Five Reasons Why You Need a Quality or Process Engineer

2011/07/28

Those that know me are aware of the fact that I am a quality & process engineer. They are also aware that I am currently unemployed. As a quest to improve my blog and provide value to this world, I decided that my next topic should be why companies need people like me.

I need to clarify something before I begin. Quality engineers are also found in the IT world. Since my experience lies in manufacturing, the scope of this piece will apply to the manufacturing environment only. However, some of these principles may pertain to IT as well.

Due to globalization, companies are looking to enhance operations while minimizing costs. Quality improves reliability and production. Fewer defects increases customer satisfaction and decreases product claims, both of which affect the balance sheet. Below are five reasons why companies need quality and process engineers. (As a shameless plug, I have included personal examples.)

1. Improved reliability.

  • I helped lead a Kaizen team that improved the reliability of monthly reports. Supplier on-time delivery increased five percentage points.

2. Increased flow/production.

  • While implementing just-in-time (JIT) principles at a joint venture of Texaco, product flow nearly doubled in one work center.

3. Reduced/eliminated waste.

  • I served on a Kaizen team that reduced cycle time by two hours for one process.
4. Enhanced relationships throughout the supply chain.
  • Working with other engineers at Texaco, the company changed suppliers for one material. Not only was scrap reduced 50%, but customers were happier that we were supplying them with higher-quality product. I was happier because my boss was happier. The supplier was happier because I gave them positive feedback.
5. We are versatile.
  • Most of the engineers I know – including myself – are well-schooled in the following areas: statistical process control (SPC), technical writing, auditing, building supplier relationships and lean manufacturing principles.

Companies need to provide value in order to remain competitive. The benefits of having a knowledgeable quality or process engineer on staff are numerous.  We are multitalented and help improve the bottom-line. I can think of no better way to provide value.

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A New Approach

2011/07/25

I realize it has been awhile since my last post. There are a few reasons for this. First, as many of you know, my first cousin was recently married, so I was busy being cheap labor. Second, I just plumb ran out of ideas. The second reason is what I would like to elaborate on.

Originally, I created my blog as a way to vent. When that blew up in my face, I began to participate in a bi-weekly event called Let’s Blog Off. After reading the blogs of the other participants, I felt like a chump. “Holy cow! These people can write.” I thought. I became discouraged and have not participated in awhile.

I really would like to write, but I do not know what to write about. As someone who is unemployed, I do not lead the most exciting life, due to funds (or lack thereof). Also, I do not want to be compared to some of my Twitter friends, who are absolute pros when it comes to blogging. Many of them write for a living. I do not. I am an engineer; I tear things down and rebuild them. I crunch numbers, I do not write.

Recently, I began attending New Media Dayton events. One theme that kept popping up was providing value. This made me think. I am not showing the world I can contribute or provide value. Time to retool and start over.

I paid closer attention to people’s posts and profiles. As I read, I thought about each individual and what his or her strengths are. Then it occurred to me. I can do this, too. All it takes is thought and some extra effort.

This new approach is quite exciting. I feel as if I have a purpose again. To those of you who inspired me, thank you from the bottom of my heart. You give me something to strive for. Cheers to a new approach!