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Working As A Quality Engineer/Process 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

  • $73,445

    Average Salary

What Does A Quality Engineer/Process 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/Process 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/Process Engineer Career Paths

Quality Engineer/Process Engineer
Senior Quality Engineer Quality Manager
Corporate Quality Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager Senior Project Manager Engineering Director
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Quality Manager Operations Manager Plant Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Quality Manager Production Manager Supply Chain Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Operations
12 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Quality Engineer Project Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Engineering Group Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Engineering Manager Quality Manager
Factory Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Process Engineer Lean SIX Sigma Black Belt
Manager Of Operations Excellence
12 Yearsyrs
Production Manager Manufacturing Manager Product Engineering Manager
New Product Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Plant Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Supplier Quality Engineer Senior Quality Engineer Quality Supervisor
Plant/Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Supplier Quality Engineer Engineer Process Engineer
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Quality Engineer Quality Engineer Senior Process Engineer
Process Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager Production Manager Manufacturing Manager
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Production Manager Production Director Audio Engineer
Production Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Engineer Quality Engineer
Project Quality Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Engineer Quality Assurance Quality Engineer
Quality Program Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Engineer Design Engineer Research And Development Engineer
Research And Development Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Quality Assurance Manager Quality Manager
Senior Quality Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Quality Engineer Quality Assurance Manager Quality Manager
Supplier Quality Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Quality Manager Plant Manager
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Process Engineer 3.4 years
Quality Engineer 3.3 years
Top Careers Before Quality Engineer/Process Engineer
Internship 5.4%
Engineer 2.8%
Top Careers After Quality Engineer/Process Engineer
Manager 3.5%
Engineer 2.2%

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Quality Engineer/Process Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

70.2%

Female

25.8%

Unknown

4.0%
Ethnicity

White

56.3%

Hispanic or Latino

15.9%

Asian

13.4%

Black or African American

10.3%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

54.8%

Japanese

6.5%

Swahili

4.8%

French

4.8%

Chinese

3.2%

German

3.2%

Korean

3.2%

Gujarati

3.2%

Hindi

3.2%

Kinyarwanda

3.2%

Arabic

3.2%

Portuguese

1.6%

Dakota

1.6%

Urdu

1.6%

Thai

1.6%
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Quality Engineer/Process Engineer Education

Schools

Purdue University

8.0%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

6.7%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.7%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

6.7%

Michigan State University

6.0%

University of Phoenix

6.0%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

5.3%

Clemson University

5.3%

Auburn University

4.7%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

4.7%

Webster University

4.7%

Pennsylvania State University

4.7%

University of Texas at El Paso

4.7%

Western Michigan University

4.7%

North Carolina State University

4.0%

State University of New York Buffalo

4.0%

University of Alabama

3.3%

Villanova University

3.3%

University of California - Irvine

3.3%

Arizona State University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

20.1%

Mechanical Engineering

12.7%

Industrial Engineering

9.7%

Chemical Engineering

9.2%

Electrical Engineering

6.9%

Industrial Technology

5.5%

Manufacturing Engineering

4.1%

Engineering And Industrial Management

4.1%

Engineering

3.7%

Management

3.5%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

3.5%

Project Management

2.5%

Computer Science

2.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.9%

Chemistry

1.9%

Materials Science And Engineering

1.9%

Operations Management

1.8%

Drafting And Design

1.6%

Finance

1.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.9%

Masters

28.3%

Other

13.8%

Associate

6.2%

Certificate

1.8%

Doctorate

1.5%

Diploma

0.5%
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Real Quality Engineer/Process Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Quality Process Engineer Sky Chefs, Inc. NY Oct 20, 2014 $130,000 -
$140,000
Global Procurement Process and Quality Adobe Systems Incorporated Orem, UT Aug 16, 2011 $105,000
Process Quality Engineer Futuris Automotive Interiors (Us) Inc. Long Beach, CA Jan 01, 2015 $105,000
Process Quality Engineer-Welding Futuris Automotive (Us) Inc. Newark, CA Apr 01, 2015 $98,800
Process Quality Engineer The Boeing Company Everett, WA Jul 02, 2010 $96,012
Process Engineer, Quality Department OMK Tube, Inc. Houston, TX Jun 16, 2015 $95,285
Quality Engineer-Signal Processing and Communications The Mathworks, Inc. Natick, MA Jul 06, 2016 $95,000
Process Quality Engineer III FMC Technologies Houston, TX Nov 25, 2014 $93,766
Signal Processing HDL Quality Engineer The Mathworks, Inc. Natick, MA Sep 22, 2011 $93,009
Process & Quality Engineer Praxair Surface Technologies, Inc. Indianapolis, IN Jan 07, 2016 $92,000
Quality Process Engineer I Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc. Seward, NE Feb 06, 2016 $85,155 -
$95,155
Quality Engineer--Coating Processes & Continuous Annealing Arcelormittal USA LLC East Chicago, IN Feb 20, 2015 $84,531
Repair Process Quality Engineer Motorola Mobility LLC Fort Worth, TX Sep 24, 2015 $83,138 -
$103,300
Process Improver Quality, OE Fabrication Pilkington North America, Inc. Rossford, OH Aug 06, 2015 $82,805
Process Quality Engineer Neschen Corporation Elkridge, MD Nov 30, 2012 $76,010
Quality Engineer--Coating Processes & Continuous A Arcelormittal USA LLC East Chicago, IN Dec 02, 2013 $75,712
Image Processing Toolbox Quality Engineer The Mathworks, Inc. Natick, MA Sep 24, 2010 $75,400
Quality Process Engineer Tenneco, Inc. Seward, NE Sep 05, 2014 $75,005 -
$76,000
Image Processing and File Formats Quality Engineer The Mathworks, Inc. Natick, MA Mar 29, 2010 $74,584
Quality and Process Engineer Jostens, Inc. Denton, TX Jul 14, 2016 $74,547
Quality Process Engineer I Tenneco, Inc. Seward, NE Dec 29, 2014 $74,173
Quality Engineer-Signal Processing and Communica The Mathworks, Inc. Natick, MA Jun 07, 2013 $74,000
Quality/Process Engineer Javad Ems, Inc. San Jose, CA May 30, 2016 $64,958
Process Quality Engineer Fractyl Laboratories Inc. Waltham, MA Jun 30, 2016 $64,917
Process Quality Engineer Jacobs Vehicle System Bloomfield, CT Aug 04, 2008 $64,134
Quality Engineer, Process Halla Climate Systems Alabama Corporation Shorter, AL Sep 13, 2013 $63,000
Quality Engineer, Process & Systems Gentex Optics, Inc. Dudley, MA Feb 09, 2016 $63,000
Quality Process Engineer Datasoft Technologies, Inc. Greer, SC Jul 31, 2015 $63,000 -
$79,040
Process Quality Engineer Symmetry Medical Manufacturing Inc. Lansing, MI Apr 01, 2015 $62,379
Process Quality Engineer Neshen Corporation Elkridge, MD Mar 04, 2011 $62,000

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Top Skills for A Quality Engineer/Process Engineer

  1. Product Quality
  2. Audit
  3. Procedures
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  • Coordinated with raw material vendors to resolve quality issues and adjust material specifications to improve final product quality.
  • Conducted third party site audits for implementing Non-Destructive Inspection testing
  • Reviewed and diagnosed procedures/processes qualification.
  • Work closely with warehouse employees and management to better understand warehouse processes in order to provide realistic process improvements.
  • Provide material review dispositions for non-conforming material or procedures, identifying non-conformance trends and evaluating the effectiveness of corrective actions taken.

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