Quality Engineer Certification

Posted on March 3rd, 2015 by blogger

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The new trends of the industry in sectors of manufacturing, production, and assembly have evolved so much in their emphasis on quality that adhering to the related standards is absolutely mandatory for an industry to survive in a global scenario.Similar implications apply to employees who work in such organizations. An engineer qualified a decade earlier may not be the right person to handle technological issues of today. Moreover, it would be difficult to retain employment with yesterday’s skills in today’s situation.

It is always advisable for professionals in the industrial sectors to keep themselves abreast with latest skills for growth in career. In case of engineers, to aspire to be a “certified quality engineer” is challenging and ultimately rewarding.

Who is a certified quality engineer?

An engineer with thorough understanding of product, service quality evaluation and control. It also includes in depth knowledge of development and implementation of quality control, and devising and application of testing procedures for quality control.

The certified quality engineer should have the ability to use statistical methods and metrology to eliminate improper practices. It is the onus of a quality engineer to understand the human factors for quality control and assess cost concepts to audit quality management.

This forms the minimum expectation of the knowledge base for a certified quality engineer.

Does one need training?

Absolutely. The certification exam for a quality engineer is very challenging and consists of 160 questions (all multiple choice) and it tests the body of knowledge of the aspirant. The time duration of the exam is five hours. Examinations are conducted twice a year (in June and December) and aspirants have to bring their own reference material.

Due to the challenging nature of this certification, it is always advisable to take up a certified quality engineer course.

Prerequisites:

A degree or a diploma from a university that is accredited by ASQ. Degree or diploma may be from a technical or a trade school. 8 years on the job experience in one or more fields consisting the body of knowledge of certified engineer.

* Degree – one year waived. Associate Degree – 2 years waived. Bachelors degree – 4 years waived . Masters or Doctorate: 5 years waived.

Course Structure:

A certified quality engineer training consists of classroom sessions and mock exams in the following subjects:

1. Management and leadership.
2. Quality systems.
3. Product and process design.
4. Project management.
5. Continuous improvement.
6. Qualitative methods and tools.

Once a professional is trained he/she would have a very high probability of getting through the examination. After certification, a quality engineer would obviously have a much better career growth.


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