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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."

Section Meeting, scheduled tenatitively for December 4 2019

From Project Management Institute (no RSVP address given, we are trying to obtain one)

Northeast Branch November 2018 Meeting

When: Thursday, November 15, 2018 6:00-8:00 PM  (May have been canceled due to weather, we will announce if it is rescheduled)

Where: Marzoni's, Moosic, PA

We invite you to come meet with us to expand your network by attending our recurring monthly event series meetings for the Project Management Community in NEPA

The feature presentation will be as follows:

Speaker: Richard Radgoski, PMP

Topic : Project Scheduling Basics

Topics will include the building blocks of Schedules - Activities & Constraints, Critical Path, Backwards & Forwards Scheduling, Resources, and the fundamentals of building a good Schedule in MS Project. 

Talent Triangle: 1.0 Technical PDU

Cost: (PMI) Members must login to receive a $5 discount. Non-members and guests will be charged a nomial $5

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:

Avoiding Interstate 81

Interstate 81 Northbound is highly problematic during rush hour, when many people are trying to get to our meetings in the Moosic/Montage Mountain area. We tested a detour that, while it goes through Avoca, avoids 81. (The penalty is slower travel through a town with speed limits as low as 25 mph.) In any event, take Route 315 northbound from the Wilkes-Barre or Pittston interchange. (If you are coming from Mountaintop, get off on the Wilkes-Barre exit and take Spring Street to Mundy Street (or Kidder Street) to get onto 315. This assumes there is traffic backup between 309 from Mountaintop and the Highland Park Blvd. or 309/115 interchange.)

315 turns into Ziegler Street and then Main Street in Avoca. Main Street drops to 25 mph but will take you to Route 11. Turn right from Route 11 onto 502, and take 502 to Glenmaura Blvd. The latter will take you to Davis Street, and Marzonis. Here is a map of the region. Caveat; Birney Avenue can be problematic during rush hour as well.

Directions from Mountaintop PA (Wilkes-Barre, use Rt. 315 portion) to avoid I-81 but adds about 20 minutes to the total.  Note; the following is for Marzonis and not Cooper's,
but it shows how to avoid I-81 between Mountaintop and Scranton.,+PA/Marzoni's+Brick+Oven+%26+Brewing,+26+Montage+Mountain+Rd,+Moosic,+PA+18507/@41.2705306,-75.9282927,11z/am=t/data=!4m16!4m15!1m5!1m1!1s0x89c5046b6969ac89:0xf9be084ce9f25d3d!2m2!1d-75.877419!2d41.1695269!1m5!1m1!1s0x89c4dfa47cfc5857:0x7c845ca7aa1e89ef!2m2!1d-75.6796747!2d41.3703342!2m1!1b1!3e0

Directions from Dunmore PA (Scranton, use South Main Ave. or Route 11 portion),+PA/Marzoni's+Brick+Oven+%26+Brewing,+26+Montage+Mountain+Rd,+Moosic,+PA+18507/@41.4020507,-75.6960405,13z/am=t/data=!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x89c4dbec5f708421:0xbb2af769c1558be9!2m2!1d-75.6324112!2d41.4198027!1m5!1m1!1s0x89c4dfa47cfc5857:0x7c845ca7aa1e89ef!2m2!1d-75.6796747!2d41.3703342!5i1

Both routes add 15-25 minutes to the total nominal time because one is not using a limited-access highway, and are recommended only when traffic grinds to a halt on I-81.
Traffic information is often available ahead of time on the radio and Internet. (select Wikes-Barre/Scranton region) may have up to date information before you leave. 

The free App Waze will also provide travel guidance.

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
New (October 28 2018)
Robotics Technician III - 2nd Shift at Universal Instruments

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


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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2018 Section Officers

Bill Levinson
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Vice Chair
Mark Royer

Secretary (July-Dec)
Candice Kobrynich

Kathleen Scott

Auditing Chris Rapp

Recertification George Vamos George Vamos
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Membership Laura Grzywacz

Newsletter Bill Levinson (Jan-Jun)
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2019 Section Officers

Bill Levinson
asq209 "at"  570-824-1986
Vice Chair
Mark Royer

Secretary (July-Dec)
Candice Kobrynich

Kathleen Scott

Auditing Chris Rapp

Recertification George Vamos George Vamos
Schott Glass Technologies
400 York Ave.
Duryea PA 18642-2036
george.vamos "at"

Section Arrangements Chair
Andrea Myers
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Kathleen Scott

Membership Laura Grzywacz

Newsletter Andrea Myers
Web site Bill Levinson


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