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Become A Construction Materials Testing Technician

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Working As A Construction Materials Testing Technician

  • Getting Information
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $40,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Construction Materials Testing Technician Do At Kelly Services

* Performs field inspections and observes for roadway, structure, utilities and bridge construction projects
* Performs soil, concrete, aggregate, asphalt, and masonry testing
* Provides daily reports of observations and test results
* Monitors work procedures for compliance with project specifications
* Interacts with client representative at project sites
* Performs analysis or calculations to check accuracy, applicability, and reasonableness of testing data

What Does A Construction Materials Testing Technician Do At Braun Intertec

* Perform testing and observations on commercial construction projects
* Prepare daily reports on observation activities
* Review observation and test data for accuracy and completeness
* Assist with training and mentoring of junior staff as needed
* Work with project engineers and clients to ensure that client specifications are followed

What Does A Construction Materials Testing Technician Do At Intertek

* Set-up and perform tests on building products in a laboratory and field environment
* Analyze test results and write accurate and concise test reports that summarize the test procedures and results
* Communicate with clients regarding test preparation, procedures, and results

What Does A Construction Materials Testing Technician Do At Summit Design and Engineering Services, PLLC

* Accurately perform various construction materials tests in accordance with applicable standards, observe work procedures and verify compliance with job specifications.
* Create accurate and detail reports of observations and tests data.
* Interact with construction site supervisors and client representatives

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How To Become A Construction Materials Testing Technician

Most quality control inspectors need a high school diploma and receive on-the-job training that typically lasts as little as 1 month or up to 1 year.

Education & Training

Education and training requirements vary with the responsibilities of the quality control worker. For inspectors who do simple pass/fail tests of products, a high school diploma and some in-house training are generally enough. Workers usually receive on-the-job training that typically lasts for as little as 1 month or up to 1 year.

Candidates for inspector jobs can improve their chances of finding work by studying industrial trades in high school or in a postsecondary vocational program. Laboratory work in the natural or biological sciences also may improve a person’s analytical skills and increase their chances of finding work in medical or pharmaceutical labs, where many of these workers are employed.

Training for new inspectors may cover the use of special meters, gauges, computers, and other instruments; quality control techniques such as Six Sigma; blueprint reading; safety; and reporting requirements. Some postsecondary training programs exist, but many employers prefer to train inspectors on the job.

As manufacturers use more automated techniques that require less inspection by hand, workers in this occupation increasingly must know how to operate and program more sophisticated equipment and utilize software applications. Because these operations require additional skills, higher education may be necessary. To address this need, some colleges are offering associate’s degrees in fields such as quality control management.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The American Society for Quality (ASQ) offers various certifications, including a designation for Certified Quality Inspector (CQI), and numerous sources of information and various levels of Six Sigma certifications. Certification can demonstrate competence and professionalism, making candidates more attractive to employers. It can also increase opportunities for advancement. Requirements for certification generally include a certain number of years of experience in the field and passing an exam.

Important Qualities

Dexterity. Quality control inspectors should be able to quickly remove sample parts or products during the manufacturing process.

Math skills. Knowledge of basic math and computer skills are important because measuring, calibrating, and calculating specifications are major parts of quality control testing.

Mechanical skills. Quality control inspectors must be able to use specialized tools and machinery when testing products.

Physical stamina. Quality control inspectors must be able to stand for long periods on the job.

Physical strength. Because workers sometimes lift heavy objects, inspectors should be in good physical condition.

Technical skills. Quality control inspectors must understand blueprints, technical documents, and manuals which help ensure that products and parts meet quality standards.

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Top Construction Materials Testing Technician Skills

  1. Laboratory Tests
  2. Construction Materials
  3. Soil Samples
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Inspected, tested, and documented construction materials placed on various roadway construction projects throughout the state of Colorado.
  • Procure soil samples for laboratory compaction testing and conduct in place field density on said soils.
  • Facilitated large concrete pours on multi-million dollar projects.
  • Prepared daily reports and worked closely with project engineers.
  • Meet mandated standards by performing and testing batch samples for job site; report daily activities.

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