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The Quality Assurance Certificate Program provides the student with intensive measuring and testing skills. Major areas of study include common measuring instruments and techniques using micrometers, gage blocks, and calipers; special measuring equipment and techniques using coordinate measuring machines, computer vision machines, and digital measuring devices; materials testing covering stress and strain analysis, tension and compression tests; metallograph inspection and analysis; and hardness and strength studies involving heat treating.
Candidates can already hold a degree in Industrial Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology or Industrial Maintenance Technology. Candidates must also meet the requirements of a first-time college student or transfer student (see Admissions section). Candidates must take at least 15 of the 18 hours at Southwest. Each student should assure that he or she has met the prerequisites before attempting to register for a course.
Graduates of this certificate program can find employment opportunities in virtually every manufacturing, industrial, and service organization. These certificate holders can also continue their education in the Mechanical Engineering Technology Associate Degree Program in either the Mechanical Design or Manufacturing Concentration. It is recommended that the Mechanical/Manufacturing CAD Certificate be completed first for those who do not have the proper industrial experience or necessary technical skills. See program advisor for proper placement in program. Cooperative Education with industry is also available to qualified students.