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Become An Inspector

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Working As An 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

  • $38,120

    Average Salary

What Does An Inspector Do

An Inspector is an official employed to ensure that official regulations are obeyed, especially in public services. Some job titles include tax inspector, safety inspector, health inspector, and police inspector.

How To Become An 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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Real Inspector Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Inspector 3 Arcadis, U.S., Inc. Highlands Ranch, CO Sep 03, 2012 $84,240
Fleet Inspector DFW Ground Link Transportation LLC Irving, TX May 25, 2016 $83,242
Civil/Catenary Inspector HAKS Engineers, P.C. Fairfield, CT Jun 18, 2012 $82,805 -
$87,000
Special Inspector Future Tech Consultants of Ny, Inc. Mineola, NY Apr 04, 2016 $75,132
Site Inspector PB Americas, Inc. New York, NY Jul 24, 2009 $74,968
Site Inspector PB Americas, Inc. New York, NY Jul 24, 2009 $74,965
Inspector Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA May 20, 2015 $74,255 -
$92,058
Sire Inspector Pacmarine Services LLC Houston, TX Apr 01, 2015 $71,594
Sire Inspector Pacmarine Services LLC Houston, TX Nov 20, 2015 $71,594
Qaqc Inspector J.T. Vaughn Construction, LLC Houston, TX Jun 05, 2016 $69,000
Bureau of Explosives Inspector Transportation Technology Center, Inc. Pueblo, CO Feb 23, 2015 $68,165 -
$109,065
Bureau of Explosives Inspector Transportation Technology Center, Inc. Pueblo, CO Sep 01, 2013 $68,165 -
$109,065
Inspector (Field Engineer: Construction Management Aecom Technical Services, Inc. New York, NY Oct 29, 2012 $68,065 -
$84,100
Special Inspector Municipal Testing Laboratory, Inc. Hauppauge, NY Apr 01, 2015 $65,000
Site Inspector IH Engineers, PC Princeton, NJ Dec 01, 2014 $63,570
Special Inspector AEIS LLC Rahway, NJ Sep 25, 2014 $62,610
Inspector IV Intertek USA, Inc. Harvey, LA Oct 31, 2016 $61,208 -
$62,438
Special Inspector Municipal Testing Laboratory, Inc. Hauppauge, NY Sep 05, 2015 $61,006
Inspector (Civil Engineering) PB Americas, Inc. New York, NY Sep 17, 2010 $57,200
Qaqc Inspector J.T. Vaughn Construction, LLC Houston, TX Sep 05, 2013 $57,000
Inspector (Civil Engineer) Aecom Technical Services, Inc. Baltimore, MD Oct 01, 2011 $56,555 -
$77,000
Masonary Inspector Cornerstone Architects New York, NY Nov 30, 2011 $55,681
Qaqc Inspector J.T. Vaughn Construction, LLC Houston, TX Sep 05, 2013 $55,000
Staff Inspector Midwest Organic Services Association, Inc. Viroqua, WI Mar 14, 2013 $50,839
Staff Inspector Midwest Organic Services Association, Inc. Viroqua, WI Feb 01, 2013 $50,839
Staff Inspector Midwest Organic Services Association, Inc. Viroqua, WI Mar 30, 2011 $43,827
Inspector Timber Products Inspection, Inc. Scurry, TX Oct 01, 2014 $38,000 -
$40,000

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Top Skills for An Inspector

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Top Inspector Skills

  1. Magnetic Particle
  2. Safety Standards
  3. Safety Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Perform Wet Magnetic Particle test on the entire pipeline section.
  • Inspected automotive vehicles to ensure compliance with governmental regulations and safety standards.
  • Trained Avionics Technicians on proper safety procedures.
  • Trained newly hired inspectors on the aspect of the inspection process at Community Residential Care Facilities.
  • Detailed oriented and capable of recommending and approving repairs as well as performing visual inspection of completed work.

Top Inspector Employers