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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
  • $42,000

    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 Career Paths

Quality Technician
Quality Assurance Specialist Account Manager Staff Accountant
Audit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Supplier Quality Engineer Purchasing Manager Business Manager
Business Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Quality Manager Plant Manager General Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Quality Analyst Compliance Analyst Compliance Specialist
Compliance Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Manager Operations Manager Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Specialist Operation Supervisor Team Manager
Group Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager Operations Manager Safety Manager
Health And Safety Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Quality Manager Operations Manager
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Supervisor Maintenance Technician Senior Technologist
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Quality Assurance Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Supplier Quality Engineer Engineer Process Engineer
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Specialist Quality Engineer
Quality Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Quality Engineer Quality Supervisor Quality Assurance Manager
Regulatory Affairs Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Quality Specialist Supplier Quality Engineer Engineer
Senior Electrical Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Manufacturing Engineer Quality Engineer
Senior Quality Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Maintenance Supervisor
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Quality Supervisor Quality Manager Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
CMM Programmer Quality Engineer Senior Engineer
Staff Engineer
5 Yearsyrs
Quality Supervisor Quality Assurance Manager Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager Production Manager Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 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 3.7 years
Quality Engineer 3.3 years
Quality Lead 3.1 years
Auditor/Quality 3.1 years
Quality Specialist 3.0 years
Quality Inspector 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Quality Technician
Technician 4.9%
Supervisor 4.2%
Cashier 4.1%
Assembler 3.3%
Inspector 3.2%
Top Careers After Quality Technician
Technician 3.4%

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Quality Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

58.9%

Female

39.2%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

65.3%

Hispanic or Latino

13.3%

Black or African American

10.8%

Asian

7.6%

Unknown

3.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

67.9%

German

5.0%

Japanese

3.6%

Hmong

2.9%

Chinese

2.9%

French

2.1%

Tagalog

2.1%

Portuguese

2.1%

Mandarin

1.4%

Italian

1.4%

Irish

1.4%

Polish

1.4%

Romanian

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

21.5%

Grand Rapids Community College

6.6%

Baker College

5.4%

Tri-County Technical College

5.2%

Sinclair Community College

4.7%

Indiana Wesleyan University

4.5%

American InterContinental University

4.3%

Ashford University

4.0%

Eastern Kentucky University

4.0%

Strayer University

4.0%

Macomb Community College

3.8%

Pennsylvania State University

3.8%

Trident Technical College

3.5%

Southwest Tennessee Community College

3.5%

Purdue University

3.5%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.5%

Michigan State University

3.5%

Kaplan University

3.5%

Western Kentucky University

3.5%

University of Toledo

3.3%
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Majors

Business

31.1%

Electrical Engineering

7.3%

Biology

5.8%

Industrial Technology

5.7%

Management

4.6%

Mechanical Engineering

4.3%

General Studies

4.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.7%

Accounting

3.6%

Computer Science

3.3%

Criminal Justice

3.3%

Chemistry

3.2%

Health Care Administration

2.9%

Computer Information Systems

2.7%

Information Technology

2.7%

Education

2.5%

Engineering

2.3%

Psychology

2.3%

Drafting And Design

2.3%

Human Resources Management

2.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

32.9%

Other

29.8%

Associate

20.5%

Masters

7.8%

Certificate

6.2%

Diploma

2.0%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.4%
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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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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A Quality Technician

Average Yearly Salary
$42,000
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$30,000
Min 10%
$42,000
Median 50%
$42,000
Median 50%
$42,000
Median 50%
$42,000
Median 50%
$42,000
Median 50%
$42,000
Median 50%
$42,000
Median 50%
$59,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
BAE Systems Inc
Highest Paying City
Lodi, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.6 years
How much does a Quality Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Quality Technician in the United States is $43,037 per year or $21 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $31,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $59,000.

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Top Skills for A Quality Technician

  1. Quality Department
  2. Quality Procedures
  3. CMM
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.
  • Developed and implemented quality procedures and policies to improve alignment of work practices with quality standards and government regulations.
  • Create automated PC-DMIS/MCOSMOS Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) programs to support Statistical Process controls (SPC) implementation.
  • Inspect parts daily for 100% accuracy * Measure parts to ISO standards * Maintain clean parts for the health products
  • Approved in-process production of new manufactured vehicles on an assembly line, while communicating required adjustments to production supervisor.

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