QUALITY ASSURANCE PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The Quality Assurance One-Year Certificate of Completion program is a self-directed, outcome-based program designed to prepare students for technician-level employment in quality assurance jobs in a manufacturing environment. The program is offered exclusively at the Manufacturing and Applied Technology Center (MATC) at COCC's Redmond Campus. Departmental approval is required for enrollment at the Manufacturing and Applied Technology Center.
Building on a strong foundation of blueprint reading and basic manuafcturing skills, students learn about quality assuarance by understanding:
- Quality tools such as optical comparitors, coordinate measuring machines and digital measuing instruments
- Statistical Process Control (SPC), and lean practices.
- Visual inspection methods
All credits required to satisfy the requirements of this One-Year Certificate can also be applied towards the Associate of Applied Science degree in Manufacturing Technology.
This certificate/degree is designed for students planning to enter their chosen career upon graduation. Often only selected credits are considered transferrable to public or private baccalaureate institutions. Prior to starting any MATC program, students are advised to contact the institution they intend to transfer to and identify what credits may be transferable.
WHAT IS A CAREER PATHWAY?
A career pathway is a series of connected educational programs, with integrated work experience, on-the-job training, and support services, that enables students to combine school and work and advance over time to better jobs and higher levels of education and training. Career pathways target jobs of importance to local economies. They are designed to create educational "stepping stones" for advancement of workers and jobs seekers, particularly those stuck in low-wage jobs, and a supply of qualified workers for employers. As such, career pathways help to ensure that investment in education and training pays off in enhanced economic development. - From Davis Jenkins, University of Illinois at Chicago
Regional Employment Projections from OLMIS(Oregon Labor Market Information System) indicate that jobs in Quality Assuranceare expected to grow at about the statewide average rate. Total job openings are projected to be much higher than the statewide average.
CERTIFICATE ADVISING INFORMATION
Planning to achieve an Quality Assurance Certificate