Unknown

4.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

51.7%

Chinese

13.8%

Mandarin

13.8%

German

6.9%

Italian

6.9%

Portuguese

3.4%

Cantonese

3.4%
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Quality Control Director Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.1%

Ohio State University

7.9%

Fashion Institute of Technology

6.6%

Kansas State University

6.6%

Texas State University

5.3%

Syracuse University

3.9%

Washington State University

3.9%

University of Kentucky

3.9%

Temple University

3.9%

New York University

3.9%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.9%

University of Southern California

3.9%

University of Virginia

3.9%

Texas A&M University

3.9%

Michigan State University

3.9%

Dallas Theological Seminary

3.9%

University of Rhode Island

3.9%

Auburn University

3.9%

Cornerstone University

2.6%

Eastern Michigan University

2.6%
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Majors

Business

27.3%

Chemistry

14.1%

Food Science

5.8%

Nursing

5.5%

Biology

5.1%

Accounting

4.5%

Management

3.9%

Pharmacy

3.9%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

3.5%

Microbiology

2.9%

Electrical Engineering

2.9%

Finance

2.9%

Civil Engineering

2.6%

Computer Information Systems

2.6%

Aviation

2.3%

Marketing

2.3%

Law

2.3%

Industrial Technology

1.9%

Computer Science

1.9%

Criminal Justice

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.8%

Masters

25.4%

Other

20.5%

Doctorate

8.2%

Associate

4.5%

Certificate

3.0%

License

1.1%

Diploma

0.5%
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Real Quality Control Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Quality Control Program Director Hattiesburg Clinic, Pa Hattiesburg, MS May 19, 2014 $313,050
Director, Quality Control Operations Actavis, Inc. Davie, FL Sep 15, 2015 $167,000
Director-Quality Control Synechron, Inc. Charlotte, NC Nov 30, 2015 $150,000
Director of Accounting and Internal Controls Atlas Oil Company Taylor, MI Nov 14, 2016 $146,307
Director, Quality Assurance & Control Freightcar America, Inc. Roanoke, VA Sep 05, 2013 $135,000
Quality Control Director Oxygen Development LLC Palm Springs, FL Sep 15, 2013 $132,000
Director-Quality Control Inotek Pharmaceuticals Corporation Beverly, MA May 27, 2008 $110,000
Health Services and Quality Control Director ISHO Corp. Juncos, PR Oct 01, 2014 $100,000
Director, Qa/Qc DR. Reddy's Laboratories, Inc. Middleburgh, NY Apr 08, 2013 $95,000
Director of Quality Control Xbiotech USA, Inc. Austin, TX Sep 28, 2011 $90,000
Director of International Quality Control SCS Global Services Inc. Emeryville, CA Sep 01, 2014 $82,000
Director of Quality Control Sky King, Inc. Atwater, CA Jan 14, 2010 $81,080
Director-Quality Control and Assurance Pickles Sorrel Inc. D/B/A The Puckered Pickle Co. Chicago, IL Jul 15, 2016 $79,893 -
$96,616
Director, Quality Control and Assurance Advertising Resources, Inc. Alsip, IL Aug 10, 2015 $78,312 -
$96,075
Director-Quality Control and Assurance Advertising Resources, Inc. Alsip, IL Feb 25, 2016 $78,312 -
$96,075
Director-Quality Control and Assurance Advertising Resources, Inc. Alsip, IL Jul 27, 2016 $78,083
Director of Quality Control & Analytical Research Biobased Chemicals, LLC Fayetteville, AR Oct 01, 2009 $76,000
Quality Control Director E&S House of Diamonds, Inc. Miami, FL Sep 01, 2013 $72,750
Director of Product Quality Control Vimedus, Inc. Kirkland, WA Jun 10, 2011 $70,958
Director of Product Quality Control Vimedus, Inc. Kirkland, WA Jun 27, 2011 $70,958
Quality Control Director Renew Life Formulas, Inc. Palm Harbor, FL Apr 01, 2011 $70,678
Director Quality Control & Assurance Advertising Resources, Inc. Alsip, IL Aug 10, 2012 $70,000
Quality Control Director Renew Life Formulas, Inc. Palm Harbor, FL Oct 30, 2009 $69,500
Quality Control Director Renew Life Formulas, Inc. Palm Harbor, FL Nov 10, 2009 $69,500
Director of Product Quality Control JVK Operations Ltd North Amityville, NY Aug 20, 2015 $67,600

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Top Skills for A Quality Control Director

  1. Product Quality
  2. Compliance
  3. Production Procedures
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  • Planned, promoted, and organized training activities related to product quality and reliability.
  • Administer various quality control applications developed by the Independence Group to monitor compliance with firm independence policies.
  • Managed documentation of and training on production procedures and work instructions.
  • Developed Safety and Risk Management position along with all planning and procedures.
  • Developed and implemented methods and procedures for monitoring resource requirements, work activities and goals.

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