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Job Description of a Supplier Quality Engineer

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A Supplier Quality Engineer is generally responsible for maintaining smooth operations at a materials supplier. They are usually adept at identifying and solving problems and possess solid communication and managerial skills.


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Supplier Quality Engineers are responsible for investigating, analyzing and correcting problems in quality, production and control at a supplier location. They may also perform audits and implement new strategies.


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To be a Supplier Quality Engineer, you should have at least a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, or a related field. For example, a degree in Mechanical, Chemical, Electrical or Industrial Engineering.


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Supplier Quality Engineers should have an understanding of Design Failure Mode Effect Analysis (DFMEA) and Process Failure Mode Effect Analysis (PFMEA). They should also have an understanding of the Six Sigma concept. Computer and software expertise is also important.


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Important skills include management experience, strong interpersonal and communications skills, presentation skills and an excellent statistical analysis ability.


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Entry level Supplier Quality Engineers make on average about $50,000 per year. Those with 20 or more years of experience can make up to $80,000 a year.


David Kennedy attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. After graduating with a Bachelors of Arts in creative writing, he has continued his writing career through online freelance work with Demand Studios. Kennedy writes informational articles related to health, medicine, industry, computers and education.

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