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Working As A Quality Systems 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

  • $92,600

    Average Salary

What Does A Quality Systems 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 Systems 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 Systems Engineer Career Paths

Quality Systems Engineer
Senior Quality Assurance Engineer Senior Quality Engineer Quality Manager
Corporate Quality Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Director Of Quality Plant Manager
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
Project Manager Product Manager Purchasing Manager
Director, Procurement
13 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Project Manager Quality Manager
Factory Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Manager Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Quality Engineer Quality Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Quality Assurance Analyst Senior Quality Engineer
Plant/Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Quality Assurance Lead Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Assurance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Supplier Quality Engineer Senior Quality Engineer
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Quality Engineer Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Quality Assurance Engineer Quality Assurance Lead Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Engineering Manager Quality Manager
Quality Systems Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Program Manager Operations Director
Senior Director, Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Quality Manager Plant Manager Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Systems Manager Production Manager Quality Manager
Senior Quality Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Director Of Quality Director Of Technology And Services Vice President, Technology
Vice President Of Global Operations
15 Yearsyrs
Supplier Quality Engineer Quality Assurance Manager Plant Manager
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
Quality Systems 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 Engineer 3.3 years
Quality Lead 3.1 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 2.2%
Top Employers After
Consultant 3.3%
Owner 1.7%
Manager 1.7%

Quality Systems Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

64.5%

Female

32.1%

Unknown

3.3%
Ethnicity

White

71.0%

Hispanic or Latino

13.1%

Asian

11.8%

Unknown

2.9%

Black or African American

1.3%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.9%

Japanese

9.3%

French

9.3%

Chinese

7.0%

Italian

7.0%

Portuguese

4.7%

Korean

4.7%

Hindi

2.3%

Turkish

2.3%

Persian

2.3%

Bengali

2.3%

Mandarin

2.3%

Thai

2.3%

Arabic

2.3%
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Quality Systems Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

23.0%

Purdue University

8.0%

Iowa State University

6.0%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

5.0%

Northeastern University

5.0%

North Carolina State University

4.0%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

4.0%

State University of New York Buffalo

4.0%

Oklahoma State University

4.0%

Michigan State University

4.0%

Auburn University

4.0%

Temple University

4.0%

Northern Illinois University

4.0%

University of Connecticut

3.0%

Washington State University

3.0%

Arizona State University

3.0%

Oakland University

3.0%

More Tech Institute

3.0%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

3.0%

Kent State University

3.0%
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Majors

Business

23.9%

Electrical Engineering

10.7%

Mechanical Engineering

9.9%

Industrial Engineering

8.3%

Management

5.6%

Computer Science

5.1%

Engineering And Industrial Management

4.3%

Engineering

4.3%

Industrial Technology

4.0%

Chemistry

2.9%

Chemical Engineering

2.9%

Biology

2.7%

Computer Information Systems

2.7%

Manufacturing Engineering

1.9%

Biomedical Engineering

1.9%

Communication

1.9%

Psychology

1.9%

Health Care Administration

1.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.9%

Food Science

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

48.4%

Masters

30.2%

Other

13.0%

Associate

3.5%

Doctorate

2.0%

Certificate

1.9%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.2%
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Real Quality Systems Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
System Engineer 3, Quality Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 23, 2016 $128,520
System Quality Engineer Varian Medical Systems Milpitas, CA Jun 30, 2016 $119,350 -
$138,403
Senior Quality System Engineer Vital Connect, Inc. Campbell, CA Jul 13, 2015 $115,500
Quality Systems Engineer Alivecor, Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 30, 2016 $110,000
Quality Systems Engineer Alivecor, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 27, 2016 $110,000
Supplier Quality Systems Engineers Enphase Energy Petaluma, CA Sep 20, 2016 $109,000
Supplier Quality Systems Engineer Enphase Energy, Inc. Petaluma, CA Jun 12, 2015 $109,000 -
$126,800
LTE-Voice/Data Quality Systems Engineer Alcatel-Lucent USA, Inc. (DBA Nokia) Hillsborough, NJ Aug 25, 2016 $108,000
Senior Quality Systems Engineer Haemonetics Manufacturing, Inc. (Sub. of Haemonetics Corporation) Covina, CA Jan 14, 2016 $105,000 -
$115,000
Lead Quality Systems Engineer Cimpress USA, Incorporated Waltham, MA Feb 29, 2016 $105,000 -
$125,000
Quality Systems Engineer Cisco Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA May 23, 2013 $104,437 -
$155,000
Quality Systems Engineer Cisco Systems, Inc. Columbia, MD Jan 09, 2016 $100,506 -
$122,500
System Quality Engineer II Cavium, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 06, 2016 $100,277 -
$110,277
Quality Systems Engineer Lead Micron Technology, Inc. Manassas, VA Dec 24, 2014 $93,962 -
$94,778
Systems Engineer, Quality Assurance Proship Inc. Brookfield, WI Nov 04, 2016 $93,766
Quality Systems Engineer Cisco Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 22, 2011 $93,661 -
$123,700
Supplier Quality Systems Engineer Enphase Energy, Inc. Petaluma, CA Nov 14, 2016 $93,184 -
$109,000
System Quality Engineer Varian Medical Systems, Inc. Milpitas, CA Jul 18, 2015 $92,290 -
$105,000
Senior Quality Systems Engineer Helix Medical, LLC Carpinteria, CA Jul 01, 2015 $90,000
System Engineer QA Prolim Consulting Inc. Lansing, MI May 07, 2016 $90,000
Quality Systems Engineer H & T Waterbury Inc. Waterbury, CT Sep 14, 2016 $88,000
Quality Systems Engineer TYCO Healthcare Group LP Boulder, CO Jul 26, 2011 $78,000
Senior Quality Systems Engineer St. Jude Medical, Cardiology Division, Inc. Minnetonka, MN Aug 20, 2015 $77,700
System Object Quality Engineer The Mathworks, Inc. Natick, MA Jul 31, 2012 $77,180
Quality Systems Engineer B/E Aerospace Inc. Everett, WA Sep 27, 2016 $76,149
Systems Quality Analsyt Trendset It Inc. Berkeley Lake, GA Sep 24, 2016 $75,000
Systems Engineer Quality Assurance Syniverse Technologies Tampa, FL Sep 15, 2013 $75,000
Quality Engineer Computer Systems Validation Dynamic Enterprise Solutions Inc. Schaumburg, IL Jul 10, 2016 $74,818
Biomedical Quality Systems Audit Engineer St. Jude Medical, Implantable Electronic Systems Division Selma, CA Sep 30, 2015 $74,738

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Top Skills for A Quality Systems Engineer

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Top Quality Systems Engineer Skills

  1. ISO
  2. Supplier Quality
  3. Ensure Compliance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Demonstrated excellence in successfully completing ISO 9001:2008, ISO14001:2004, OHSAS 18001:2007 certification process for 4 units in 5 months.
  • Support daily internal audits, supplier audits and supplier quality issues, as well as, customer specific audits and issues.
  • Developed and implemented policy and procedures to ensure compliance to customer requirements.
  • Perform defect trending, procedure verification, statistical analysis, error proofing procedures, review print/design and tool/fixture application.
  • Assist corrective action board (CAB) by being a member, provide problem solving/ resolution.

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