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Become A Quality Engineer/Process Engineer

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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

  • $83,470

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Quality Engineer/Process Engineer does

  • Reduced scrap, customer complaints, and quality issues through tracking and reporting.
  • Evaluate batches against lab standards and specifications.
  • Prepared PPAP documentation (PFMEA, Control Plans, APQP), QS9000, and ISO 9001.
  • Expanded QS9001 scope to include molding operation.
  • Served as quality representative for customer-returned material and worked with customer, U.S. Navy, on cause and corrective actions.
  • Created and maintained FMEA, Process Flow, and Control Plans.
  • Identified ongoing process improvements, operational gaps, and potential remediation steps.
  • Developed, wrote and implemented quality procedures and work instructions.
  • Improved ISO9002-QS9000 certification audit results 70% by increasing internal audit cycles.
  • Receipt of inbound material and pre-processing preparation Auditing and reporting on mail sortation process Coordinate with customer service to resolve processing issues
  • Led cross-functional team through Advanced Product Quality Planning process.
  • Participate in New product introduction (NPI)
  • Analyzed process flows and developed new procedures based on Kaizen and lean manufacturing principles.
  • Analyzed and performed quality processes for Aircraft Certification Services and internal audits on Piper's Flight Operations Manual and other Programs.
  • Utilized ISO 9000, QS9000, GMP, SPC, TQM, Lean Manufacturing, and Six Sigma.
  • Supply SPC Data via Cp & Cpk reports used to monitor critical dimensions determined by customer QA and Design Engineering.
  • Review and approve quality requirements for manufacturing planning and engineering drawings/specifications to ensure compliance to customer contract requirement.
  • Resolved quality issues between Honeywell and suppliers.
  • Function as Litigation team system liaison.
  • Developed and managed Quality Circles, a group of volunteers who tackle continuous improvement projects.

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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.


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.


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 Demographics


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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • German

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Real Quality Engineer/Process Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Global Procurement Process and Quality Adobe Systems Incorporated Orem, UT Aug 16, 2011 $105,000
Process Improver Quality, OE Fabrication Pilkington North America, Inc. Rossford, OH Aug 06, 2015 $82,805
Process Improver Quality, OE Fabrication Pilkington North America, Inc. Rossford, OH Sep 16, 2015 $79,320
Engineer Process/Quality Safco Products Company Minneapolis, MN Jul 06, 2011 $58,500 -
Quality Process Improver Pilkington North America, Inc. Toledo, OH Apr 08, 2013 $56,618 -

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Top Skills for A Quality Engineer/Process Engineer


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Top Quality Engineer/Process Engineer Skills

  1. Quality Procedures
  2. ISO
  3. Corrective Action
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed, wrote and implemented quality procedures and work instructions.
  • Developed and implemented a Quality Management System in an ISO 9001:2000 registered facility.
  • Conducted process flow root cause analysis, interpreted accumulated data, engaged corrective actions that eliminated repeated process cells.
  • Review and approve quality requirements for manufacturing planning and engineering drawings/specifications to ensure compliance to customer contract requirement.
  • Required statistical analysis and meeting minimum quality requirements per the Six Sigma Quality system.

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