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Working As A Quality Control

  • 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

  • $43,396

    Average Salary

What Does A Quality Control 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

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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Quality Control Jobs

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Quality Control Career Paths

Quality Control
Quality Assurance Manager Project Manager Construction Manager
Director Of Construction
13 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager Operations Manager Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Operations Director
Director/Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Manager Project Manager Program Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Inspector Quality Control Manager Quality Assurance Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor Plant Superintendent
Plant And Production Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Inspector Quality Assurance Quality Assurance Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Technician Operations Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Manager Quality Assurance Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Quality Control Inspector Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Assurance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Quality Assurance Lead
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Service Technician General Manager
Regional Director Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager Operations Manager
Regional Operation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Specialist Account Manager
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Supervisor Production Supervisor Quality Manager
Senior Quality Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Supervisor Quality Control Manager Plant Manager
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Quality Lead 3.1 years
Quality Associate 2.6 years
Quality Control 2.0 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 11.7%
Technician 5.2%
Supervisor 4.7%
Teller 4.2%
Manager 4.1%
Internship 3.8%
Inspector 3.4%
Welder 3.0%
Top Employers After
Cashier 7.9%
Technician 5.1%
Manager 4.7%
Teller 4.5%
Supervisor 4.4%
Inspector 3.7%
Owner 3.0%
Assembler 2.9%

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Quality Control Demographics

Gender

Male

54.4%

Female

43.3%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

72.8%

Hispanic or Latino

14.8%

Asian

9.3%

Unknown

2.4%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.4%

French

11.2%

Chinese

4.1%

Arabic

4.1%

German

3.3%

Hindi

2.2%

Mandarin

1.6%

Urdu

1.6%

Japanese

1.6%

Vietnamese

1.4%

Russian

1.4%

Dutch

1.1%

Korean

1.1%

Thai

1.1%

Tagalog

1.1%

Italian

1.1%

Portuguese

1.1%

Swahili

0.8%

Hmong

0.8%

Filipino

0.8%
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Quality Control Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

23.6%

Kaplan University

7.0%

Ashford University

6.0%

Purdue University

5.0%

University of Houston

4.7%

Arizona State University

4.7%

University of Iowa

4.3%

Vincennes University

4.0%

Strayer University

3.7%

American InterContinental University

3.7%

Eastern Kentucky University

3.7%

University of Central Florida

3.3%

University of Wisconsin - Stout

3.3%

Wayne State University

3.3%

Columbus State Community College

3.3%

Michigan State University

3.3%

University of Northern Iowa

3.3%

Austin Community College

3.3%

San Joaquin Valley College

3.3%

Fresno City College

3.3%
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Majors

Business

24.5%

Computer Science

6.6%

Criminal Justice

5.5%

Accounting

5.2%

General Studies

5.1%

Chemistry

4.7%

Electrical Engineering

4.6%

Medical Assisting Services

4.5%

Biology

4.4%

Health Care Administration

4.4%

Nursing

3.8%

Management

3.8%

Education

3.6%

Mechanical Engineering

3.1%

Medical Technician

2.9%

Information Technology

2.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.7%

Graphic Design

2.7%

Industrial Technology

2.5%

Communication

2.5%
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Degrees

Other

33.4%

Bachelors

29.6%

Associate

15.5%

Masters

9.7%

Certificate

6.6%

Diploma

3.2%

Doctorate

1.5%

License

0.4%
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Real Quality Control Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Quality Control 5 Jacobs Project Management Company Antioch, CA Aug 10, 2014 $114,192 -
$127,711
Automated Terminal Dsgn & Const. Quality Control & Moffatt & Nichol Inc. Long Beach, CA Jan 01, 2013 $108,618
Log Quality Control (LQC) Champion Baker Hughes Incorporated Houston, TX Sep 09, 2014 $100,000
Quality Control V Jacobs Project Management Company Walnut Creek, CA Feb 17, 2010 $98,315
Quality Control V Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. Walnut Creek, CA Aug 10, 2009 $98,315
Enterprise Quality Management Tools Development & QC Adminis T-Mobile USA, Inc. Atlanta, GA Nov 13, 2015 $92,000 -
$99,000
Quality Control 5 Jacobs Project Management Company Walnut Creek, CA Aug 10, 2011 $90,334 -
$119,958
SR Cons Systems/Software QC Bank of America N.A. Agoura Hills, CA Dec 21, 2012 $90,000 -
$110,000
Quality Control & Lab Information Management Speci Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Tarrytown, NY Jun 30, 2014 $90,000
SR Cons Systems/Software QC Bank of America N.A. Agoura Hills, CA Nov 30, 2012 $90,000 -
$110,000
SR Cons Systems/Software QC Bank of America N.A. Charlotte, NC Aug 15, 2012 $82,659 -
$92,000
SR Cons Systems/Software QC Bank of America N.A. Calabasas, CA Apr 11, 2013 $80,900 -
$100,000
SR Cons Systems/Software QC Bank of America N.A. Calabasas, CA Jul 29, 2012 $80,330 -
$100,000
Automated Terminal Dsgn & Const. Quality Control & Moffatt & Nichol Long Beach, CA Jan 01, 2010 $70,000 -
$85,000
Textile Quality Controller Katie K., Inc. Vernon, CA Dec 01, 2013 $68,767
Quality Control Acquavella, Chiarelli, Shuster, Berkower & Co., Ll Iselin, NJ Oct 12, 2011 $67,995
Project and Quality Controller Elektrobit Automotive Americas Inc. Bothell, WA Aug 28, 2014 $67,000
Project and Quality Controller Elektrobit Automotive Inc. Bothell, WA Sep 22, 2013 $67,000
Quality Control In Charge (Viral Vaccines) Inventprise LLC Redmond, WA Sep 13, 2016 $65,000
Textile Quality Controller Katie K., Inc. Vernon, CA Dec 01, 2010 $57,622
Quality Control (Chemist I) Contract Pharmacal Corp Hauppauge, NY Sep 10, 2014 $41,197
Food Quality Controller Liyuan Trading USA Inc. New York, NY Sep 04, 2008 $40,571
Quality Control International Resource Management, Inc. Miami, FL Jun 15, 2010 $40,000
Quality Control (Chemist I) Contract Pharmacal Corp. Hauppauge, NY Oct 01, 2014 $40,000
Quality Control (Chemist I) Contract Pharmacal Corp Hauppauge, NY Feb 24, 2012 $40,000
Quality Control (Chemist I) Contract Pharmacal Corp Hauppauge, NY Jul 13, 2012 $40,000
Quality Control (Chemist I) Contract Pharmacal Corp. Hauppauge, NY Feb 23, 2015 $40,000
Quality Control Nexus Produce Inc. Miami, FL Jan 01, 2014 $39,749

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Top Skills for A Quality Control

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  1. Product Quality
  2. Procedures
  3. Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Monitored purchasing, receiving, product quality and distribution.
  • Created new database objects: tables, view, indexes, triggers and stored procedures.
  • Attended safety awareness program class.
  • Calibrated, validated, or maintained laboratory equipment.
  • Provided weekly reports to QC Manager and conducted daily data entry to QC system.

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