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Your job is to Plan, direct, or coordinate quality assurance programs. Formulate quality control policies and control quality of laboratory and production efforts.
Common job titles of Quality Control Systems Managers include:
Experience and Education
A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.
73.33% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.
10.99% said they needed a Master's Degree.
Document testing procedures, methodologies, or criteria.
Monitor performance of quality control systems to ensure effectiveness and efficiency.
Analyze quality control test results and provide feedback and interpretation to production management or staff.
Oversee workers including supervisors, inspectors, or laboratory workers engaged in testing activities.
Direct the tracking of defects, test results, or other regularly reported quality control data.
Verify that raw materials, purchased parts or components, in-process samples, and finished products meet established testing and inspection standards.
Collect and analyze production samples to evaluate quality.
Communicate quality control information to all relevant organizational departments, outside vendors, or contractors.
Confer with marketing and sales departments to define client requirements and expectations.
Create and implement inspection and testing criteria or procedures.
Instruct staff in quality control and analytical procedures.
Identify quality problems or areas for improvement and recommend solutions.
Monitor development of new products to help identify possible problems for mass production.
Participate in the development of product specifications.
Produce reports regarding nonconformance of products or processes, daily production quality, root cause analyses, or quality trends.
Review quality documentation necessary for regulatory submissions and inspections.
Evaluate new testing and sampling methodologies or technologies to determine usefulness.
Review statistical studies, technological advances, or regulatory standards and trends to stay abreast of issues in the field of quality control.
Direct product testing activities throughout production cycles.
Identify critical points in the manufacturing process and specify sampling procedures to be used at these points.
Review and update standard operating procedures or quality assurance manuals.
Coordinate the selection and implementation of quality control equipment, such as inspection gauges.
Instruct vendors or contractors on quality guidelines, testing procedures, or ways to eliminate deficiencies.
Audit and inspect subcontractor facilities including external laboratories.
Generate and maintain quality control operating budgets.
Review and approve quality plans submitted by contractors.
Stop production if serious product defects are present.
Liquid chromatography equipment
Laboratory moisture balances
Laboratory extraction equipmentAll Tools
Laboratory benchtop centrifuges
Laboratory analytical balances
Infrared spectroscopic equipment
Handheld data collectors
Gas chromatography equipment
Fourier transfer infrared FTIR spectrometers
Computer inkjet printers
Cellular assay equipment
Automated microplate ELISA readers
Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
Data entry software
Extensible markup language XML
Microsoft SQL Server
Abbot Informatics STARLIMS
ASI DATAMYTE GageMetrics
ASI DATAMYTE QDA
CAMA Software Quality Collaboration By Design QCBD
CEBOS MQ1 software
Computing Solutions LabSoft LIMS
Core Informatics Laboratory Information Management System LIMS
Harrington Group caWeb
Harrington Group HQMS
Hewlett Packard LoadRunner
Illumina Laboratory Information Management System LIMS
Infinity QS ProFicient
Lablite Laboratory Information Management Systems LIMS
Laboratory Automated Quality Control Systems LAQC
Labvantage Solutions LIMS
Pearson Education PHStat2
PQ Systems CHARTrunner Lean
PQ Systems GAGEpack
PQ Systems MEASUREspy
PQ Systems SQCpack
Promium Element DataSystem LIMS
Quality Systems International WinLIMS
Sparta Systems TrackWise
Systat Software Lisa.lims
Thermo Fisher Scientific Laboratory Information Management Systems LIMS
Vivaldi Software Vivaldi Quality Management
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Using mathematics to solve problems.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
Teaching others how to do something.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Quality Control Analysis
Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Management of Personnel Resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity
Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision
Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning
Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Personnel and Human Resources
Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
Production and Processing
Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.