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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: 12/12/14 (Capacity = 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


Green River Community College

Quality Assurance - Auburn, WA
Short Term Certificate / 28 Credits
Josh Clearman - 253-288-3325 -
Ending: 08/14/14 (Capacity = 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.

Washington Aerospace Training and Research (WATR) Center

Aerospace Manufacturing Quality Assurance - Everett, WA
Short Term Certificate / 17 Credits
Larry Cluphf - 425-347-8928
Ending: 12/5/13, 3/28/14, 6/27/14 (Capacity = 30)

Program Description

Certificate in Aerospace Quality Assurance. The QA Certificate curriculum will educate the student in several areas critical to the manufacturing and aerospace assembly arena in respect to quality control, quality assurance, quality team dynamics, conflict resolution, and processes and statistical process control.

Program Skill Sets

The student will experience actual hands-on activities such as drilling, fastener installation, wire bundle installation, torque, and Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerance. In addition to the skills and knowledge listed above, students will gain experience in overall quality inspection, precision measurements, manufacturing documentation, specifications and standards that are applied in the working world of manufacturing and aerospace assembly.

Degree Programs for Quality Assurance

Bellingham Technical College

Precision Machining AAS-T - Bellingham, WA
AAS-T / 134 Credits
Tim Martinson or Evan Walker - 360-752-8406, 360-752-8787 - or .edu
Ending: 06/24/14 (Capacity = 10)

Program Description

The Precision Machining Program provides students with employment skills in the Computerized Machining Industry. The degree includes CAD/ CAM, theory, and related academic skills for continued success in the machine trades. Students learn how to use machine tools such as lathes, drill presses, and milling machines, plus blueprint reading, basic CNC programming and machine processes.

Graduates from the Precision Machining program may work with aircraft, boat, and automobile manufacturers, industrial machinery firms, and machine shops.

With this foundation experience, graduates can advance to positions such as journey level machinist, tool programmer, CNC operator/programmer or engineer.

Program Skill Sets

All Program completers will:
1. Demonstrate competency in their ability to operate machine shop equipment: lathes, mills, grinders, and drills.
2. Demonstrate competency in their ability to read and interpret blueprints per industry standards.
3. Successfully demonstrate their ability to process and plan a piece part through the lab until completion.
4. Demonstrate competency in CNC machine tool operation and programming.
5. Demonstrate competency in CAM design and manufacturing.

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