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Working As A Quality Laboratory 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
  • $46,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Quality Laboratory 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 Laboratory 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 Laboratory Technician Career Paths

Quality Laboratory Technician
Quality Technician Quality Engineer
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Technician Quality Engineer Quality Manager
Director Of Quality
14 Yearsyrs
Quality Technician Quality Engineer Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Assurance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Technician Quality Assurance Supervisor
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Technician Quality Assurance Supervisor Quality Assurance Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Technician Production Supervisor Production Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Supervisor Project Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Maintenance Supervisor Chief Engineer
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Analyst Chemist
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Analyst Chemist Quality Control Supervisor
Quality Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Analyst Chemist Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Systems Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Manager Production Manager
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Supervisor Production Manager
Continuous Improvement Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Manager Property Manager
Compliance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Field Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Engineer Research And Development Engineer
Research And Development Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Specialist Quality Assurance Specialist
Quality Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Technician Process Engineer Supplier Quality Engineer
Assistant Manager Of Quality
6 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Technician Process Engineer Senior Quality Engineer
Senior Quality Assurance Technician
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Process Technician 4.0 years
Quality Technician 3.8 years
Top Careers Before Quality Laboratory Technician
Cashier 6.0%
Internship 5.3%
Manager 2.3%
Technician 2.3%
Supervisor 2.1%
Top Careers After Quality Laboratory Technician
Technician 3.7%
Manager 3.3%
Chemist 3.1%
Cashier 3.1%

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Top Skills for A Quality Laboratory Technician

  1. Lab Equipment
  2. Raw Materials
  3. Food Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintain lab equipment and ensure timely calibration as necessary.
  • Performed chemical and physical tests on incoming raw materials and finished products to ensure that the products meet established quality specifications.
  • Completed microbiological and pathogen analysis of ingredients and finished products to ensure food safety.
  • Operated laboratory equipment including pH meters, autoclaves, microscopes, centrifuges, and sprectrophotometers.
  • Record inspection and test data, including weights, temperatures, grades, moisture content and quantities inspected/graded.

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Quality Laboratory Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

48.0%

Female

42.6%

Unknown

9.4%
Ethnicity

White

63.4%

Hispanic or Latino

13.7%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

7.5%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.3%

Chinese

6.7%

French

3.3%

Tagalog

3.3%

Arabic

3.3%

Russian

3.3%

German

1.7%

Portuguese

1.7%

Khmer

1.7%

Vietnamese

1.7%

Hebrew

1.7%

Dakota

1.7%

Ukrainian

1.7%

Bulgarian

1.7%

Japanese

1.7%

Gujarati

1.7%

Hindi

1.7%

Mandarin

1.7%

Thai

1.7%
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Quality Laboratory Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.3%

Michigan State University

9.3%

Purdue University

6.0%

University of California - Davis

5.3%

Drexel University

5.3%

Macomb Community College

4.7%

Pennsylvania State University

4.7%

University of Kentucky

4.7%

Baker College

4.7%

Owens Community College

4.0%

University of Toledo

4.0%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.0%

University of Cincinnati

4.0%

Grand Valley State University

4.0%

Iowa State University

4.0%

Ohio State University

4.0%

Greenville Technical College

4.0%

Ohio University -

3.3%

Wayne State University

3.3%

Columbus State Community College

3.3%
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Majors

Biology

22.2%

Business

17.6%

Chemistry

13.6%

Pharmacy

3.4%

Health Care Administration

3.4%

Criminal Justice

3.2%

Microbiology

2.9%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

2.9%

Industrial Technology

2.8%

Electrical Engineering

2.8%

Management

2.8%

Environmental Science

2.8%

Chemical Engineering

2.8%

Computer Science

2.6%

Accounting

2.6%

General Studies

2.5%

Psychology

2.5%

Mechanical Engineering

2.5%

Education

2.1%

Biotechnology

2.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.0%

Other

23.4%

Associate

15.2%

Masters

8.0%

Certificate

6.3%

Diploma

1.7%

Doctorate

1.1%

License

0.2%
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