Quality Assurance

Automotive Damage Field Inspector, Automotive Damage Inspector, Automotive Field Inspector   More Names
Automotive Technician, Automotive Vehicle Inspector, Engineering Manager, Inspection Technician, Motor Carrier Safety Specialist, Quality Assurance Inspector, Quality Control Inspector, Railroad Safety Inspector, Visual Inspector

Quality assurance professionals are responsible for providing technical support and direction for engineering and quality assurance activities. A quality assurance professional's activities may include investigations, analyses, field surveys, planning, monitoring, design review and implementation, program and project development and management, audits, and continuous improvement approaches to ensure transit activities are consistent with the transit system's mission, values, and goals. Quality assurance professionals develop and implement methods and procedures for verifying the quality of vehicle maintenance, modifications, repairs, and work processes; assist in establishing and maintaining the record system to document quality control actions and recommendations; and perform quality audits.

Quality assurance professionals must have good written and verbal communication skills, and analysis and problem solving skills, including research, data analysis, and statistical methods. They must be able to manage their workload and be self-directed. They must have proficiency in a variety of computer programs and applications, and be knowledgeable of federal, state, and local statutory requirements related to transit systems. They must have strong leadership and interpersonal skills.

Quality assurance professionals may be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, wet or humid conditions, outside weather conditions, high precarious places, moving mechanical parts, and extreme noise. They may also be exposed to explosives and at risk of radiation and electrical shock. In addition, they may have to work flexible hours, including split shifts, and in various locations.

Some employers may require a bachelor's of sciences degree in engineering, while others might be satisfied with an associate degree in a technical field related to industrial or automotive maintenance. They prefer individuals with a commercial driver's license (CDL). An equivalent combination of experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities may substitute for educational requirements.

To qualify for a CDL, applicants must pass a knowledge test on rules and regulations and then demonstrate in a skills test that they can operate a bus safely. The Department of Transportation keeps a national database of all driving violations incurred by CDL holders, and a state may not issue a license to a person who has already had a license suspended or revoked in another state. Operators may hold only one license at a time, and must surrender all other driver's licenses upon receiving their new CDLs. Information on how to apply for a CDL and each type of endorsement can be obtained from state motor vehicle administrations and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

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Job Growth and Wages
Percent Job Growth:  
1% - Little or no change
Typical Wages (National):  
Annual: $50,630 - $93,590    Hourly: $24 - $45

Note:  There may be opportunities for overtime work and overtime pay in this occupation.

Physical/Medical/Health Requirements

- Ability to handle physically demanding work
- Ability to lift and move heavy objects
- Ability to stand, walk, sit, use hands and fingers, reach out, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, talk, hear, taste, and smell
- Good close, distance, color, and peripheral, vision, along with depth perception and the ability adjust focus.

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Typical Education:

High School or GED (HS)
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Percent Job Growth:

1% - Little or no change
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $50,630 - $93,590

Hourly: $24 - $45