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Working As A 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

  • $79,000

    Average Salary

What Does A 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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How To Become A Supplier 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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Supplier Quality Engineer Career Paths

Supplier Quality Engineer
Purchasing Manager Management Consultant Senior Business Analyst
Analytical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Quality Engineer Quality Assurance Manager Program Manager
Deputy Director
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager Production Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Global Sourcing
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Supplier Quality Engineer Quality Manager
Director Of Quality & Engineering
14 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Supervisor Maintenance Supervisor Facility Engineer
Facilities/Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Supervisor Production Manager Logistics Manager
Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Engineer Lead Technician Production Supervisor
Plant Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Component Engineer Senior Engineer Principal Engineer
Principal Design Engineer
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Founder User Experience Designer
Product Lead
7 Yearsyrs
Director Of Quality Registered Nurse Case Manager Utilization Review Coordinator
Quality Management Specialist
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Manager Plant Manager General Manager
Regional Operation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Supervisor Laboratory Manager Process Engineer
Senior Manufacturing Process Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Manager Mechanical Inspector Quality Control Technician
Senior Quality Control Technician
5 Yearsyrs
Engineer Senior Engineer
Staff Engineer
5 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Supervisor Operations Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Quality Engineer Quality Manager Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager Product Manager Director Of Product Development
Vice President Product Development
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Quality Supervisor 3.7 years
Quality Engineer 3.3 years
Top Careers Before Supplier Quality Engineer
Engineer 2.3%
Top Careers After Supplier Quality Engineer
Engineer 2.4%

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Supplier Quality Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

77.2%

Female

20.2%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

59.0%

Hispanic or Latino

15.4%

Asian

11.4%

Black or African American

9.8%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

49.7%

Chinese

9.7%

Mandarin

7.6%

German

6.9%

Portuguese

5.5%

French

3.4%

Italian

3.4%

Cantonese

2.1%

Korean

2.1%

Turkish

1.4%

Japanese

1.4%

Hindi

1.4%

Comanche

0.7%

Urdu

0.7%

Vietnamese

0.7%

Malay

0.7%

Gujarati

0.7%

Tagalog

0.7%

Polish

0.7%

Arabic

0.7%
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Supplier Quality Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.2%

Purdue University

9.4%

Michigan State University

7.3%

Wayne State University

6.0%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.0%

Indiana Wesleyan University

5.7%

San Jose State University

5.5%

Eastern Michigan University

4.8%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.4%

North Carolina State University

4.1%

University of Toledo

3.9%

Iowa State University

3.9%

Western Michigan University

3.9%

University of Alabama

3.7%

Kettering University

3.7%

Clemson University

3.7%

Northeastern University

3.7%

Ohio State University

3.2%

Ferris State University

3.0%

Texas A&M University

3.0%
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Majors

Business

23.5%

Mechanical Engineering

15.1%

Industrial Engineering

10.9%

Electrical Engineering

9.2%

Industrial Technology

5.9%

Management

4.4%

Engineering And Industrial Management

4.0%

Manufacturing Engineering

3.8%

Engineering

3.4%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.5%

Operations Management

2.3%

Project Management

2.1%

Materials Science And Engineering

1.8%

Chemistry

1.6%

Chemical Engineering

1.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.3%

Biology

1.3%

Finance

1.3%

Engineering Technology

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.4%

Masters

29.9%

Other

12.1%

Associate

5.6%

Certificate

3.1%

Doctorate

1.3%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.0%
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Real Supplier Quality Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Supplier Quality Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA May 11, 2016 $153,417
Advanced Supplier Quality Engineer Karma Automotive, LLC Costa Mesa, CA Nov 11, 2016 $125,000
Supplier Quality Engineer Philips Medical Systems (Cleveland), Inc. Highland Heights, OH Jun 01, 2015 $124,000
Supplier Quality Engineer The Fountain Group LLC Menlo Park, CA Jul 05, 2016 $121,943
Supplier Quality Engineer The Fountain Group LLC Menlo Park, CA May 07, 2016 $121,943
Supplier Quality Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Jan 21, 2015 $120,548 -
$137,557
Supplier Quality Engineer Rf/Wifi Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Feb 11, 2015 $120,000 -
$140,000
Supplier Quality Engineer Tesla Motorsinc Fremont, CA Nov 19, 2015 $119,500
Supplier Quality Engineer Tesla Motorsinc Fremont, CA Feb 29, 2016 $119,500
Supplier Quality Engineer Tesla Motorsinc Fremont, CA Sep 03, 2015 $119,500
Supplier Quality Engineer Faraday&Future Inc. Gardena, CA Jul 09, 2016 $117,707
Supplier Quality Engineer Goodman Manufacturing Company, L.P. Houston, TX Feb 26, 2016 $117,125
Manager, Supplier Quality Engineering (Exterior) Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. Vance, AL Jul 08, 2015 $113,693
Mechanical Supplier Quality Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Dec 14, 2015 $110,000 -
$130,000
Supplier Quality Engineering Manager Flextronics International USA, Inc. Austin, TX Aug 12, 2015 $88,071
Supplier Quality Engineering Manager Flextronics International USA, Inc. Austin, TX Nov 08, 2016 $87,776
Supplier Quality Engineer Onesubsea, LLC Houston, TX Apr 09, 2016 $87,100
Supplier Quality Engineer Shawmut Corporation Clinton, TN Sep 22, 2015 $87,000
Supplier Quality Engineer Polaris Industries Inc. Wyoming, MN May 18, 2016 $86,900
Supplier Quality Engineer II Fujifilm Dimatix, Inc. Lebanon, NH Feb 02, 2016 $85,701
Supplier Quality Engineer Honeywell International Inc. Houston, TX Jul 09, 2015 $85,490
Supplier Quality Engineer Eberspaecher North America Inc. Novi, MI Aug 06, 2015 $85,000 -
$90,000
Supplier Quality Engineer Electrolux Home Products, Inc. Anderson, SC Sep 12, 2015 $76,861
Supplier Quality Engineer Schlumberger Technology Corporation Houston, TX Aug 21, 2015 $76,650
Supplier Quality Engineer Sunpower Corporation Austin, TX Sep 18, 2015 $75,000
Supplier Quality Engineer CNH Industrial America LLC Lebanon, IN May 07, 2016 $75,000
Supplier Quality Engineer New York Air Brake LLC Watertown, NY Mar 09, 2015 $75,000
Supplier Quality Engineer Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc. Monroe, MI Apr 30, 2016 $75,000 -
$85,000
Supplier Quality Engineer General Motors Company Warren, MI Jun 18, 2015 $75,000

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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A Supplier Quality Engineer

Average Yearly Salary
$79,000
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$60,000
Min 10%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$103,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Google
Highest Paying City
Burlingame, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.4 years
How much does a Supplier Quality Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Supplier Quality Engineer in the United States is $79,251 per year or $38 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $60,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $103,000.

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Top Skills for A Supplier Quality Engineer

  1. Supplier Quality
  2. Ppap
  3. Quality System
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  • Determine cause of supplier quality issues through structured problem solving methods and coordinate/implement effective and timely solutions.
  • Performed evaluations of all Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) submissions from suppliers per all customer requirements.
  • Perform supplier Quality Systems audits and provide support for Supplier Quality Systems improvements.
  • Identified and drove process improvement activity with Manufacturing QI to insure proper handling and installation of components.
  • Authored, reviewed and implemented policies and procedures, to drive supplier quality improvement processes for continuous improvement.

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