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Quality Assurance Inspector Certificate

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Type
Certificate
Estimated # of Quarters
This certificate is approximately 3 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Fall and spring quarters.
Prerequisites
COMPASS score of 68 in reading and 33 in writing, or successful completion of ENG 082 . COMPASS score of (algebra 76 or above or college algebra 48 or above) or successful completion of MAT 099 is required. Instructor permission required.

Prepares students for employment opportunities in the manufacturing and aerospace industries, with transferable skills to other manufacturers requiring quality assurance. Students will gain foundational skills in manufacturing processes, safety, measuring instruments, blueprint reading, workplace psychology, report writing and industrial math. Skills can be applied to quality assurance and inspection work at all stages of manufacturing, from examining materials received from a supplier or inspecting components and assemblies during production to performing final checks on finished products.

This program requires that students have a sound knowledge of trade math and blueprint reading, and experience in a manufacturing environment.  The program is structured in three progressive steps starting with the use of basic tools used in the lab and in the office; continuing through the use of statistics for process control and the development of inspection plans; and ending with advanced techniques such as Six Sigma, and a capstone project.

Certificate Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
CAS 121CLWord I3
CAS 130CLExcel I3
CAS 135CLExcel II3
COLL 102College Success for All3
MATH& 146Introduction to Stats5
MEC 210Metrology and Calibration5
NDT 187Inspection and Test Equipment5
NDT 189Inspection Planning and Processes4
NDT 191Continuous Improvement Tools4
NDT 193Statistical Process Control4
NDT 195CAPQuality Inspector Capstone Project3
 Technical Credits42

Word I

Item #
CAS 121CL
Total Credits
3

Use beginning word-processing techniques while creating and editing business documents. Create tables, columns, envelopes and mailing labels. Work with special features to track and review changes and compare documents.

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Excel I

Item #
CAS 130CL
Total Credits
3

Create and analyze professionally formatted spreadsheets. Enter data, formulas and functions. Create charts and insert graphics. Sort and filter lists. 

Prerequisites
MAT 082 skills preferred.
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Excel II

Item #
CAS 135CL
Total Credits
3

Use advanced spreadsheet features and functions to analyze and project data. Learn how to use what-if analysis tools such as scenarios and solver. Create macros; validate data; link worksheets/books; use pivot tables; find errors; and share, merge, and protect workbooks. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of CAS 130.
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College Success for All

Item #
COLL 102
Total Credits
3

College Success for All prepares students for success at Clover Park Technical College and beyond.  This class is offered Pass/Fail utilizes CANVAS CPTC’s online learning management system to get students familiar with this learning environment. Designed to provide students with the basic skills to be successful in college, by developing connections with campus resources, faculty, staff and peers.  The course includes 20 hours of classroom instruction and 20 hours of online and computer work. It includes, but is not limited to: study skills, learning styles, communication skills, time management, campus resources, test taking strategies, diversity and campus policies and procedures.  This class also includes mandatory safety and FERPA training along with a component on using SALT for financial planning. Beginning in Fall 2016, this course is mandatory for all new students.

Prerequisites
None, but required for all students.
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Introduction to Stats

Item #
MATH& 146
Total Credits
5

Descriptive and inferential statistics, including measures of central tendency, dispersion or variation, and skewness. Students are introduced to basic concepts in probability, as well as discrete and continuous probability distribution functions. Statistical inference includes sampling, elementary experimental design, and hypothesis testing using normal, student’s T, and F-distributions; linear regression and correlation; and the chi-square distribution. Graphing calculator is required. 

Prerequisites
Appropriate COMPASS placement score (algebra 76 or above or college algebra 48 or above) or successful completion of MAT 099 is required.
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Metrology and Calibration

Item #
MEC 210
Total Credits
5

Introduces students to basic concepts of metrology, including common technical terms, basic measurement concepts, electronics related to measurement instruments, and math used in calibration. Also teaches various techniques used to make good measurements using calibration equipment and the standards and requirements for implementation and maintenance of calibration and measurement equipment.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of MEC 115 or instructor permission.
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Inspection and Test Equipment

Item #
NDT 187
Total Credits
5

Teaches students about the use and care of inspection tools including surface plates, height gauges, indicators, coordinate measuring machines (CMM), and electrical and electronic test instruments.  Includes the use of Excel to gather, analyze and present inspection data; and the development of professional reports for the presentation of this information.

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Inspection Planning and Processes

Item #
NDT 189
Total Credits
4

Covers the development of acceptance sampling plans and processes for quality control. Includes the use of sampling tables and standards in preparing inspection plans for new product design, product improvement, incoming material control, and vendors' parts supply.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of NDT 187.
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Continuous Improvement Tools

Item #
NDT 191
Total Credits
4

Introduction to key tools used for continuous improvement including Six Sigma, and Lean. Students will larn the background behind, and the terminology associated with, these tools; and will learn how to apply the Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control (DMAIC) model to improve production outcomes.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of MATH& 146 and NDT 189.
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Statistical Process Control

Item #
NDT 193
Total Credits
4

Covers the use of statistical techniques for quality improvement. Includes the use of control charts for variable and attribute data, and interpretation of the charts for process capability and probability of occurrences analysis. Also studied are ANOVA, R&R gage capability and sampling strategies.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics.
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Quality Inspector Capstone Project

Item #
NDT 195CAP
Total Credits
3

A required capstone project to be completed prior to completion of the program as a final check of competency. Students meet in person with an instructor and agree to a project that will apply the skills and competencies that students have acquired in the programk and that will result in a portfolio piece showcasing their abilities. Students must submit a description and timetable for completion signed by both the instructor supervising the capstone project and the student. This course is to be taken in the final quarter of the program.

Prerequisites
Instructor permission and successful completion of MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics.
Co-requisites
NDT 191 Continuous Improvement tools.
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