George Dramowicz, vice president of quality, Merix Corp.
George Dramowicz, who has been an ASQ member since the early 1980s, is vice president of quality at Merix Corp. in Hillsboro, OR. He has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering as well as an executive management diploma.
Here, Dramowicz shares his ideas about Six Sigma and his advice to those new to quality.
What do you think is most important in implementing a Six Sigma project?
To finish it.
Why do you think Six Sigma is important?
It puts the discipline of project management into an improvement initiative and forces project leaders to identify improvement action based on facts or valid assumptions. It validates results.
Why do you think quality is important?
It improves quality of life.
What’s your favorite benefit of quality?
Learning, and the occasional “wow” experiences.
Why did you choose to go into the quality field?
To interact with people, engage in life-long learning, develop universal skills and avoid boring, repetitive tasks on the job.
What’s your best advice to someone new to quality?
Be patient. Stick with this field for at least five years to get a real feel for it and to gain the professional benefit of the skills that you will acquire. The skills are universal: problem solving, communication, stress management and being unstuck in life.