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Certificate Programs for Quality Assurance

Bellingham Technical College

Quality Assurance Certificate - Bellingham, WA
Certificate / 32 Credits
Tim Martinson or Evan Walker - 360-752-8406 or 360-752-8787
Ending: 03/24/16, 06/21/16 (Anticipated Graduates = 24)

Program Description

The Quality Assurance certificate prepares students for entry level employment opportunities as a quality inspector in the manufacturing industry.  The job of a quality inspector is to ensure that products are manufactured to meet the specifications, and expectations of the customer.  This certificate contains three quality specific courses which emphasize the basics of manufacturing, management philosophy, application of quality improvement through statistical documentation, and the uses of precision measurement tools.  The curriculum also contains classes which focus on computer, math, and interpersonal skills.  Currently opportunities for employment are growing in the aerospace industry along with other facets of manufacturing.

Program Skill Sets

Certificate graduates will apply their new skill set to ensure that a manufactured part complies with its blueprint specifications. The student will perform precision measurements utilizing various instruments and provide statistical documentation of specific parts. Also the student will provide feedback and make informed decisions in order to improve the manufacturing process.


  1. List the elements necessary for manufacturing to take place
  2. Match various types of manufacturing with the materials they commonly use and the equipment, methods and processes they employ
  3. Distinguish between quality control and process control
  4. Explain the importance of variation and waste
  5. Determine the standard deviation for a sample group
  6. Establish control limits for a process based on sampling data
  7. Decide if a pattern of defects on a control chart requires stopping production
  8. Describe a “normal curve” including its mathematical characteristics and importance to quality control
  9. Convert SI and US units and calculate derived units from basic units
  10. Identify the proper measuring tool for a given application
  11. Demonstrate appropriate use of measuring tools to determine an item’s conformance to specifications
  12. Use appropriate calibration and measurement documentation procedures
  13. Read a print or specification and determine the range of acceptable sizes for features specified


Edmonds Community College

Quality and Manufacturing (I-Best) - Edmonds, WA
Certificate of Completion / 15 Credits
Su Nelson - 425-640-1980 -
Ending: 06/17/16 (Anticipated Graduates = 12)

Program Description

This work-ready certificate program prepares students with knowledge and understanding of Quality Assurance tools. Instruction covers the basic operation of hand tools and measurement equipment.

Program Skill Sets

Upon completion of the Program Requirements for this certificate, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge, comprehension, and application of concepts related to Manufacturing and the Quality Sciences.

Green River College

Quality Assurance - Auburn, WA
Short Term Certificate / 28 Credits
Josh Clearman - 253-288-3325 -
Ending: 06/10/16 (Anticipated Graduates = 36)

Program Description

This course exposes the students to a number of skills required to verify and check manufactured parts for the quality assurance in the manufacturing industry. Students learn to choose and apply proper tools for precision measuring, as well as document information as required by set manufacturing specifications. Students learn how to search and read specifications for industry. Students learn how to effectively write instructions or “tie-ins”. Topics include operation of mechanical lifts, knowledge of the different fasteners and allowable substitutions, blueprint reading, shop safety, use of computer for data search and input, and understanding statistical process controls.

Program Skill Sets

1. Students learn basic math skills.
2. Use micrometers, dial and digital calipers, height gauges.
3. Accurately measure hole sizes and hole placement.
4. Search specification databases Exposure to sine blocks and wring gauges.
5. Operate mechanical lifts.
6.Write instructions or “tie-ins” using word processing.
7. Write reports and rejections Elements of statistical process controls.
8. Various uses for and types of fasteners.

Renton Technical College

Aerospace Quality Assurance - Renton, WA
Short Term Certificate / 16 Credits
Dante Leon - 425-235-5831 -
Ending: 03/23/16 (Anticipated Graduates = 8)

Program Description

Graduates of this program qualify for entry-level positions as Quality Inspectors. Quality Assurance technicians inspect, validate, and review products and processes for conformance to standards and specifications.

Pre-requisite: successful completion of the Aerospace Manufacturing Core Certificate.

Program Skill Sets

The certificate includes 16 modules, giving students skills in these areas:

  1. Quality Assurance Orientation
  2. Introduction to Quality
  3. Aircraft Systems
  4. Precision Instruments
  5. Basic Drilling and Riveting
  6. Advanced Fasteners
  7. Countersinking and Flush Riveting
  8. 90 Degree Drilling
  9. Wire Bundle Basics
  10. Wire Installation Drawings
  11. Composite Manufacturing
  12. Composite Repair
  13. Statistical of Process Control
  14. Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)
  15. Conflict Resolution
  16. Technical Writing


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