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Working As A Quality 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
  • $37,440

    Average Salary

What Does A Quality 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 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 Technician jobs

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Quality Technician Career Paths

Quality Technician
Quality Assurance Supervisor Quality Control Manager Quality Manager
Corporate Quality Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Quality Manager
Director Of Quality
14 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Quality Engineer Engineering Manager Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Specialist Production Supervisor Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager Production Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Manager Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Supervisor Quality Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Supervisor Quality Assurance Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Manager Plant Manager General Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Design Engineer Process Engineer
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Specialist Quality Engineer
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Supplier Quality Engineer Project Manager Construction Manager
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Supplier Quality Engineer Senior Quality Engineer Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Systems Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager Project Manager Product Manager
Research And Development Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Production Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
CMM Programmer Quality Engineer Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Quality Technician 4.0 years
Quality Manager 4.0 years
Process Technician 3.9 years
Quality Supervisor 3.6 years
Quality Engineer 3.3 years
Auditor/Quality 3.1 years
Quality Lead 3.1 years
Quality Specialist 3.0 years
Quality Control 2.9 years
Quality Associate 2.6 years
Quality Inspector 2.5 years
Top Employers Before
Technician 4.8%
Supervisor 4.3%
Cashier 4.1%
Manager 3.2%
Operator 3.2%
Top Employers After
Technician 3.2%

Quality Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

59.2%

Female

39.1%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

80.1%

Hispanic or Latino

10.4%

Asian

7.4%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

68.5%

German

4.2%

Japanese

4.2%

Hmong

2.8%

Tagalog

2.8%

Portuguese

2.8%

French

2.1%

Chinese

2.1%

Italian

1.4%

Irish

1.4%

Polish

1.4%

Romanian

0.7%

Mandarin

0.7%

Dutch

0.7%

Korean

0.7%

Bulgarian

0.7%

Bosnian

0.7%

Russian

0.7%

Greek

0.7%

Serbian

0.7%
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Quality Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.7%

Grand Rapids Community College

6.0%

Baker College

5.3%

Tri-County Technical College

5.1%

Sinclair Community College

4.9%

Indiana Wesleyan University

4.9%

Ashford University

4.4%

Macomb Community College

4.2%

Southwest Tennessee Community College

4.2%

Strayer University

4.2%

Pennsylvania State University

4.0%

American InterContinental University

4.0%

Eastern Kentucky University

3.7%

Purdue University

3.7%

Western Kentucky University

3.7%

University of Toledo

3.5%

Michigan State University

3.5%

Kaplan University

3.5%

Trident Technical College

3.3%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

31.0%

Electrical Engineering

7.6%

Biology

6.2%

Industrial Technology

5.6%

Management

4.6%

General Studies

4.2%

Mechanical Engineering

4.1%

Accounting

3.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.5%

Criminal Justice

3.5%

Chemistry

3.4%

Computer Science

3.3%

Health Care Administration

2.9%

Education

2.6%

Information Technology

2.6%

Engineering

2.5%

Computer Information Systems

2.4%

Psychology

2.3%

Drafting And Design

2.2%

Liberal Arts

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

33.7%

Other

29.0%

Associate

20.0%

Masters

8.4%

Certificate

6.1%

Diploma

1.9%

Doctorate

0.5%

License

0.3%
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Real Quality Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Quality Technician 3 Illumina, Inc. San Diego, CA Sep 28, 2013 $43,971 -
$63,971
Quality Technician Unilever United States, Inc. Jonesboro, AR Jan 09, 2016 $42,566
Quality Technician 3 Illumina, Inc. San Diego, CA Sep 01, 2014 $42,157 -
$63,027
Quality Technician Vitality Foodservice, Inc. Chicago, IL Sep 12, 2014 $42,000 -
$52,000
Quality Technician 3 Illumina, Inc. San Diego, CA Aug 01, 2015 $41,636 -
$83,376
Package Quality Technician Pernod Ricard USA, LLC Fort Smith, AR Dec 13, 2016 $41,410
Concrete Quality Technologist Concrete Safety Systems, LLC Bethel, PA Oct 18, 2010 $41,156
Quality Technician Unilever United States, Inc. Jonesboro, AR Sep 01, 2013 $40,000
Quality Technician Ab Mauri Food, Inc. Boyceville, WI Sep 04, 2013 $37,440
Concrete Quality Technologist Concrete Safety Systems, LLC Bethel, PA Oct 01, 2012 $37,232
Manufacturing Quality Technologist Daehan Solution Georgia LLC West Point, GA Sep 15, 2015 $36,192 -
$42,192
Concrete Quality Technologist Concrete Safety Systems, LLC Bethel, PA Apr 03, 2012 $36,000

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Top Skills for A Quality Technician

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Top Quality Technician Skills

  1. Quality Department
  2. Product Quality
  3. Quality Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide quality department support to the different manufacturing production areas as required.
  • Inspected outbound shipments and conducted random sampling to ensure product quality.
  • Reviewed quality procedures for medical device manufacture and revised to minimize manufacturing time while maintaining product integrity.
  • Certified coordinate measuring machine (CMM) operator.
  • Served as Team Lead, training new hires while ensuring all safety and production goals were met.

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