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Become A Quality Engineer

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Working As A Quality 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

  • $63,752

    Average Salary

What Does A Quality Engineer Do

A Quality Engineer provides statistical information for quality improvement. They monitor and audit the quality of all manufactured goods in a variety of industries, including the automobile, textile, and electronics industries.

How To Become A Quality 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 Engineer Demographic

Gender

  • Male

    74.8%
  • Female

    22.3%
  • Unknown

    2.9%

Ethnicity

  • White

    72.4%
  • Asian

    13.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    10.9%
  • Unknown

    2.7%
  • Black or African American

    0.8%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    49.9%
  • German

    6.8%
  • Chinese

    6.5%
  • Mandarin

    6.0%
  • French

    5.4%
  • Japanese

    4.2%
  • Arabic

    3.6%
  • Portuguese

    3.2%
  • Korean

    2.1%
  • Hindi

    1.8%
  • Carrier

    1.8%
  • Italian

    1.8%
  • Cantonese

    1.8%
  • Russian

    0.9%
  • Thai

    0.9%
  • Vietnamese

    0.8%
  • Urdu

    0.8%
  • Gujarati

    0.6%
  • Indonesian

    0.6%
  • Turkish

    0.6%
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Real Quality Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Staff Mobile Quality Engineer, Samsclub.Com Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. San Bruno, CA Nov 07, 2016 $196,000
Quality Engineer V Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Oct 21, 2016 $182,780
Quality Engineer Bigcommerce, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 26, 2016 $170,000
Staff Quality Engineer Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jan 12, 2016 $169,290
Staff Engineer-Quality Engineering Nicira, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Feb 11, 2015 $167,000
Staff Engineer-Quality Engineer Nicira, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Dec 19, 2016 $167,000
Quality Engineer, Senior Ticketfly LLC San Francisco, CA Nov 30, 2015 $162,000
Quality Engineer, Senior Ticketfly, LLC San Francisco, CA Oct 08, 2016 $160,000 -
$185,000
Staff Quality Engineer Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. San Bruno, CA Jun 09, 2016 $160,000
Java Quality Engineer Populus Group LLC San Francisco, CA Mar 10, 2016 $159,530
Java Quality Engineer Populus Group LLC San Francisco, CA Jan 10, 2016 $159,530
Quality Engineering Lmts Salesforce.Com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 11, 2015 $156,402
Staff Engineer-Quality Engineering Vmware, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Dec 14, 2016 $156,004
Staff Quality Engineer Appdynamics, Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 05, 2016 $155,000
Quality Engineer Entegris, Inc. Billerica, MA Aug 15, 2015 $89,984
Quality Engineer The Mathworks, Inc. Natick, MA Sep 19, 2015 $89,974
Corporate Quality Engineer Shure Incorporated Niles, IL Dec 27, 2016 $89,606 -
$127,474
Quality Engineer-Quality Assurance Staar Surgical Company Monrovia, CA Jun 06, 2016 $89,500 -
$95,000
Quality Engineer-Quality Assurance Staar Surgical Company Monrovia, CA Feb 09, 2016 $89,500 -
$95,000
Quality Engineer II Honeywell International, Inc. Murfreesboro, TN Jun 10, 2016 $89,315
Quality Engineer The Mathworks, Inc. Natick, MA Sep 14, 2015 $89,300
Quality Engineer, Value Stream Wabco Compressor Manufacturing Company North Charleston, SC Dec 09, 2016 $89,268
Infrastructue Quality Engineer Palantir Technologies Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jan 08, 2016 $77,421
Quality Engineer Verotech Solutions, LLC Palm Beach Gardens, FL Jul 23, 2016 $77,219
Quality Engineer Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc. Portland, OR May 16, 2015 $77,210
Quality Engineer Industrial Tectonics Bearings East Rancho Dominguez, CA Jul 24, 2015 $77,126
Quality Engineer Intel Corporation Folsom, CA Jul 09, 2015 $77,085 -
$142,900
Quality Engineer Fitbit, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 04, 2016 $77,064 -
$120,000
Quality Engineer Us It Solutions Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 05, 2016 $77,064

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Top Skills for A Quality Engineer

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Top Quality Engineer Skills

  1. Supplier Quality
  2. Corrective Action
  3. Quality Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Identified and resolved supplier quality problems.
  • Participate in containment, recovery, issue escalation process, and corrective actions involving atypical quality events.
  • Maintained ISO 9000 documentation for quality procedures during CATV inspection and electrical/mechanical performance evaluations.
  • Received commendation for root cause analysis which resulted in identification, isolation and resolution of problem which had prevented system shipments.
  • Conducted Process Capability Studies on packaging and filling equipment which lead to over 6-figures in yearly savings.

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