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Working As A Quality Control Manager

  • 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

  • $63,785

    Average Salary

What Does A Quality Control Manager 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 Manager

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
Plant Manager 5.5 years
Quality Manager 4.0 years
Quality Supervisor 3.6 years
Quality Engineer 3.3 years
Quality Lead 3.1 years
Quality Control 2.9 years
Top Employers Before
Manager 3.5%
Inspector 3.4%
Supervisor 3.0%
Owner 2.8%
Top Employers After
Manager 4.2%
Consultant 3.7%
Owner 3.4%
Inspector 3.0%

Quality Control Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

75.2%

Female

22.6%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

78.0%

Hispanic or Latino

11.3%

Asian

7.6%

Unknown

2.4%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

47.8%

French

9.8%

German

6.9%

Mandarin

4.3%

Portuguese

4.3%

Arabic

4.3%

Chinese

4.0%

Italian

2.6%

Japanese

2.6%

Carrier

2.0%

Russian

1.7%

Polish

1.4%

Hindi

1.2%

Korean

1.2%

Persian

1.2%

Cantonese

1.2%

Turkish

0.9%

Romanian

0.9%

Indonesian

0.9%

Hebrew

0.9%
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Quality Control Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.8%

Texas A&M University

5.9%

Auburn University

5.7%

University of Houston

5.3%

Pennsylvania State University

5.3%

Villanova University

5.2%

Purdue University

5.2%

Michigan State University

5.0%

Clemson University

4.4%

University of Alabama

4.1%

University of Utah

3.9%

Community College of the Air Force

3.6%

University of Florida

3.6%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

3.6%

Liberty University

3.6%

Mississippi State University

3.6%

Oregon State University

3.4%

American InterContinental University

3.4%

Ashford University

3.4%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.4%
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Majors

Business

29.2%

Chemistry

8.3%

Civil Engineering

6.7%

Management

6.4%

Biology

5.6%

Construction Management

4.8%

Electrical Engineering

4.4%

Mechanical Engineering

4.4%

Industrial Technology

3.2%

Accounting

3.1%

Education

2.9%

Computer Science

2.7%

Criminal Justice

2.7%

Project Management

2.6%

Finance

2.6%

Engineering

2.2%

General Studies

2.2%

Drafting And Design

2.1%

Food Science

2.0%

Marketing

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.0%

Other

27.4%

Masters

15.1%

Associate

10.1%

Certificate

4.4%

Doctorate

2.3%

Diploma

1.4%

License

0.3%
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Real Quality Control Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Quality Control Manager Cable & Wireless Holdings, Inc. Coral Gables, FL May 05, 2016 $160,888
Quality Control Manager Apicore Us LLC Somerset, NJ Jan 08, 2016 $151,070
Manager QC Chemistry Bristol Myers Squibb Company Devens, MA Aug 04, 2016 $145,517
Quality Control Manager North America Heerema Marine Contractors Holding U.S., Inc. Houston, TX Sep 21, 2016 $136,188
Quality Control Manager Colossal Contractors, Inc. Burtonsville, MD Nov 10, 2016 $135,824
Quality Control Manager TEVA Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 13, 2016 $130,500 -
$140,500
Quality Control Manager Mercon Coffee Corporation Coral Gables, FL Jun 23, 2016 $129,334
Manager, Quality Control Herbalife International of America, Inc. Torrance, CA Jan 05, 2015 $128,984
Manager-Qa/Qc Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Carrollton, TX Sep 10, 2015 $124,948
Manager-Qa/Qc Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Carrollton, TX Jul 30, 2016 $124,948
Quality Control Manager Intense Lighting LLC Anaheim, CA Jan 06, 2015 $122,500 -
$150,000
Quality Control Manager (Octg) Worldtransload and Logistics LLC New Hope, MN Jun 25, 2015 $121,826
Manager, Quality Control Cardinal Health, Inc. Dublin, OH May 20, 2016 $121,042
Manager-Quality Control Synechron, Inc. Greenwich, CT Mar 20, 2015 $95,430
Manager QC Granules Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Chantilly, VA Jun 15, 2016 $95,000
Purchasing & Quality Control Manager Alpine Health LLC Secaucus, NJ Jul 07, 2016 $95,000
Quality Control Manager World Transload and Logistics LLC Baytown, TX Jan 22, 2015 $95,000
Manager, Quality Control Nostrum Laboratories, Inc. Kansas City, MO Mar 14, 2016 $94,000
Quality Control Manager Glenmark Generics, Inc., USA Monroe, NC Apr 29, 2015 $93,000
Manager, Quality Control Audentes Therapeutics, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Aug 15, 2016 $92,539 -
$133,112
Associate Quality Control Manager TEVA Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. Irvine, CA Jan 12, 2015 $91,000 -
$111,000
Manager-Quality Control Synechron, Inc. New York, NY Apr 14, 2015 $80,600
Quality Control Manager Palmeri Pizza Crust Inc. El Segundo, CA Jan 08, 2016 $80,184
Quality Control Manager Magtek, Inc. Seal Beach, CA Mar 10, 2015 $80,000
Quality Control Manager Haliburton International Foods, Inc. Ontario, CA Oct 17, 2016 $80,000
Development and Quality Control Manager Daedong America Corp Auburn Hills, MI Sep 08, 2015 $80,000
Corporate Quality Control Manager Freudenberg-NOK General Partnership Plymouth, MI Sep 09, 2015 $79,565
Quality Control Manager Sewing Collection Inc. Vernon, CA Apr 22, 2015 $78,000
Quality Control Manager Mapei Corporation Garland, TX Aug 02, 2015 $77,002 -
$90,000

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Top Skills for A Quality Control Manager

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Top Quality Control Manager Skills

  1. Quality Procedures
  2. Site Safety
  3. Product Quality
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked with customers to develop quality procedures to target critical criteria performance testing.
  • Performed all safety meetings and site safety inspections.
  • Led efforts to utilize improvement tools on product quality.
  • Managed and assist laboratory QC/ Micro including equipment calibration.
  • Managed a Quality Laboratory for contract testing and production facility.

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