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Quality Technician

Machine Trades

We are glad to see you are interested in our Quality Technician program. A visit with Enrollment Services is a great way to get your questions answered. Attend a Tuesday virtual information session, a Wednesday in-person information session or schedule a one-on-one video chat appointment today.

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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.

Course Prerequisites

Some courses may require appropriate test score or completion of basic math, basic English and/or reading courses with a “C” or better.

ENGL 2105 Business & Technical Writing Prerequisite is ENGL 0102 or 0960 and READ 0900 or 0960 or 78 on Accuplacer Reading or appropriate test score

MATH 1550 Introduction to Statistics Prerequisite is MATH 0900 or 76  on Accuplacer Elementary Algebra or other appropriate  test score.

Program Learning Outcomes

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.

Students will be able to perform the following tasks in their new career field:

  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

Program Sequence

First Semester 
ADSC 1171
Microsoft Excel
ENGL 2105
Business & Technical Writing
MACH 1121
Metrology 2
MACH 1132
Blueprint Reading 3
MATH 1550
Introduction to Statistics 4
 Second 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
 Third 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
 Fourth Semester
 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

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate in Applied Science (AAS), diploma, or certificate must meet the cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher.

Industry Information

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.



Matt Rogers

Enrollment Services



Fall: August




Matt Rogers

Enrollment Services