Quality Assurance Inspector

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High school (GED) +

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What They Do

Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers Career Video

Inspects, tests, sorts, samples, or weighs nonagricultural raw materials or processed, machined, fabricated, or assembled parts or products for defects, wear, and deviations from specifications. May use precision measuring instruments and complex test equipment.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Quality Assurance pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Inspects, tests, or measures materials, products, installations, or work for conformance to specifications.
  • Measures dimensions of products to verify conformance to specifications, using measuring instruments such as rulers, calipers, gauges, or micrometers.
  • Reads blueprints, data, manuals, or other materials to determine specifications, inspection and testing procedures, adjustment methods, certification processes, formulas, or measuring instruments required.
  • Records inspection or test data, such as weights, temperatures, grades, or moisture content, and quantities inspected or graded.
  • Marks items with details such as grade or acceptance-rejection status.
  • Notifies supervisors or other personnel of production problems.
  • Discards or rejects products, materials, or equipment not meeting specifications.
  • Collects or selects samples for testing or for use as models.
  • Writes test or inspection reports describing results, recommendations, or needed repairs.
  • Compares colors, shapes, textures, or grades of products or materials with color charts, templates, or samples to verify conformance to standards.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Rotating shift work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Inspector
  • Picker / Packer
  • Quality Assurance Auditor
  • Quality Assurance Technician — Monitors the production process to determine if the parts or products are meeting quality specifications.
  • Quality Auditor
  • Quality Inspector
  • Quality Technician
  • Quality Assurance Inspector (QA Inspector)
  • Quality Control Inspector (QC Inspector)
  • Quality Control Technician (QC Technician)