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Previous courses Quality Assurance Technology (QUAL)

Individuals who have high standards, are logical and observant, good at problem solving, and have an investigative mind, are a great fit for a career as a Quality Assurance Technician. Quality assurance technicians are responsible for monitoring, testing, and continuously improving the quality of products and services for today’s businesses.

Coursework in Columbus State’s Quality Assurance program will include an introduction to manufacturing, statistical process control, value engineering, and technical writing. Participants will study and practice the major elements and concepts of total quality management, including principles and styles of systems thinking, continuous improvement, management by data, and historic influences of leaders in quality management. Students will learn statistical methods to determine reliability, the effectiveness of data analysis, the use of simulations, and ways to improve system performance.

Graduates will find a wide range of opportunities in fields as diverse as manufacturing, banking, insurance, or food processing. A valuable member of the business team, grads will apply the tools of their chosen field in a problem-solving process to achieve significant gains for the company–such as product improvement, reducing scrap, shortening cycle time, and improving profitability. Quality assurance technicians have the satisfaction of working in an area that is essential, not only to profitability, but to survival of the business.

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Quick Notes on QA

  • Salaries for QA technician job postings in Columbus are seven percent higher than the national average. (Source: Indeed.com)
  • Students work on quality improvement projects for local organizations as part of their course work.
  • The quality movement started in manufacturing, but it is now applied to service, health care, education and government sectors.
  • A career in QA may combine technical knowledge, change management, people skills and teaching.

The Quality Assurance Technology also shares related courses with the Electronic Engineering Technology and the Mechanical Engineering Technology. For additional information, refer to Electronic Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology which are listed in this section of the Catalog.

Upon completion of the associates degree in Quality Assurance Technology, the graduate will be able to:

  • Improve products, processes and systems in manufacturing and service environments by selectively applying statistical and quality improvement tools according to the Shewhart Cycle.
  • Apply a variety of teamwork, leadership, and communications skills (verbal, written, and graphic) to communicate effectively with clients, suppliers, co-workers and others in the work environment.
  • Apply fundamental principles of project management.
  • Read and interpret engineering blueprints, drawings, specifications and quality charts.
  • Apply a basic knowledge of physics, electronics, manufacturing processes, metrology, and materials testing and analysis to improving, and/or designing new products and processes.
  • Apply knowledge of specifications, sampling plans and testing techniques to the analysis of materials, components and systems.
  • Apply cost estimating techniques and cost containment procedures to new and existing products and systems, while maintaining or improving quality.
  • Apply the elements of current quality management trends including inspection, traceability/documentation, quality audits, and nonconforming identification and review processes to business elements within an organization.

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Quality Assurance Technology Associate Degree (QUAL)

Quarter 1

Course Name Credits
ENGT 100 Introduction to Engineering Technology 4
MECH 112 Computer Applications in Manufacturing 3
MECH 115 Engineering Graphics 4
MECH 240 Machine Tools 4
ENGL 101 Beginning Composition 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 18

Quarter 2

Course Name Credits
MECH 150 Manufacturing Materials and Processes 4
QUAL 240 Total Quality Management 3
ENGL 102 Essay and Research 3
MATH 111 Technical Math I 4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 14

Quarter 3

Course Name Credits
QUAL 250 Metrology 3
HUM xxx Humanities 111,112,113,151 152, or 224 5
MATH 112 Technical Math II 4
PHYS 117 College Physics 5
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 17

Quarter 4

Course Name Credits
QUAL 150 Quality Transformation 4
COMM 105 Speech (or) 3
COMM 110 Conference and Group Discussion 3
SSCI XXX Social Science 100,101, 102, 105 (or)
GEOG 240 5
or
SOC 202 5
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 12

Quarter 5

Course Name Credits
QUAL 251 Value Engineering 3
BMGT 111 Management 5
COMM 204 Technical Writing 3

And choose one of the following basic electives:

ENGT 131 Hydraulics and Pneumatics 4
EMEC 250 Motors and Controls 4
ENVR 170 General Industry, Safety and Health 4
SKTR 118 Introduction to Welding 4
PHYS 118 College Physics (Electricity, Magnetism and Light) 5
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 15-16

Quarter 6

Course Name Credits
EET 105 Basic Electronic Systems 5
QUAL 260 Reliability and System Maintainability 3
BMGT 257 Project Management 3
MECH 270 Engineering Statistics 4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 15
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS 91-92

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Bioscience Technology Certificate

Columbus State has partnered with BioOhio for the development of a statewide Bioscience Technology Certificate. Instruction will be provided on common types of process control systems and common process variables used to manufacture liquid and gas products in industrial process applications. Students will encounter a system that will help them to prepare for the complex systems they will encounter on the job.

Quarter 1

Course Name Credits
BISI 101 Bioscience Technology I 4
BMGT 108 21st Century Workspace Skills 4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 8

Quarter 2

Course Name Credits
BISI 102 Bioscience Technology II 4
SPT 101 Sterile Processing Technology I 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 7

Quarter 3

Course Name Credits
BISI 103 Bioscience Technology III 4
QUAL 269 Bioscience Technology Field Experience 2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 6
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS 21

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