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Working As a Quality Control 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

  • $67,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Quality Control 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 Quality Control 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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Quality Control Engineer Career Paths

Quality Control Engineer
Quality Assurance Engineer Quality Engineer
Quality Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Engineer Quality Assurance Manager Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Engineer Quality Assurance Manager Quality Manager
Senior Quality Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Quality Engineer Quality Manager
Corporate Quality Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Quality Manager
Project Quality Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineer Design Engineer Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Supplier Quality Engineer
Supplier Quality Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Engineer Senior Software Engineer Senior Quality Assurance Engineer
Quality Assurance Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Process Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Process Engineer Production Engineer
Production Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Quality Assurance Manager Manager, Quality Engineer
Director Of Quality & Engineering
14 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Production Supervisor Manufacturing Manager
Manufacturing Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Supplier Quality Engineer Senior Quality Engineer
Quality Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Product Engineer Supplier Quality Engineer
Assistant Manager Of Quality
6 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Factory Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineer Lead Engineer Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Quality Assurance Engineer Quality Assurance Supervisor Production Superintendent
Launch Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Quality Engineer Manufacturing Manager Continuous Improvement Manager
Manager Of Operations Excellence
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Quality Technician 3.8 years
Quality Lead 3.3 years
Quality Engineer 3.3 years
Top Careers Before Quality Control Engineer
Internship 6.6%
Engineer 5.4%
Technician 2.8%
Top Careers After Quality Control Engineer
Engineer 5.1%

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Average Yearly Salary
$67,000
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$52,000
Min 10%
$67,000
Median 50%
$67,000
Median 50%
$67,000
Median 50%
$67,000
Median 50%
$67,000
Median 50%
$67,000
Median 50%
$67,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Union Bank
Highest Paying City
San Rafael, CA
Highest Paying State
Maine
Avg Experience Level
2.7 years
How much does a Quality Control Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Quality Control Engineer in the United States is $67,992 per year or $33 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $52,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $87,000.

Real Quality Control Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Quality Control Engineer American Tubular, LLC Pasadena, TX Jul 22, 2016 $126,500
QC Engineer Teamex Corporation Carlstadt, NJ Aug 31, 2015 $124,406
Quality Control Engineer Deltek, Inc. Herndon, VA Nov 10, 2016 $117,536
Quality Control Engineer Deltek, Inc. Herndon, VA Oct 11, 2015 $114,112
Ready Mix Concrete Quality Control Engineer Dolese Bros. Co. Oklahoma City, OK Oct 28, 2016 $106,500 -
$110,000
Quality Control Automation Lead Engineer Donnelley Financial LLC Rockville, MD Jan 10, 2016 $102,010
Software Quality Control Engineer Dassault Systemes Simulia Corp. Johnston, RI Jun 12, 2016 $97,727
Quality Control Engineer Walsh Construction Company II New York, NY Jul 18, 2016 $97,677 -
$108,000
Quality Control Automation Lead Engineer R.R. Donnelley and Sons Company Rockville, MD Jun 18, 2015 $97,465
Quality Control Engineer Deltek, Inc. Herndon, VA Mar 26, 2015 $95,306
Quality Control Engineer Scientific Drilling International, Inc. Houston, TX Feb 10, 2015 $95,285
Quality Control Engineer II Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jul 03, 2016 $93,621 -
$113,621
Quality Control Engineer II Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Feb 22, 2016 $93,621 -
$113,621
Quality Control Engineer Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA May 01, 2015 $93,621 -
$101,400
Quality Control Engineer Voith Hydro Inc. York, PA Sep 10, 2015 $76,274 -
$85,000
Quality Control Engineer Daimay North America Automotive, Inc. Redford, MI Sep 19, 2016 $76,000
Construction Quality Control Engineer Benaka Inc. Tobyhanna, PA Sep 16, 2016 $75,400
Product Engineering/Qc Engineer Revolution Supply Co. Inc. Garden Grove, CA Oct 11, 2016 $75,000
QC Engineer-Automation Intralinks, Inc. Waltham, MA Apr 28, 2016 $74,500 -
$92,200
Quality Control Engineer JAS. W. Glover, Ltd. Urban Honolulu, HI Nov 09, 2016 $74,339
Quality Control Engineer Houston Gear USA, Inc. Stafford, TX Jun 20, 2016 $74,318
Quality Control Engineer AFS Technologies Holdings, Inc. Duluth, GA Jul 03, 2016 $74,110
Data Scientist and Quality Control Engineer Implan Group LLC Huntersville, NC Sep 08, 2015 $65,000
Data Scientist and Quality Control Engineer Implan Group LLC Huntersville, NC Sep 09, 2015 $65,000
Data Scientist and Quality Control Engineer Implan Group LLC Huntersville, NC Sep 18, 2015 $65,000
Quality Control Engineer Innate Solutions, Inc. Newark, DE Jan 03, 2016 $65,000
Quality Control Engineer Shiroki North America, Inc. Smithville, TN Sep 01, 2015 $64,375
Quality Control and Process Engineer Venture Medical Requip, Inc. Tampa, FL Oct 01, 2015 $63,570

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Top Skills for A Quality Control Engineer

  1. Product Quality
  2. Test Procedures
  3. Test Cases
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided in-depth technical information to buyers, enabling marketable decisions on product quality to ensure corporate profitability and preclude possible liabilities.
  • Designed, developed and documented test procedures and test stations for manufacturing and engineering department.
  • Analyzed requirements and design specifications to develop test cases using Rational TestManager.
  • Constructed Work Instruction procedures with concurrent documentation for aerial imagery and elevation data projects resulting in increased efficiency and ISO9001 compliance.
  • Managed data collection relative to Preventative/Corrective actions and corrective measures meet acceptable reliability standards and that documentation is compliant with requirements.

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  3. New Hampshire
  4. Texas
  5. Washington
  6. Connecticut
  7. Maine
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Quality Control Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

72.1%

Female

15.9%

Unknown

12.0%
Ethnicity

White

50.3%

Asian

15.5%

Hispanic or Latino

14.9%

Black or African American

9.9%

Unknown

9.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

36.2%

Arabic

10.3%

Chinese

7.5%

Japanese

5.7%

Mandarin

5.2%

French

5.2%

German

5.2%

Carrier

3.4%

Italian

3.4%

Korean

2.3%

Russian

2.3%

Portuguese

2.3%

Vietnamese

1.7%

Hindi

1.7%

Persian

1.7%

Malay

1.1%

Cantonese

1.1%

Kurdish

1.1%

Filipino

1.1%

Tagalog

1.1%
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Quality Control Engineer Education

Schools

Rochester Institute of Technology

7.7%

Northeastern University

7.7%

University of Phoenix

6.7%

Wayne State University

6.4%

Pennsylvania State University

6.4%

Purdue University

5.8%

Texas A&M University

5.2%

San Jose State University

5.2%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.2%

University of Houston

4.9%

More Tech Institute

4.6%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.3%

Arizona State University

4.3%

West Virginia University

4.3%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

3.7%

University of Toledo

3.7%

University of Cincinnati

3.7%

National University

3.4%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.4%

Michigan State University

3.4%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

18.1%

Civil Engineering

14.3%

Electrical Engineering

12.4%

Business

11.1%

Industrial Engineering

6.7%

Chemical Engineering

4.8%

Engineering

4.8%

Computer Science

3.9%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.7%

Industrial Technology

2.7%

Project Management

2.0%

Construction Management

2.0%

Management

1.9%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.9%

Materials Science And Engineering

1.7%

Computer Engineering

1.6%

Drafting And Design

1.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.5%

Manufacturing Engineering

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.7%

Masters

25.3%

Other

13.0%

Associate

6.3%

Certificate

2.9%

Doctorate

2.9%

Diploma

1.8%

License

0.0%
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