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Working As A Senior Quality 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

  • $97,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Quality 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 Senior Quality 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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Senior Quality Engineer Career Paths

Senior Quality Engineer
Quality Manager
Corporate Quality Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager Quality Manager
Project Quality Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager Project Manager Quality Manager
Supplier Quality Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager Production Manager Manufacturing Manager
Senior Manufacturing Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Quality Supervisor Production Manager Processing Manager
Senior Process Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Engineering Program Manager
Senior Program And Engineering Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Quality Supervisor Production Manager Engineering Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Lead Senior Test Systems Engineer Senior Quality Assurance Engineer
Quality Assurance Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Manager, Quality Engineer
Director Of Quality & Engineering
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Purchasing Manager Manufacturing Manager
Manufacturing Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Engineering Operations Manager Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Property Manager Compliance Manager
Regulatory Compliance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Supervisor
Assistant Manager Of Quality
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Principal Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Project Manager-Manufacturing
9 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Manufacturing Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Manager Research And Development Manager
New Product Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Lead Production Supervisor Production Superintendent
Launch Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Manager Continuous Improvement Manager
Manager Of Operations Excellence
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Quality Supervisor 3.8 years
Quality Engineer 3.3 years
Top Careers Before Senior Quality Engineer
Engineer 2.0%
Top Careers After Senior Quality Engineer
Consultant 2.5%
Manager 2.2%

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Average Yearly Salary
$97,000
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$75,000
Min 10%
$97,000
Median 50%
$97,000
Median 50%
$97,000
Median 50%
$97,000
Median 50%
$97,000
Median 50%
$97,000
Median 50%
$97,000
Median 50%
$126,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Microsoft
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Maine
Avg Experience Level
4.2 years
How much does a Senior Quality Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Quality Engineer in the United States is $97,916 per year or $47 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $75,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $126,000.

Real Senior Quality Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Quality Engineer Twitter, Inc. New York, NY Aug 07, 2016 $180,000
Senior Quality Engineer Twitter, Inc. New York, NY Jul 06, 2015 $180,000
SR. Quality Engineer Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Nov 30, 2016 $164,382
Senior Quality Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 20, 2016 $162,950
Quality Engineer, Senior Ticketfly LLC San Francisco, CA Nov 30, 2015 $162,000
Quality Engineer, Senior Ticketfly, LLC San Francisco, CA Oct 08, 2016 $160,000 -
$185,000
Senior Quality Engineer Vmware, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Aug 21, 2016 $159,750
SR. Quality Engineer Shutterfly, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Apr 25, 2016 $157,477
Senior Quality Engineer Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Apr 06, 2016 $150,000
SR. Quality Automation Engineer Renaissance Learning, Inc. New York, NY Sep 19, 2016 $150,000 -
$180,000
Senior Quality Engineer Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 16, 2016 $150,000
Senior Quality Engineer Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 16, 2016 $147,000
SR. Quality Engineer Lead Trilliant Networks, Inc. Redwood City, CA Mar 29, 2016 $145,725
Senior Quality Engineer SONY Network Entertainment International LLC San Diego, CA Dec 22, 2015 $145,000
Senior Quality Engineer Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Apr 13, 2015 $114,600 -
$138,300
Senior Quality Engineer Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Apr 27, 2015 $114,600 -
$138,300
Senior Quality Engineer MacYs.com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 02, 2016 $114,400 -
$151,500
Quality Senior Engineer Dell Marketing L.P. Santa Clara, CA Nov 30, 2015 $114,206
Quality Senior Engineer Dell Marketing LP Santa Clara, CA Sep 18, 2015 $114,206
Senior Quality Engineer MacYs.com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 06, 2015 $114,143 -
$120,000
Supervising SR. Quality Engineer Howmedica Osteonics Corporation D/B/A Stryker Orthopaedics Mahwah, NJ Nov 17, 2015 $114,095
Senior Quality Engineer The Mathworks, Inc. Natick, MA Jul 31, 2015 $97,944
Senior Quality Engineer The Mathworks, Inc. Natick, MA Aug 22, 2016 $97,870
Senior Quality Engineer Nuvasive, Inc. San Diego, CA Sep 26, 2015 $97,803
Senior Quality Engineer Bioventus LLC TN Apr 27, 2016 $97,386
Senior Engineer-Quality Access Business Group LLC Buena Park, CA Oct 11, 2015 $97,112
SR. Quality Engineer Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jan 07, 2016 $96,866 -
$143,782
Assistant Director-Senior Quality Engineer Moody's Analytics San Francisco, CA May 09, 2016 $96,866 -
$120,098
Senior Quality Engineer Spectrum Manufacturing, Inc. Wheeling, IL Sep 30, 2016 $96,300

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Top Skills for A Senior Quality Engineer

  1. Product Quality
  2. Supplier Quality
  3. Corrective Action
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Initiated, established and implemented the following functions to enhance product quality and reliability: ESE program/training seminar.
  • Support the development of supplier quality through improvement activities for under-performing suppliers and certification efforts for exemplary suppliers.
  • Supported quality team in reviewing complaints and initiating corrective action to satisfaction of company and clients.
  • Introduced the use of capability analysis and statistical sampling techniques for production and for isolating quality issues.
  • Coordinated and led internal and external audit teams to ensure compliance with all internal controls and regulatory requirements.

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  1. California
  2. New Hampshire
  3. Arizona
  4. Washington
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Rhode Island
  7. Colorado
  8. Texas
  9. New Jersey
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Senior Quality Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

73.3%

Female

19.3%

Unknown

7.4%
Ethnicity

White

58.7%

Hispanic or Latino

14.5%

Asian

12.0%

Black or African American

10.0%

Unknown

4.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

49.4%

Chinese

7.1%

German

7.1%

Mandarin

6.5%

French

4.5%

Japanese

4.5%

Russian

3.9%

Hindi

2.6%

Cantonese

2.6%

Malay

1.9%

Portuguese

1.9%

Korean

1.3%

Carrier

1.3%

Comanche

1.3%

Marathi

0.6%

Gujarati

0.6%

Sanskrit

0.6%

Serer

0.6%

Bengali

0.6%

Uzbek

0.6%
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Senior Quality Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.9%

Purdue University

8.0%

San Jose State University

7.1%

Northeastern University

6.2%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.4%

Indiana Wesleyan University

5.3%

Pennsylvania State University

4.7%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

4.2%

Eastern Michigan University

4.1%

Wayne State University

3.9%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.3%

North Carolina State University

3.3%

Ohio State University

3.3%

Villanova University

3.2%

University of Texas at Austin

3.2%

University of Toledo

3.0%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.0%

University of Washington

3.0%

Illinois Institute of Technology

2.9%

Michigan State University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

24.2%

Electrical Engineering

10.9%

Mechanical Engineering

9.7%

Industrial Engineering

7.5%

Management

5.5%

Industrial Technology

5.3%

Computer Science

4.8%

Engineering

4.1%

Chemical Engineering

3.5%

Engineering And Industrial Management

3.1%

Chemistry

2.9%

Biology

2.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.2%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.2%

Manufacturing Engineering

2.2%

Project Management

2.2%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.1%

Computer Information Systems

1.8%

Statistics

1.8%

Computer Engineering

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.6%

Masters

29.5%

Other

13.9%

Associate

6.2%

Certificate

3.3%

Doctorate

1.7%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.0%
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