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"The Mission of ASQ Northeastern Pennsylvania is to promote the use of the principles and tools of Quality in Northeastern Pennsylvania's businesses and public institutions and become a source of Quality related expertise for our membership and community."

To be rescheduled (possibly September) due to low summer turnout:

Title: Quality Outreach in Higher Education and Beyond!

Presenter Bio:  Hadassah Mativetsky started as a Software Quality Engineer at Universal Instruments in September 2015. Prior to working as an Engineer, Hadassah was a program and research coordinator at Binghamton University. Between her BA in Mathematics and her MS in Systems Science she worked many odd jobs, volunteered and traveled the world. She is currently the Toastmasters District 65 Division D director and is passionate about helping people to become leaders and public speakers. She is also the ASQ Binghamton Section #205 Program Chair and Social Media Co-chair as well as a Software Division Member at Large. She tweets about STEM at @Haddie.  

Hadassah's personal website can be found at: and her twitter handle is


August 14 Plant Tour of CornellCookson in Mountaintop PA
October 23 and October 24: NEQC Conference  in Marlborough, MA.

Dear ASQ Colleagues,


Our ASQ Section 1302 is offering prep courses for CQE & CMQ/OE certification. These are fully online classes with learner-learner and faculty-learner interaction and activity. 

For more information, please visit:

Note: Changes in Recertification Journal fees


  ASQ Member ASQ Non-Member
1 certification $69 $109
2 or more certifications $89 total $109 each

Job Openings

Job, posted May 18 2018


Quality Manager 2


General Dynamics - Ordnance and Tactical Systems (PA)

Job Location(s):

Scranton, PA

Start Date:


Employment Term:


Employment Type:

Full Time

Starting Salary Range:

Not Provided


Required Education:

Bachelor's Degree

Required Experience:

10 to 20+ years

Required Security Clearance:


Related Categories:

Quality Assurance/Safety

Position Description

Manage quality activities to support operations/manufacturing for a large caliper ammunition manufacturing facility. Manage and provide continual improvement of company’s quality policy, quality objectives, to the ISO 9001:2008 quality management system, ensuring that the customer product requirements and company requirements are met.                                                                               
Maintain Certification of the company's ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System certification. Coordinate customer interface activities on product including new product development, readiness reviews, quality planning, first article testing, and customer complaints. Provide methodologies for investigating root cause and corrective and preventive actions due to product or QMS non-conformities.            
Ensures proper flow down of customer or internal requirements to suppliers and contractors. Provide support for cross-functional activities for continual improvement opportunities. Provide oversight of a team of quality control inspectors and Quality Assurance Engineers (QE’s) engaged in planning, inspection, testing, tabulating, and evaluation activities to ensure high productivity and high technical reliability of materials and manufacturing processes. Designs, develops, and implement quality control training programs.
Responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of the Quality Department. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with GD-OTS policies and applicable laws.  Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.  Responsibility includes ensuring compliance with all environmental and safety programs within the GD-OTS facility. 
Continuous Improvement – Must be able to provide practical process improvements techniques to minimize process variations utilizing Six Sigma, Statistical Process Control (SPC), and Lean Manufacturing tools.
Control Techniques - Must possess skills in Product Quality Planning, Process FMEA’s, Risk Management, Process Validations, and Statistical Sampling, Metrology, Gage Design, Gage Repeatability and Reproducibility.
Leadership – Must be a decisive team leader with extensive experience in hiring, training, and developing talent within the organization to improve employee versatility.                              
Communication - Persuasive communicator with well-developed presentation problem solving skills. Able to develop relationships with colleagues, customers, and staff, to encourage cross-functional communication.

Specific Skills: Ability to lead, work collaboratively and professionally with all levels of the organization, including management, supervisory and hourly employees. Acts with integrity in all aspects of work. Good problem solving skills with the ability to apply investigative skills and solution minded approach to addressing problems and issues, considering root cause, repeatability and compliance requirements. A strong sense of accountability for results and principles. Excellent communications skills, strong computer skills, including the ability to capture, analyze and interpret and present data in a meaningful format. Strong organizational skills, and ability to self-prioritize and successfully manage multiple assignments in a fast paced environment. Ability to positively persuade and resolve conflict.
GD-OTS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer - Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled


Job, posted April 2 2018

Senior Manager, CAR-T Operational Excellence – Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
Req #: 1800911
Location: Summit, NJ US
Job Category: Finance
Work Location: 556 Morris Avenue WARREN 07901
Organization: Celgene Corporation
Job, posted March 17 2018

New ASQ certification Supplier Quality Professional CSQP

Certification Review Courses

The fees for recertification will increase as of August 1, 2013. The member fee for one recertification journal will be $69, up from $59; for multiple journals, it is $89, up from $79. Nonmember fees increase to $109 per journal.
  Courses will be held if we can get three or more partcipants.
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Note that the application must be filed about two months before the exam. Exams are now given at testing centers rather than at quarterly intervals.

Quality Inspector (CQI) (formerly CMI?)
Quality Technician (CQT)
Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence (CMQOE)
Reliability Engineer (CRE)
Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB)
Calibration Technician (CCT)
Quality Improvement Associate (CQIA)
Quality Engineer (CQE)
Quality Auditor (CQA)
Quality Process Analyst (CQPA)
Six Sigma Green Belt (CSSGB)

Senior Member Upgrade

You may apply for Senior membership status if you meet the following criteria:

  • Been an ASQ Regular member in good standing for one year
  • Have 10 years of professional experience
  • Meet one of four professional criteria outlined on the Senior Membership application

3. Have qualified in one of the following ways described below:
a. Conducting quality-related engineering, inspection or audit, or statistical work, or applying the methods and principles
of quality on the job for at least two (2) years.
b. Teaching quality or related arts or sciences at an accredited institution for at least two (2) years.
c. Being a Senior member or comparable grade in an American Society for Association Executives’ list of recognized
d. Currently holding an ASQ certification that requires recertification.

Your member dues remain the same but you can get a free technical journal or two free division memberships. See the ASQ link for details.

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