Quality Technician

Machine Trades

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Program Information

The Quality Technician program is designed to train student in the tools and processes used to ensure the quality of finished goods and products. Graduates of this degree will have the skills necessary to be employed as a quality assurance technician in a variety of manufacturing sectors. With completion of this degree students will also obtain 15 Minnesota Transferable Credits (MnTC) meeting three different goal areas.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate document control skills. 
  2. Competently utilize tools to inspect finished goods of any kind.
  3. Ensure quality within the supply chain for consumers safely.
  4. Analysis of collected data.
  5. Create and maintain inspection documentation.
  6. Interact professionally with coworkers.
  7. Interpret engineering drawing utilizing Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing.
  8. Understand basic manufacturing practices.
  9. Knowledgeable in regulatory standards and requirements.
  10. Able to work in a management team.
  11. Creating a quality management system.
  12. Calibration of measurement gauging.
  13. Creation and requisitioning on measurement fixtures.
  14. Analysis of Statistical Data for Process control.
  15. Create metrics of cost of quality.
  16. Have an ethical foundation of the importance of quality management.
  17. Able to identify continuous improvement opportunities

Career Opportunities

This field is under-represented in higher education and no program required skills in statistical analysis. Quality Technicians are the individuals who assure that the quality of manufactured products meet the requirements of the customer and regulatory bodies. Quality technicians work in clean, environmentally controlled areas with regulated temperature and humidity to ensure part consistency. This is a mid-level position in the field with large opportunity for advancement and increased wage growth.

Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.


Upon completion of this degree students will be able to competently use tools and processes utilized in industry for the inspection of finished goods. Students continuing to the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree combined with experience in the field will also be able to test for the American Society of Quality (ASQ) Certification for a Quality Technician.

Course Prerequisites

Some courses in this program may require a prerequisite. Please see course descriptions for more details.

Program Sequence

 MnTC General Education Requirements
This program requires completion of the following fifteen credits of general education from at least three goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). Refer to the MnTC course list for elective courses:
 ENGL 2105
 Business and Technical Writing (Goal 1&2) 4
 MATH 1550
 Introduction to Statistics (Goal 4) 4
 SPCH 1200
 Interpersonal Communications (Goal 1&7) 3
 MnTC Elective
 Fall Semester  15
 ADSC 1171
 Microsoft Excel
 ENGL 2105
 Business & Technical Writing
 MACH 1121
 Metrology 2
 MACH 1132
 Blueprint Reading 3
 MATH 1550
 Introduction to Statistics 4
 Spring Semester
 MACH 1090
 Machine Fundamentals 2
 MACH 1231
 Blueprint Design/CAD II 1
 MACH 1240
 Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing 3
 QUAL 1200
 Measurement & Test Equipment 4
 QUAL 1210
 Quality Concepts & Assurance 2
 SPCH 1200
 Interpersonal Communication 3
 Fall Semester
 QUAL 2300
 Applied GD&T Concepts
 QUAL 2310
 Product & Process Control 2
 QUAL 2320
 Gauging Calibration 4
 QUAL 2330
 Quality Ethics 2
 QUAL 2340
 Fixturing for Inspection 3
 Spring Semester
 MnTC Elective
 QUAL 2400
Process Performance Capability & Reliability 2
 QUAL 2410
Validation Documentation & Regulatory Compliance 3
 QUAL 2420
Continuous Improvement 2
 QUAL 2430
Quantitative Methods & Tools 4

Part-Time Options

Students can choose to complete this program part-time. Part-time students will take longer to complete their program than students who follow the full-time sequence listed on the official program guide (see the program guide PDF under the LINKS section to the right). Because every course may not be offered each semester, it is important for part-time students to reach out to their faculty advisors for help in planning their long-term, part-time course sequence. Refer to the below PDF document for first semester part-time course options and further information.

Graduation Requirements

Students must earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher to be eligible for graduation from this program.


Mike Leslie

Enrollment Services



Fall: August


AAS Degree


Mike Leslie

Enrollment Services