Advanced Manufacturing Production Technician

Program Description

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

When products like cell phones, computers, or automobiles leave the factory, it’s the quality assurance technician that makes sure they work. Also known as inspectors or testers, quality assurance technicians work on a wide range of challenging projects across multiple industries.

Critical to the success of any product development team, quality assurance technicians make a difference. They reduce the cost of production, decrease maintenance expenses, and increase customer safety and satisfaction.

Career Program Summary

Number of Skills Courses 133
Time to complete 2.0 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 assurance technicians are plentiful. Individuals with advanced skills, such as training in lean manufacturing and precision instruments, are especially in demand. Quality assurance technicians were employed in about 464,300 jobs in 2012.

Employment of quality assurance technicians 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.

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

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. May 2012.
O-net job code: 51-9061.00

Hiring Industries

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Civil infrastructure
  • Construction
  • Consumer products
  • Electrical equipment
  • Marine
  • Medical devices
  • Military