My Quality Story

2008

Quality in the First Person: Street Smarts

by Haley, Edward B.

When I was 18, I started my career on a production line at my father’s place of employment. Up to that point, my father, an engineer, had always shown me how things were made and how they could be better....


Quality in the First Person: The Main Event

by Ashworth, Darrell

Before attending graduate school, I only knew the generic meaning of the word quality. That changed during my second semester, in spring 2003, when I took a quality and productivity methods course....


Quality in the First Person: Rocky Start

by Payne, Tamara

The early part of my life was filled with mistakes, one after the other. When I was 15, my family moved to a new town, and I was in a new school. By 16, I quit school. By 17, I was married, and at 18, I was divorced with a baby....


Quality in the First Person: Traffic Jam

by Schwartzman, Joel

This audit led me in a direction that I would never have dreamed of—and left me with a spectacular story to tell....


Quality in the First Person: All Roads Lead to Quality

by Robinson, Henry W.

At 17, most high school students are trying to decide what they want to do with their lives. At graduation, I never would have thought that in 10 years I would work in quality assurance....


Quality in the First Person: Uniquely Prepared

by Harkins, Ray

Being the quality manager of a plastics extrusion and fabrication company for the last eight years has required large shares of technical savvy, people skills and hard work. The experience and skills I’ve gained in the trenches have been invaluable....


Quality in the First Person: Lapses in Quality

by Dean, Darrick

This past year marked my 10th year in industry. It seemed an opportune time to look back at how the various companies I have worked for approached quality....


Quality in the First Person: Value of Certification

by Laman, Scott

In 1986, I began my career as an engineer in the research and development function of a large global chemical company. Eight years later, my family relocated, and I took a job with a plastic products company as a senior process development engineer....


Quality in the First Person: Lucky Break

by Vissers, Wendy

When I was in college, attending classes day after day, I knew exactly where I wanted to be when I graduated: working in a lab somewhere doing groundbreaking research....


Quality in the First Person: From Pizza to Quality

by Ashworth, Bill

I was hired as a quality technician at TexTek Plastics, and the quality manager, who had vast experience in quality applications, was impressed with my diverse education and experiences. One of the absolutes I have learned in my journey is that the compan...



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