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Working As A Quality Lead

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • $75,600

    Average Salary

What Does A Quality Lead 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 Lead

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 Lead Career Paths

Quality Lead
Senior Consultant Project Manager Quality Manager
Corporate Quality Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Manager Senior Manager Director Of Quality
Director Of Continuous Improvement
14 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager Operations Manager Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager Quality Manager
Director Of Quality
14 Yearsyrs
Quality Manager Operations Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Director Of Quality Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Quality Manager Plant Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Production Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Director Of Quality Operations Director
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Operation Supervisor Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Manager Data Analyst Quality Assurance
Quality Assurance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Subject Matter Expert Business Analyst
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Plant Manager Project Manager Engineering Manager
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Manager Quality Manager
Quality Systems Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Operations Director
Senior Director, Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Manager Quality Assurance Manager
Senior Quality Assurance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Plant Manager Construction Manager Quality Manager
Senior Quality Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Technical Director Vice President, Technology
Vice President Of Global Operations
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Program Director Operations Director
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Director Of Quality
Vice-President Of Quality
15 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Quality Manager 4.0 years
Quality Supervisor 3.6 years
Quality Technician 3.6 years
Quality Engineer 3.3 years
Auditor/Quality 3.1 years
Quality Specialist 3.0 years
Quality Lead 3.0 years
Quality Assurance 2.9 years
Quality Consultant 2.6 years
Quality Associate 2.6 years
Quality Assistant 2.1 years
Top Employers Before
Manager 4.3%
Supervisor 3.4%
Top Employers After
Consultant 3.3%
Manager 3.3%
Director 2.9%

Quality Lead Demographics

Gender

Male

58.6%

Female

39.5%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

75.2%

Asian

11.9%

Hispanic or Latino

9.6%

Unknown

2.6%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

German

8.1%

French

6.5%

Arabic

6.5%

Portuguese

3.2%

Hindi

3.2%

Comanche

1.6%

Serbian

1.6%

Chinese

1.6%

Romanian

1.6%

Russian

1.6%

Cantonese

1.6%

Kannada

1.6%

Occidental

1.6%

Coptic

1.6%

Slovak

1.6%

Bengali

1.6%

Mandarin

1.6%

Croatian

1.6%

Italian

1.6%
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Quality Lead Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.9%

Indiana Wesleyan University

7.5%

Purdue University

6.9%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.3%

Michigan State University

5.6%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

4.4%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.4%

Arizona State University

4.4%

Webster University

4.4%

Pennsylvania State University

4.4%

University of Alabama

3.8%

Villanova University

3.8%

University of Wisconsin Extension

3.8%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

3.8%

University of Houston

3.8%

Northeastern University

3.8%

University of Toledo

3.1%

Northwestern University

3.1%

Kettering University

3.1%

Texas A&M University

3.1%
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Majors

Business

34.7%

Mechanical Engineering

6.4%

Electrical Engineering

5.9%

Computer Science

5.6%

Management

5.2%

Industrial Engineering

4.6%

Nursing

3.4%

Biology

3.2%

Chemistry

3.0%

Finance

3.0%

Engineering

3.0%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.9%

Industrial Technology

2.7%

Education

2.6%

Computer Information Systems

2.6%

Accounting

2.6%

Chemical Engineering

2.4%

Information Technology

2.3%

Health Care Administration

2.0%

Supply Chain Management

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.9%

Masters

31.6%

Other

15.5%

Associate

7.2%

Certificate

4.1%

Doctorate

2.2%

Diploma

1.3%

License

0.2%
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Real Quality Lead Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Quality Engineering Lead Naehas, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jun 15, 2016 $142,500 -
$162,000
Quality Engineering Lead Naehas, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Oct 13, 2014 $140,000
Data Quality Lead Brown Brothers Harriman &Amp; Co. Jersey City, NJ May 12, 2016 $130,000
Advanced Quality Planning Leader Ingersoll Rand Company Minneapolis, MN Jan 05, 2015 $130,000
Site Quality Leader Zoetis Inc. San Diego, CA Oct 13, 2016 $129,397
Quality Lead (Engineer) Futuris Automotive (Us) Inc. Newark, CA Jul 25, 2015 $126,000
Quality, Security & Governance Leader Columbus Networks USA (2015), Inc. North Miami Beach, FL Jun 22, 2015 $120,750
Quality Engineering Lead Appcelerator, Inc. Mountain View, CA Apr 28, 2014 $120,000 -
$130,000
Quality Management System Lead Aegle Care, Inc. Waltham, MA Dec 20, 2016 $115,000
Quality Engineering Lead Adobe Systems Incorporated New York, NY May 15, 2015 $112,154
Digital Quality Management Lead NIKE, Inc. Beaverton, OR Nov 04, 2013 $110,000
Digital Quality Management Lead-Mobile Test Exec NIKE, Inc. Beaverton, OR Feb 24, 2014 $110,000
Quality Leader Creation Technologies San Jose, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Sep 22, 2014 $110,000 -
$130,000
Quality Engineering Lead Adobe Systems Incorporated Baltimore, MD Aug 19, 2015 $108,856
Quality Operations Leader, Itsd Corning Incorporated Corning, NY Sep 19, 2013 $97,979
Design Quality Launch Lead General Motors Company Warren, MI Nov 08, 2016 $97,488
Process Quality Leader OCI Wyoming Co Green River, WY Apr 01, 2013 $97,000
Data Quality Lead Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Chicago, IL Jun 01, 2015 $96,400
Mining Quality Systems Leader GE Transportation Parts LLC Erie, PA Aug 18, 2014 $94,000
Silcones Quality Leader Momentive Performance Materials USA LLC Waterford, NY Apr 25, 2016 $93,000 -
$150,500
Category Quality Leader Kraft Foods Group, Inc. Tarrytown, NY Jan 05, 2015 $77,000
Special Processes and Quality Leader Walbar Inc. Phoenix, AZ Sep 15, 2013 $76,274 -
$88,459
Quality Leader General Electric Company Hanover Park, IL Sep 06, 2013 $75,700
Quality Lead Nagarro, Inc. Coopersburg, PA Aug 24, 2015 $75,600
Quality Lead Nagarro, Inc. Coopersburg, PA Mar 03, 2014 $75,600
Quality Lead Nagarro, Inc. Coopersburg, PA Sep 03, 2014 $75,600
Quality Control Leader DMG Mori Manufacturing USA, Inc. Davis, CA Jan 15, 2016 $75,212 -
$96,440
Quality Lead Nagarro, Inc. New York, NY Jun 09, 2016 $75,000

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Top Skills for A Quality Lead

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Top Quality Lead Skills

  1. Supplier Quality
  2. Ensure Compliance
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed a Supplier Quality Rating and reporting system.
  • Improved plant quality systems through continuous audit activities to ensure compliance to all local, federal and corporate guidelines.
  • Understand and implement procedures to manage inventory shelf life and expiring inventory.
  • Planned and conducted internal quality audits once a year by establishing a schedule and assigning specific processes to our internal auditors.
  • Participate in or coordinate projects with ISO committee to make sure site is in compliant.

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