Applied Quality and Standards

Business & Technology

Degree awarded: Associate in Applied Science

Program Narrative

Today's manufacturing environment is clean, fast-paced and always changing to stay competitive. Manufacturing today also requires more technical knowledge than in the past. That's why it is important to stay on top of the latest trends and methods involved in manufacturing, technology, and continuous quality improvement. For those just entering the field, it's also vital to have hands-on operating skills specific to at least one area of manufacturing.

We developed our Applied Quality and Standards program with the assistance of local manufacturing experts. Their input assures that graduates of our program are highly skilled and knowledgeable in today's manufacturing and quality assurance practices.

Graduates new to manufacturing will gain a new set of skills and knowledge qualifying them as machine operators, quality inspectors or technicians, and manufacturing engineering technicians. Existing manufacturing personnel who graduate from this program will become better qualified as technicians, auditors, supervisors and managers of Quality, manufacturing group leaders, and process technicians.

Program Features

The program focuses on providing practical industry-specific training in well-equipped manufacturing and quality assurance labs. While students study areas of Quality such as Total Quality Management, statistical process control, ISO 9000 standards, and auditing, they also learn to apply this knowledge to specific types of manufacturing through hands-on technical electives. If you have existing skills in manufacturing, you may be able to gain credit through testing to challenge the technical electives requirement.

The associate's degree program includes a series of required general education courses. These classes prepare you to assume a greater role in working with people and other departments in your organization. The well-rounded education you receive increases your potential to grow into supervisory or management positions.

The work-based internship near the end of the degree program can be carried out with your employer or with another approved organization. During your internship, you'll apply your manufacturing and quality skills and knowledge to a production or process operation, experiencing the dynamics found only in an actual organization.

If you're interested in continuing your education to the bachelor's degree level, you may transfer your credits from this program to the following programs:

  • Franklin College B.S. in Applied Management (web-based)
  • California University of Pennsylvania B.S. in Industrial Management (web-based)
  • Penn College of Technology B.S. in Technical Management
  • Penn College of Technology B.S. in Welding and Fabrication Engineering Technology

Check with your advisor for more information and options in course selection.

All courses are offered during the evening in the Fall and Spring. General education courses and most technical electives are also offered in the daytime.

Program Requirements

No special requirements are needed to apply for this program.

Contact the Admissions Office at 610-861-5500 for further information.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Interpret international quality standards and specifications and apply them to a quality system within an organization.
  • Demonstrate proficient research and computer skills in data gathering and analysis.
  • Analyze and present data in an acceptable and standardized manner.
  • Solve common manufacturing or service quality-related problems using both a reactive and proactive approach.
  • Demonstrate competent technical writing skills.
  • Demonstrate competent speaking skills when working with diverse groups.
  • Demonstrate a basic framework of technical vocabulary and graphic interpretation applicable to quality technology and a specific industrial process or service.
  • Demonstrate observational, integrative, and synthetic skills.
  • Demonstrate the proper use and care of common mechanical metrology and calibration tools, instruments and equipment.
  • Apply basic "Quality" philosophy, methodology and "statistical thinking" to the continuous quality improvement system in an organization.
  • Describe the key process elements and technology commonly found in various types of manufacturing operations such as foundries, electronics, food and drug packaging, plastics molding, machining, etc. or various types of service organizations.
  • Demonstrate the basic process methodology, equipment operation, and application of industry quality standards found in a specific manufacturing industry such as electronics, food and drug packaging, plastics molding, or machining or a specific service industry such as insurance, banking or health-care.
  • Demonstrate proper application of mathematics to solving quality process-related problems.
  • Apply costing concepts and methods to decisions in implementing design and quality related practices and technology in an organization.

Applied Quality and Standards Program

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Course Code Course Title Credits
First Semester
BUSA 114 Manufacturing Cost Control 3
CMTH 102 Speech Communication 3
ENGL 101 English I 3
MATH 140 College Algebra 3
______ Technical Electives + 4
  Second Semester  
CISC 101 Introduction to Computers 3
ENGG 117 Technical Drawings and Specifications 3
ENGG 125 Manufacturing Processes 3
ENGL 151T English II (Technical Writing) 3
______ Technical Electives + 4
  Third Semester  
BUSA 252 Quality Management 3
QUAL 210 Statistical Quality Control 3
______ General Education Elective 3
______ Science Elective (SCI) 4
______ Technical Electives + 3
  Fourth Semester  
QUAL 215 Quality Assurance 3
QUAL 221G Applied Quality Practicum 3
______ General Education Elective 3
______ Technical Electives + 3
______ Elective 3
  Total Credits 63

+ Technical Elective options: Any courses in BIOS, BIOT, CHEM, ELEC, EMEC, ENGG, or WELD.<

  • For the General Education Electives, students must select one course from the list of approved courses in two of the following categories: Arts & Humanities (AH); Social Science: Societies and Institutions over Time (SIT) or Social Science: Scientific Study of Human Behavior (SSHB).
  • One course should be designated as Diversity and Global Awareness (D)
  • Completion of QUAL 221G satisfies the Writing Intensive (WI) requirement for this program.

Career Potential: Quality Control Technician, Process Technician, leading to Manufacturing Supervisor, Quality Supervisor Manufacturing Engineer.