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Working As A Senior Supplier 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

  • $99,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Supplier 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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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 Supplier Quality Engineer Career Paths

Senior Supplier Quality Engineer
Quality Manager
Quality Systems Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Manager Production Manager Manufacturing Manager
Senior Manufacturing Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager Quality Manager
Corporate Quality Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager
Supplier Quality Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager Production Manager Processing Manager
Senior Process Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Quality Assurance Engineer
Quality Assurance Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Quality Assurance Engineer Senior Quality Engineer
Project Quality Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Quality Assurance Engineer Senior Quality Engineer Manager, Quality Engineer
Director Of Quality & Engineering
14 Yearsyrs
Supplier Quality Manager Purchasing Manager Manufacturing Manager
Manufacturing Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Manager Information Technology Project Manager Engineering Program Manager
Senior Program And Engineering Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Quality Lead Quality Control Manager Project Quality Manager
Quality Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Lead Quality Supervisor
Assistant Manager Of Quality
6 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Manager Manufacturing Manager Research And Development Manager
New Product Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Lead Production Supervisor Production Superintendent
Factory Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Supervisor Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Project Manager-Manufacturing
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Supervisor Manufacturing Engineering Manager Product Engineering Manager
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manager, Quality Engineer Information Technology Project Manager Engineering Program Manager
Manufacturing Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Engineer Senior Product Engineer Product Engineering Manager
New Product Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Auditor Quality Assurance Supervisor Production Superintendent
Launch Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Engineer Senior Project Engineer Product Engineering Manager
Global Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Quality Engineer 3.3 years
Top Careers Before Senior Supplier Quality Engineer
Engineer 1.7%
Top Careers After Senior Supplier Quality Engineer
Consultant 1.9%

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Average Yearly Salary
$99,000
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$77,000
Min 10%
$99,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Median 50%
$128,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Bausch + Lomb
Highest Paying City
Fremont, CA
Highest Paying State
Maine
Avg Experience Level
4.1 years
How much does a Senior Supplier Quality Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Supplier Quality Engineer in the United States is $99,900 per year or $48 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $77,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $128,000.

Real Senior Supplier Quality Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Supplier Quality Engineer Magic Leap, Inc. Dania Beach, FL Oct 24, 2016 $130,000
Senior Supplier Quality Engineer EMD Millipore Corporation Billerica, MA Sep 21, 2015 $127,525
SR. Supplier Quality Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 11, 2010 $115,000
Senior Supplier Quality Engineer Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Sep 01, 2015 $115,000 -
$135,000
SR. Supplier Quality Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Dec 27, 2010 $110,000
Senior Supplier Quality Engineer Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Sep 05, 2014 $110,000 -
$130,000
SR. Supplier Development/Quality Engineer Rapid Conn Inc. CA May 20, 2010 $106,000
SR. Supplier Development/Quality Engineer Rapid Conn, Inc. CA May 20, 2010 $106,000
Senior Supplier Development Quality Engineer St. Jude Medical Cardiology Division Plymouth, MN Oct 24, 2016 $105,000
Supplier Engineer III Senior Applied Materials, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jan 10, 2016 $102,779
SR. Supplier Quality Engineer Stryker Medical, A Division of Stryker Corporation Redmond, WA Oct 31, 2016 $100,292
Senior Supplier Quality Engineer Terex Washington, Inc. Redmond, WA Dec 24, 2014 $100,000 -
$110,000
SR. Supplier Quality Engineer Medtronic, Inc. Littleton, MA Jul 12, 2015 $98,717 -
$102,000
Supplier Quality Engineer Senior Navistar, Inc. Indianapolis, IN Sep 30, 2013 $85,260 -
$90,585
Senior Supplier Quality Engineer Oakley, Inc. CA Aug 19, 2015 $83,962
Senior Quality Engineer, Supplier Development Stryker Endoscopy, A Division of Stryker Corporati San Jose, CA May 26, 2014 $83,000
Senior Supplier Quality Engineer Pelco, Inc. Clovis, CA Jun 25, 2012 $82,866
Senior Supplier Quality Engineer Pelco, Inc. Clovis, CA Aug 24, 2013 $82,866
Senior Supplier Quality Engineer Carefusion Corporation San Diego, CA Mar 29, 2010 $82,500
Senior Supplier Quality Engineer Whirlpool Corporation Amana, IA May 24, 2016 $82,306 -
$83,000
Supplier Quality Improvement Engineer-Senior Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Feb 17, 2016 $82,100 -
$99,800
SR. Supplier Development Quality Engineer Stryker Medical, A Division of Stryker Corporation Portage, MI Sep 21, 2015 $81,236
Senior Supplier Quality Engineer Oakley, Inc. CA Aug 19, 2012 $80,544
SR. Quality Engineer, Supplier Stryker Communications Inc. Flower Mound, TX Aug 24, 2016 $80,295
SR. Supplier Quality Engineer Medtronic, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 03, 2012 $80,000
Senior Supplier Quality Improvement Engineer Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Oct 28, 2014 $80,000 -
$96,900
Senior Supplier Quality Improvement Engineer Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Nov 25, 2014 $80,000 -
$96,900
Senior Supplier Quality Improvement Engineer Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Oct 10, 2014 $80,000 -
$97,300
Senior Quality Engineer, Supplier Development Stryker Endoscopy, A Division of Stryker Corporati San Jose, CA May 26, 2014 $80,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Supplier Quality Engineer

  1. Supplier Quality
  2. Supplier Relationships
  3. Process Improvement
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Generated and provided supplier quality status reports to upper management for decision making through monthly review of supplier performance.
  • Ensured strategic supplier relationships, moved high volumes, avoided issues and increased quick turn capabilities.
  • Drive quality improvements and foster cross functional support to implement process improvements and problem solving efforts for responsible commodities supply base.
  • Conceived concept to significantly streamline supplier processing of PPAP submissions, increasing engineers' productivity and reducing costs.
  • Facilitated internal quality control programs and audits, created, updated and administered policies/procedures database supporting ISO-9001 standards.

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Senior Supplier Quality Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

77.2%

Female

14.9%

Unknown

7.9%
Ethnicity

White

57.6%

Hispanic or Latino

15.7%

Asian

12.2%

Black or African American

9.2%

Unknown

5.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

32.4%

Chinese

14.7%

Mandarin

14.7%

German

11.8%

Swedish

5.9%

Italian

5.9%

Finnish

2.9%

Japanese

2.9%

French

2.9%

Cantonese

2.9%

Korean

2.9%
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Senior Supplier Quality Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.6%

Eastern Michigan University

8.6%

San Jose State University

7.6%

Purdue University

7.0%

Michigan State University

5.9%

Western Michigan University

5.9%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

4.3%

Wayne State University

4.3%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.3%

Baker College

4.3%

Villanova University

3.8%

Kettering University

3.8%

Indiana Wesleyan University

3.8%

University of Michigan - Dearborn

3.2%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

3.2%

Pennsylvania State University

3.2%

Clarkson University

3.2%

Lawrence Technological University

3.2%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

2.7%

Indiana Institute of Technology

2.7%
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Majors

Business

24.2%

Mechanical Engineering

13.5%

Electrical Engineering

11.4%

Industrial Engineering

7.8%

Industrial Technology

5.7%

Management

5.4%

Manufacturing Engineering

4.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

4.0%

Engineering And Industrial Management

4.0%

Project Management

2.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.2%

Engineering

2.2%

Finance

2.0%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.9%

Materials Science And Engineering

1.8%

Operations Management

1.8%

Chemical Engineering

1.6%

Chemistry

1.3%

Metallurgical Engineering

1.2%

Engineering Technology

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.5%

Masters

36.4%

Other

10.7%

Associate

2.9%

Certificate

2.7%

Doctorate

1.2%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.1%
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