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Quality Control Engineer

Overview: Quality control engineers plan and direct manufacturing production activities for an organization's products to achieve maximum quality. Their goal is to cover all aspects of production from start to finish. They design and implement training programs on product test procedures.
Duties: They determine specifications for a firm's products based upon the analysis of customer requirements and the quality of the products produced by competitors.

They design product test procedures for each stage of the manufacturing and processing of products. Decide what the tolerances or limits are for each measure.

Train employees at each stage of production to detect defective parts or materials and what corrective steps should be taken to eliminate the source of defects.

They survey customers to measure their satisfaction with the quality of the products they purchase from the organization and to determine if product changes are needed.

Degree(s): A.S. Engineering Science 
Job Outlook: Employment of quality control engineers is expected to grow as fast as average through 2018. Quality control engineers traditionally have been concentrated in slower growing or declining manufacturing industries, in which they will continue to be needed to design, build, test, and improve manufactured products. Engineering, research and development, and consulting services industries should generate most of the employment growth.
Salary Range (National Average): $46,000 to $52,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: Employers prefer to hire those with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering and a strong background in Total Quality Management, robotics and production process engineering. Courses in operations research, experimental design and statistics are also very important.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • Inspecting and testing products or services to assure they meet the desired specifications.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.