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Quality Engineering Manager

Career Area: Engineering

Occupation Group: Engineering Managers

Salary

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A typical Quality Engineering Manager earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $122,858

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $124,765

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Interfaces with customers, suppliers, and various company departments to resolve quality problems and develop strategic quality improvement activities. Responsible for building strong relationships with the global customer quality organizations to ensure customer support and product performance through continuous improvement.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

LocationGrowth
North Carolina78+10.1%
Nationwide2987+5.5%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Quality Engineering Manager is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Teamwork / Collaboration: Experience working in collaborative efforts with a team to achieve a common goal or to complete a task in the most effective and efficient way.
  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Planning: Working experience with the process of thinking about and organizing the activities required to achieve desired goals.
  • Problem Solving: Problem solving consists of using generic or ad hoc methods, in an orderly manner, for finding solutions to problems.
  • Troubleshooting: Troubleshooting or dpanneuring is a form of problem solving, often applied to repair failed products or processes on a machine or a system.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Engineering Management: Experience organizing, administering, and planning the operational performance of complex engineering driven enterprises.
  • Reliability Engineering Studies: Working experience of Reliability Engineering Studies, which is a sub-discipline of systems engineering that emphasizes dependability in the lifecycle management of a product. Dependability, or reliability, describes the ability of a system or component to function under stated conditions for a specified period of time. Reliability is closely related to availability, which is typically described as the ability of a component or system to function at a specified moment or interval of time.
  • Software Development: Software development is the process of computer programming, documenting, testing, and bug fixing involved in creating and maintaining applications and frameworks resulting in a software product.
  • Software Engineering: Working experience with the application of engineering to the development of software in a systematic method.
  • Budgeting: Experience planning how the financial resources of a business or department are to be allocated during the next business period.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Quality Engineering Manager that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Virtualization: Working experience of Virtualization. Virtualization is the process of creating a software-based, or virtual, representation of something, such as virtual applications, servers, storage and networks.
  • Ansible: Working experience of Ansible, which is software that automates software provisioning, configuration management, and application deploymen. It is included as part of the Fedora distribution of Linux, owned by Red Hat Inc., and is also available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, Scientific Linux and Oracle Linux via Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL) as well as for other operating systems.
  • Engineering Leadership: Experience providing the technical leadership of change.
  • Configuration Management: Configuration management (CM) is a systems engineering process for establishing and maintaining consistency of a product's performance, functional, and physical attributes with its requirements, design, and operational information throughout its life.
  • PostgreSQL: PostgreSQL, often simply Postgres, is an object-relational database management system (ORDBMS) with an emphasis on extensibility and standards compliance.

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills:

  • Engineering Activities: Working experience of Engineering Activities, which includes all activities or functions of an engineer, invloving the application of science and mathematics to the design, manufacture or maintenance of complex products.
  • Test Development: Test-driven development (TDD) is a software development process that relies on the repetition of a very short development cycle: Requirements are turned into very specific test cases, then the software is improved to pass the new tests, only.
  • Engineering Leadership: Experience providing the technical leadership of change.

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years7%
3 to 5 years30%
6 to 8 years28%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Test Engineering Manager
  • Site Reliability Engineering Manager
  • It Project Manager - Infrastructure Platform And Engineering
  • Manager, Site Reliability Engineering
  • Manager, Cloud Platform Engineer

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