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Working As A Quality Control 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
  • $107,227

    Average Salary

What Does A Quality Control 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 Control 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 Control Technician Career Paths

Quality Control Technician
Quality Control Manager Production Manager
Business Unit Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Manager Quality Manager Production Manager
Continuous Improvement Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Supervisor Quality Control Manager Quality Assurance Manager
Director Of Quality
14 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Inspector Production Supervisor Project Engineer
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Chemist Laboratory Supervisor
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Technician Engineering Technician Process Engineer
Process Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Technician Quality Assurance Supervisor
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Inspector Operator Production Supervisor
Quality Assurance Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Quality Technician Quality Engineer
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Quality Inspector Forklift Operator Production Supervisor
Quality Control Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Inspector Quality Inspector Quality Engineer
Quality Lead
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Technician Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Manufacturing Engineer Quality Engineer
Quality Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Supervisor Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Systems Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Chemist Scientist Senior Scientist
Research And Development Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Manager Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Warehouse Manager Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Quality Technician 3.6 years
Quality Inspector 2.4 years
Quality Control 2.4 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 5.9%
Cashier 5.5%
Technician 4.9%
Supervisor 3.2%
Manager 3.0%
Top Employers After
Technician 6.4%
Chemist 4.3%
Supervisor 3.6%
Manager 3.3%

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Quality Control Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

60.6%

Female

37.6%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

60.1%

Hispanic or Latino

16.9%

Black or African American

10.9%

Asian

8.5%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

65.4%

French

7.7%

Vietnamese

3.1%

German

3.1%

Japanese

2.9%

Russian

2.4%

Italian

2.2%

Chinese

2.0%

Arabic

2.0%

Mandarin

1.5%

Portuguese

1.5%

Hindi

1.3%

Polish

1.1%

Swahili

0.7%

Gujarati

0.7%

Korean

0.7%

Cantonese

0.7%

Hungarian

0.4%

Burmese

0.4%

Carrier

0.4%
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Quality Control Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.7%

Pennsylvania State University

7.1%

Iowa State University

5.5%

Michigan State University

5.0%

Purdue University

5.0%

Grand Valley State University

4.7%

Middle Tennessee State University

4.7%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.2%

Ohio State University

4.2%

Kent State University

3.9%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.9%

University of California - Davis

3.9%

Northeastern University

3.9%

Oregon State University

3.8%

Ashford University

3.8%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.8%

Kaplan University

3.6%

Strayer University

3.5%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.3%

University of Delaware

3.3%
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Majors

Business

18.8%

Biology

15.9%

Chemistry

13.4%

Electrical Engineering

6.8%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

3.7%

Criminal Justice

3.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.3%

Management

3.2%

Computer Science

3.1%

General Studies

3.0%

Chemical Engineering

2.9%

Accounting

2.9%

Food Science

2.7%

Health Care Administration

2.7%

Industrial Technology

2.5%

Biotechnology

2.4%

Environmental Science

2.4%

Computer Information Systems

2.4%

Psychology

2.3%

Mechanical Engineering

2.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.0%

Other

25.5%

Associate

15.4%

Masters

9.6%

Certificate

5.3%

Diploma

1.8%

Doctorate

1.3%

License

0.2%
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Real Quality Control Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Surimi Quality Control Technician American Seafoods Company LLC AK Feb 01, 2016 $74,089
Quality Control Technician III Progenitor Cell Therapy, LLC Mountain View, CA Sep 09, 2014 $72,000
Quality Control Technician II Evonik Corporation Garyville, LA Apr 06, 2015 $65,021
Industrial Engineering & Quality Control Technician Sejong Georgia, LLC. LaGrange, GA Jul 16, 2015 $59,500
Quality Control Technician IV Nazdar Company Shawnee, KS Jul 25, 2016 $58,448 -
$63,448
Quality Control Technician IV Nazdar Company Shawnee, KS Sep 23, 2015 $57,491 -
$62,587
Quality Control Technician Saehaesung Alabama, Inc. AL Apr 27, 2015 $55,037
Quality Control Technician Pacific Trellis Fruit LLC Nogales, AZ Jan 07, 2016 $55,000
Quality Control Technician, Surgical Intruments Phoenix Instruments Inc. Naperville, IL Sep 24, 2015 $55,000
Quality Control Technician Pacific Trellis Fruit LLC Nogales, AZ Jan 15, 2015 $55,000
Quality Control Technician GFF, Inc. Industry, CA May 30, 2011 $53,350
Quality Control Technician GFF, Inc. Industry, CA Sep 01, 2011 $53,350
Laboratory Quality Control Technician Shah Associates, Md, Pa MD Apr 22, 2011 $53,082
Food Imports Quality Control Technician Strategic Opportunities LLC Hempstead, NY May 09, 2016 $47,000
Quality Control Technician Twentyfirst Century Biochemicals Incorporated Marlborough, MA Dec 31, 2009 $46,000
Quality Control Technician Twentyfirst Century Biochemicals Marlborough, MA Dec 18, 2009 $46,000
Quality Control Technician Twentyfirst Century Biochemicals Incorporated Marlborough, MA Dec 15, 2009 $46,000
Quality Control Technician II Kalsec, Inc. Kalamazoo, MI Nov 01, 2013 $45,843
Quality Control Technician Brooklyn Imports, Inc. Carlstadt, NJ Jun 15, 2016 $45,802
Quality Control Technician Evonik Stockhausen LLC Garyville, LA Sep 15, 2012 $45,497
Quality Control Technician Evonik Stockhausen LLC Garyville, LA Dec 01, 2011 $45,497
QC Tech 1 Progenitor Cell Therapy, LLC Mountain View, CA Sep 01, 2013 $41,600
Quality Control Technician Pestka Biomedial Laboratories, Inc. Piscataway, NJ Aug 31, 2016 $41,200
Quality Control Technician Dulcinea Farms LLC Ladera Ranch, CA Jan 16, 2011 $40,622
Quality Control Technician Dulcinea Farms LLC Ladera Ranch, CA Jan 01, 2011 $40,622
Quality Control Technician Berkeley Advanced Biomaterials, Inc. Berkeley, CA Sep 18, 2015 $40,100 -
$55,000
Quality Control Technician III Ferro Corporation Cleveland, OH Oct 01, 2011 $40,000 -
$50,000
Quality Control Technician Grier Abrasive, Co., Inc. South Holland, IL Mar 24, 2009 $40,000 -
$45,000
Quality Control Technician Packaging Sales Group, Inc. Miami, FL Nov 29, 2007 $39,027

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  1. Product Quality
  2. Lab
  3. Test Plans
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  • General responsibilities include inventory support, reporting, maintenance, QC procedural compliance, and product quality analysis/ repair.
  • Collaborate with internal and external customers to define and document quality assurance requirements for new products.
  • Work with individual components of quality systems to facilitate the development and execution of comprehensive test plans.
  • Repeat inspection procedure until product meets quality standards and specifications are attained.
  • Administered Industrial Solvent quality control - Completed Chemical Analysis of Raw Materials - Conducted Operations for Production Line Inspection

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