KEEP THE SKIES SAFER AS AN AEROSPACE QUALITY TECHNICIAN

Advanced Manufacturing Production Technician

Program description

The Aerospace Quality Technician Career Program prepares you for an entry-level position as a quality technician.

This program was developed with input from industry partners to ensure that aerospace quality assurance technicians have a deep knowledge and mastery of the aircraft manufacturing processes.

Aerospace quality technicians reduce the cost of development, decrease maintenance expenses, and increase customer safety and satisfaction.

Career Program Summary

Number of Skills Courses 228
Time to complete 3.0 months*
*Completing three modules per day

Certification Opportunity

Students who complete this program have the opportunity of earning a nationally-recognized certification. Certification exams are delivered through our testing partner SpaceTEC®.

SpaceTEC is the National Science Foundation’s National Resource Center that promotes and educates candidates for technical employment. Its certification programs offer performance-based examinations that result in industry-driven nationally recognized credentials that reflect the competencies employers demand.

180 Skills / SpaceTEC Certifications are industry-recognized nationwide. These Certifications let employers know that you have attained the highest level of achievement in the subject matter.

The cost of the exams are included in the tuition for the Career Program.

Click the Body of Knowledge logo to view the full Certification Body of Knowledge.

Skills Competencies included in this Career Program















Income opportunity

According to the Manufacturing Institute (The Skills Gap in U.S. Manufacturing 2015 and Beyond) over the next decade nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will likely need to be filled. The skills gap is expected to result in 2 million of those jobs going unfilled.

Job opportunities for quality technicians are plentiful. Individuals with advanced skills, such as training in lean manufacturing and precision instruments, are especially in demand. Quality technicians were employed in about 464,300 jobs in 2012. Two-thirds worked in manufacturing across a wide variety of industries.

Employment of quality control inspectors is projected to grow 6 percent from 2012 to 2022. Employment growth reflects the continuing need to have quality assurance testing in a variety of manufacturing industries, particularly in pharmaceuticals and medical equipment and supplies.*

Many aerospace manufacturers are reporting that over 50 percent of their current employees are eligible to retire, making this a great time to enter the profession.

The median annual wage for quality assurance technicians is $34,460.*

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. May 2012.
O-net job code: 19-4099.01

Hiring Industries

  • Air transport
  • Aircraft and parts manufacturing
  • Guided missiles, space vehicles, and parts
  • Satellite communications
  • Search, detection, and navigation guidance
  • Space research and technology