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Quality Control Inspector

Overview and Key Facts

quality control inspector worker in protective suit
Education
Education
High school diploma or equivalent
Median Pay
Median Pay
$38,580
Job Growth
Job Growth
-3.00%
(Below US Average)
Jobs in 2031
Jobs in 2031
554,500

What Do They Do?

A quality control inspector could...

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Imagine having the superpower to ensure that everything around us is top-notch and meets the highest standards. As a Quality Control Inspector, you become a super detective. You inspect and test products like toys, technology and cars. You make sure the products are perfect before they reach the hands of customers. Paying attention to detail and commitment to perfection leads to making sure every item is made exactly as it should be.

Do You Have the Skills and Characteristics of a Quality Control Inspector?


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Core Tasks

Think about if you'd like the typical tasks a Quality Control Inspector might do:
  • Discard or reject products, materials, or equipment not meeting specifications.
  • Mark items with details, such as grade or acceptance-rejection status.
  • Measure dimensions of products to verify conformance to specifications, using measuring instruments, such as rulers, calipers, gauges, or micrometers.
  • Notify supervisors or other personnel of production problems.
  • Inspect, test, or measure materials, products, installations, or work for conformance to specifications.
  • Write test or inspection reports describing results, recommendations, or needed repairs.
  • Recommend necessary corrective actions, based on inspection results.
  • Read dials or meters to verify that equipment is functioning at specified levels.
  • Make minor adjustments to equipment, such as turning setscrews to calibrate instruments to required tolerances.
  • Read blueprints, data, manuals, or other materials to determine specifications, inspection and testing procedures, adjustment methods, certification processes, formulas, or measuring instruments required.
  • Monitor production operations or equipment to ensure conformance to specifications, making necessary process or assembly adjustments.
  • Record inspection or test data, such as weights, temperatures, grades, or moisture content, and quantities inspected or graded.
  • Position products, components, or parts for testing.
  • Remove defects, such as chips, burrs, or lap corroded or pitted surfaces.
  • Collect or select samples for testing or for use as models.
  • Stack or arrange tested products for further processing, shipping, or packaging.

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