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QUALITY IN THE FIRST PERSON Super Powers 10 reasons why engineers are real-life superheroes IS IT A bird? Is it a plane? No-it's a qual- quality engineers and their superheroic on the table nearby and said, 'You ity engineer. friends in other engineering disciplines see that lamp? Most people see just a are recognized during National Engineers lamp, a simple fixture that when pow- Week. This year it's Feb. 16-22. ered on provides light to a room. As an Think it's difficult to mistake a quality engineer with a superhero? Think again. engineer, I see swarms of equations to Quality engineers are basically superhe- It's a small token of gratitude. From roes with more employable skills. Sure, the roads we drive on to the devices and determine voltage, mass and disper- superheroes might have X-ray vision, the methods we use to communicate with sion area, circuitry schematics, techni- ability to generate force fields, and some friends and family, engineers touch our cal drawings, and ways to disassemble are even immune to poison-but qual- lives daily and hold the promise of discov- it and determine how it works. It's not ity engineers can create X-bar charts, eries that are yet to come. just a lamp. It's a puzzle.'" -Denise conduct force-field analyses and calculate Poission distributions. Like superheroes, quality engineers In honor of National Engineers Week, QP took a closer look at what makes engineers and the profession super by Wrestler, director of quality assurance and regulatory at AutoMedx Inc., Flower Mound, TX. make the impossible possible with their asking the global engineering community 2. Engineers are the world's problem arsenal of quality tools and out-of-the-box to weigh in with its thoughts. While there solvers. "We take science and turn approaches to vanquish variation, wipe are countless attributes, 10 key reasons it into solutions. We find the order out waste and protect the greater good of emerged: in chaos and the beauty in numbers. society. 1. Engineers view the world differ- Starting from the humble words, 'What ently. "I once had to explain to my if we ... ?' civilizations have been be the subject of comic books or block- mom how being an engineer makes me built and advanced. As an engineer, buster movies, every year in February think differently. I pointed to a lamp my greatest joy is watching an idea And though quality engineers may not turn into an accomplishment." -Dan Marvin, director of technical services, MAPEI, Deerfield Beach, FL. 3. Engineers know no bounds. "Being an engineer makes you think positively and create solutions from pressing needs. Engineers are always are focused on finding new ways to do things." -Ojarikre Egbenine, mechanical inspector, United Cement Co., Calabar, Nigeria. 4. Engineers impact daily life. "I love that something you put down on paper can be converted into something that functions in the real world as you predicted it would." -Lance B. Coleman, quality engineer and lean leader, Tech Group, Phoenix. 5. Engineers are paid with smiles. "My favorite times at work are when 42 QP * www.qualityprogress.com http://www.qualityprogress.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Quality Progress - February 2014

Up Front
LogOn
Expert Answers
Keeping Current
Mr. Pareto Head
Learning From Experience
Choose Wisely
A Pathway for Patients
Hoist Help
3.4 per Million
Quality in the First Person
Measure for Measure
Career Corner
Statistics Roundtable
Standards Outlook
SPECIAL SECTION: Six Sigma Resource Guide
QP Toolbox
QP Reviews
Back to Basics

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