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Working As A Control Inspector

  • 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

  • $58,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Control Inspector Do

Quality control inspectors examine products and materials for defects or deviations from specifications.

Duties

Quality control inspectors typically do the following:

  • Read blueprints and specifications
  • Monitor operations to ensure that they meet production standards
  • Recommend adjustments to the assembly or production process
  • Inspect, test, or measure materials or products being produced
  • Measure products with rulers, calipers, gauges, or micrometers
  • Accept or reject finished items
  • Remove all products and materials that fail to meet specifications
  • Discuss inspection results with those responsible for products
  • Report inspection and test data

Quality control inspectors, for example, ensure that the food or medicine you take will not make you sick, that your car will run properly, and that your pants will not split the first time you wear them. These workers monitor quality standards for nearly all manufactured products, including foods, textiles, clothing, glassware, motor vehicles, electronic components, computers, and structural steel. Specific job duties vary across the wide range of industries in which these inspectors work.

Quality control workers rely on many tools to do their jobs. Although some still use hand-held measurement devices, such as calipers and alignment gauges, workers more commonly operate electronic inspection equipment, such as coordinate-measuring machines (CMMs). Inspectors testing electrical devices may use voltmeters, ammeters, and ohmmeters to test potential difference, current flow, and resistance, respectively.

Quality control workers record the results of their inspections through test reports. When they find defects, inspectors notify supervisors and help to analyze and correct production problems.

In some firms, the inspection process is completely automated, with advanced vision inspection systems installed at one or several points in the production process. Inspectors in these firms monitor the equipment, review output, and conduct random product checks.

The following are examples of types of quality control inspectors:

Inspectors mark, tag, or note problems. They may reject defective items outright, send them for repair, or fix minor problems themselves. If the product is acceptable, the inspector certifies it. Inspectors may further specialize in the following jobs:

  • Materials inspectors check products by sight, sound, or feel to locate imperfections such as cuts, scratches, missing pieces, or crooked seams.
  • Mechanical inspectors generally verify that parts fit, move correctly, and are properly lubricated. They may check the pressure of gases and the level of liquids, test the flow of electricity, and conduct test runs to ensure that machines run properly.

Samplers test or inspect a sample for malfunctions or defects during a batch or production run.

Sorters separate goods according to length, size, fabric type, or color.

Testers repeatedly test existing products or prototypes under real-world conditions. Through these tests, manufacturers determine how long a product will last, what parts will break down first, and how to improve durability.

Weighers weigh quantities of materials for use in production.

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How To Become A Control Inspector

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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Control Inspector Career Paths

Control Inspector
Quality Control Inspector Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Inspector Technician Foreman
Construction Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Inspector Quality Assurance Technician Quality Assurance Supervisor
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Inspector Technician Production Supervisor
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Inspector Driver Foreman
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Inspector Forklift Operator Foreman
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Representative Quality Assurance Supervisor Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Representative Quality Assurance Supervisor Quality Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Representative Quality Engineer Quality Manager
Director Of Quality
14 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Team Leader Owner
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Team Leader Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Specialist Buyer
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Office Assistant Specialist Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Assistant Coordinator Production Supervisor
Quality Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Office Assistant Dispatcher Logistics Coordinator
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Machinist Mate Field Service Technician Project Engineer
Quality Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Machinist Mate Field Service Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Machinist Mate Maintenance Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Construction Inspector Senior Inspector
Inspecting Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Quality Technician Quality Senior Inspector
Quality Lead Inspector
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$58,000
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$29,000
Min 10%
$58,000
Median 50%
$58,000
Median 50%
$58,000
Median 50%
$58,000
Median 50%
$58,000
Median 50%
$58,000
Median 50%
$58,000
Median 50%
$117,000
Max 90%
Highest Paying State
Massachusetts
Avg Experience Level
3.7 years
How much does a Control Inspector make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Control Inspector in the United States is $58,446 per year or $28 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $29,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $117,000.

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Top Skills for A Control Inspector

  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Insurance Loss
  3. Radiological
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintain appropriate health and safety training and comply with applicable health and safety procedures.
  • Participated in a wide array of radioactive tank closure activities providing radiological coverage.
  • Addressed all on-site customer service issues with demonstrated ability to resolve critical delivery and scheduling issues.
  • Prepared industrial waste inspection reports for enforcement and public review.
  • Travel to local and remote commercial and residential properties to complete on-site inspections for insurance underwriting purposes.

Control Inspector Demographics

Gender

Male

62.8%

Female

25.3%

Unknown

11.9%
Ethnicity

White

58.4%

Hispanic or Latino

19.1%

Black or African American

12.3%

Asian

6.8%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

38.1%

Russian

14.3%

French

9.5%

Portuguese

4.8%

Indonesian

4.8%

Ukrainian

4.8%

Georgian

4.8%

Japanese

4.8%

Cheyenne

4.8%

Dutch

4.8%

Armenian

4.8%
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Control Inspector Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.7%

Henry Ford College

7.4%

Florida International University

7.4%

Kaplan University

5.9%

Arkansas Tech University

5.9%

University of South Carolina - Columbia

4.4%

Saint John's University - New York

4.4%

University of Findlay

4.4%

Passaic County Community College

4.4%

Keiser University

4.4%

University of Kansas

4.4%

Walden University

4.4%

University of Central Arkansas

4.4%

University of Georgia

4.4%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.4%

Eastern Michigan University

2.9%

Texas A&M University

2.9%

Bethune - Cookman University

2.9%

University of Illinois University Administration

2.9%

City University of Seattle

2.9%
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Majors

Business

25.9%

Criminal Justice

6.6%

Psychology

5.8%

Management

5.4%

General Studies

5.0%

Environmental Science

5.0%

Liberal Arts

4.6%

Biology

4.6%

Political Science

4.2%

Nursing

3.5%

Industrial Technology

3.1%

Computer Science

3.1%

Health Care Administration

3.1%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.1%

Insurance

3.1%

Medical Technician

3.1%

Electrical Engineering

2.7%

Project Management

2.7%

Civil Engineering

2.7%

Geology

2.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

31.0%

Other

30.6%

Associate

14.2%

Masters

12.3%

Certificate

7.1%

Diploma

2.7%

Doctorate

1.3%

License

0.8%
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