Production, Quality & Manufacturing

Production, Quality, and Manufacturing (PQM) Overview

F-22 ManufacturingThe career discipline that focuses on the actual physical building of a product in the DoD is Production, Quality, and Manufacturing (PQM).  PQM is made up of these three disciplines and forms the basis for taking requirements and raw materials and converting them into a final product for a customer. Integrated Management Planning (IMP) is the management technique that merges these three disciplines into the overall DoD Acquisition Life-Cycle Management process.


Production is the processes and methods employed to transform tangible inputs (raw materials, semi-finished goods, or subassemblies) and intangible inputs (ideas, information, knowledge) into goods or services. Topics that address production are:


Manufacturing is a conversion process and a form of production. It brings together resources including materials, manpower, tools, equipment, technology, and facilities in a structured, organized manner to produce the evolved design of a finished product. Topics that address manufacturing are:


Quality is that aspect that a product meets the stated needs, requirements, and demands for customer satisfaction. The act of ensuring quality falls under Quality Assurance (QA). QA is a monitoring approach that evaluates various aspects of an acquisition project, or service to determine if the minimum standards of quality are being attained by the production process.  Topics that address QA are:

Topics that Program Managers (PM) and PQM personnel should be aware of are:

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Updated: 6/9/2021

Rank: G1

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