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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

  • $88,711

    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 Control Manager Production Manager Quality Manager
Corporate Quality Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Supervisor Operation Supervisor 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
Program Manager Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Analyst Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Quality Manager Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Program Manager Marketing Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Lead Production Supervisor Quality Supervisor
Plant/Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Lead Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Assurance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Business Analyst Quality Assurance Lead
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Technical Director Production Manager
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Supplier Quality Engineer Quality Manager
Quality Systems Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Director Of Quality Operations Director
Senior Director, Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Quality Manager Plant Manager Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Supervisor Quality Assurance Manager
Senior Quality Assurance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Lead Quality Assurance Supervisor Quality Manager
Senior Quality Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Systems Manager Director Of Quality Plant Manager
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
Director Of Quality
Vice-President Of Quality
15 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Quality Manager 4.0 years
Quality Technician 3.6 years
Quality Supervisor 3.6 years
Quality Engineer 3.3 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Quality Lead 3.1 years
Quality Specialist 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
Engineer 1.8%
Top Employers After
Consultant 2.3%
Manager 1.9%

Senior Quality Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

77.3%

Female

20.3%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

73.0%

Asian

12.1%

Hispanic or Latino

10.9%

Unknown

3.2%

Black or African American

0.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

43.3%

Chinese

8.2%

German

8.2%

Mandarin

7.5%

Japanese

6.0%

French

5.2%

Cantonese

3.7%

Hindi

3.0%

Russian

3.0%

Korean

1.5%

Malay

1.5%

Carrier

1.5%

Comanche

1.5%

Portuguese

1.5%

Vietnamese

0.7%

Marathi

0.7%

Gujarati

0.7%

Sanskrit

0.7%

Serer

0.7%

Bengali

0.7%
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Senior Quality Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.6%

Purdue University

7.2%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.6%

Northeastern University

6.6%

San Jose State University

6.4%

Pennsylvania State University

5.5%

Indiana Wesleyan University

5.5%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

4.4%

Eastern Michigan University

4.4%

University of Toledo

3.7%

National University

3.5%

Villanova University

3.5%

Ohio State University

3.3%

Western Michigan University

3.3%

Wayne State University

3.1%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.1%

North Carolina State University

2.9%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

2.9%

University of Texas at Austin

2.9%

University of Florida

2.9%
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Majors

Business

25.2%

Electrical Engineering

10.1%

Mechanical Engineering

9.2%

Industrial Engineering

7.2%

Management

5.6%

Industrial Technology

5.5%

Computer Science

4.5%

Chemical Engineering

3.7%

Engineering

3.5%

Engineering And Industrial Management

3.2%

Chemistry

2.9%

Manufacturing Engineering

2.7%

Biology

2.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.4%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.3%

Project Management

2.3%

Statistics

1.7%

Computer Information Systems

1.7%

Operations Management

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.4%

Masters

29.4%

Other

14.3%

Associate

5.7%

Certificate

3.4%

Doctorate

1.8%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.0%
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Real Senior Quality Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Quality Engineer Twitter, Inc. New York, NY Jul 06, 2015 $180,000
Senior Quality Engineer Twitter, Inc. New York, NY Aug 07, 2016 $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
Senior Quality Engineer Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 16, 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 $147,000
SR. Quality Engineer Lead Trilliant Networks, Inc. Redwood City, CA Mar 29, 2016 $145,725
Senior Quality Engineer Toutapp Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 22, 2016 $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

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Top Senior Quality Engineer Skills

  1. Supplier Quality
  2. Corrective Action
  3. Product Quality
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed supplier quality rating system adopted and applied division wide.
  • Facilitated customer audits, corrective actions and quality reviews.
  • Initiated, established and implemented the following functions to enhance product quality and reliability: ESE program/training seminar.
  • Develop and manage quality documentation and procedures.
  • Performed onsite ISO 9001 quality audits of external suppliers.

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