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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

  • $74,876

    Average Salary

What Does A Quality 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 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 Career Paths

Quality Engineer
Senior Quality Engineer Quality Manager
Corporate Quality Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Production Manager Engineering Manager Quality Manager
Factory Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Manager Production Manager Manufacturing Manager
Lean Manufacturing Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Supervisor Lean SIX Sigma Black Belt
Manager Of Operations Excellence
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Manager Inspector Project Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Product Engineer Product Engineering Manager
New Product Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Quality Assurance Engineer Senior Quality Engineer Quality Supervisor
Plant/Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Manufacturing Engineer Senior Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Supplier Quality Engineer Engineer Process Engineer
Process Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Supplier Quality Engineer Senior Quality Engineer Quality Manager
Process Improvement Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Maintenance Engineer Production Engineer
Production Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Process Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer Senior Quality Engineer
Project Quality Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Supervisor Maintenance Supervisor Quality Control Inspector
Quality Lead
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Program Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Quality Engineer Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Systems Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Reliability Engineer Electrical Engineer Research And Development Engineer
Research And Development Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager Quality Manager
Senior Quality Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Quality Supervisor Quality Assurance Manager Quality Manager
Supplier Quality Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager Operations Manager Plant Manager
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Quality Manager 4.0 years
Quality Supervisor 3.7 years
Quality Technician 3.6 years
Quality Engineer 3.0 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 3.4%
Engineer 3.1%
Top Employers After
Engineer 2.4%
Consultant 2.3%
Manager 2.1%

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Quality Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

74.7%

Female

22.3%

Unknown

3.0%
Ethnicity

White

57.9%

Hispanic or Latino

14.4%

Asian

13.5%

Black or African American

9.8%

Unknown

4.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

48.4%

Mandarin

7.1%

Chinese

6.7%

German

6.7%

French

5.9%

Arabic

3.8%

Portuguese

3.4%

Japanese

3.4%

Italian

2.0%

Cantonese

2.0%

Hindi

1.8%

Korean

1.8%

Carrier

1.8%

Vietnamese

1.0%

Russian

1.0%

Thai

0.8%

Indonesian

0.7%

Urdu

0.7%

Romanian

0.5%

Gujarati

0.5%
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Quality Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.6%

Purdue University

7.8%

Rochester Institute of Technology

7.6%

Wayne State University

7.1%

Northeastern University

5.3%

Pennsylvania State University

4.8%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

4.7%

Iowa State University

4.7%

University of Toledo

4.3%

Michigan State University

4.2%

San Jose State University

4.2%

University of Alabama

3.7%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.6%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.6%

Clemson University

3.5%

Wichita State University

3.5%

Texas A&M University

3.5%

Indiana Wesleyan University

3.4%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.4%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.4%
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Majors

Business

19.7%

Mechanical Engineering

16.7%

Industrial Engineering

10.0%

Electrical Engineering

9.1%

Industrial Technology

5.9%

Management

4.2%

Engineering And Industrial Management

4.0%

Chemical Engineering

3.8%

Engineering

3.4%

Manufacturing Engineering

2.8%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.6%

Chemistry

2.5%

Biomedical Engineering

2.5%

Computer Science

2.4%

Biology

2.1%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.9%

Project Management

1.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.7%

Finance

1.4%

Operations Management

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

48.2%

Masters

27.8%

Other

12.5%

Associate

6.6%

Certificate

2.9%

Doctorate

1.3%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.1%
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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
Staff Quality Engineer Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. San Bruno, CA Jun 09, 2016 $160,000
North American Engineer Nitrogen & Water Quality DYNO Nobel Louisiana Ammonia, LLC Waggaman, LA Dec 12, 2015 $160,000
Java Quality Engineer Populus Group LLC San Francisco, CA Jan 10, 2016 $159,530
Java Quality Engineer Populus Group LLC San Francisco, CA Mar 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
Staff Quality Engineer Appdynamics, Inc. San Francisco, CA May 02, 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 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
Quality Engineer St. Jude Medical Cardiology Division Selma, CA May 30, 2016 $89,250
PR. Design Quality Engineer Medtronic, Inc. Memphis, TN Oct 01, 2015 $89,170 -
$103,000
Quality Engineer Proficient Business Systems, Inc. San Francisco, CA Dec 19, 2016 $76,835
Quality Engineer Proficient Business Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 28, 2016 $76,835
Quality Engineer II Spectranetics Corporation Fremont, CA Apr 18, 2016 $76,731 -
$90,000
Quality Engineer Smith International Inc. Katy, TX Sep 16, 2015 $76,650
Quality Engineer Schlumberger Technology Corporation Katy, TX Aug 16, 2015 $76,650
Quality Engineer II Netscout Systems, Inc. Westford, MA Oct 09, 2016 $76,586 -
$92,914
Quality Engineer Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 09, 2015 $76,500
Quality Engineer II Answers Corporation Saint Louis, MO Mar 03, 2015 $76,419

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  1. Product Quality
  2. Corrective Action
  3. Quality Procedures
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  • Assisted manufacturing floor and Research and Development team in product improvements to optimize product quality, reliability and performance.
  • Prepared and presented quality system performance measures at monthly plant management reviews and led corrective action teams to improve substandard performance.
  • 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.
  • Recommend modifications of existing products, materials, or components to achieve the established quality standards and overall reliability standards.

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