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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

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 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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Inspector Career Paths

Inspector
Security Officer Operations Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Assembly Line Worker Home Health Aid Front Desk Agent
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Production Worker Security Officer Account Manager
Business Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operator Technician Engineer
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Operator Foreman
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Packer Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Operation Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Technician Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Inspector Quality Control Manager Quality Assurance Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operator Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Inspector Quality Engineer Quality Assurance Manager
Production Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Production Worker Forklift Operator Maintenance Technician
Production Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Inspector Quality Assurance
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Operator Quality Control Inspector
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Quality Inspector Quality Technician Quality Engineer
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Security Officer Account Manager
Regional Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Driver Delivery Driver Operations Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Press Operator Shipping Clerk Shipping Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Packer Material Handler Forklift Operator
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Tooth Inspector 21.4 years
Timber Inspector 9.6 years
Carton Inspector 9.5 years
Paper Inspector 9.2 years
Weaving Inspector 7.5 years
Gear Inspector 7.1 years
Lumber Inspector 6.4 years
Track Inspector 6.3 years
Gauge Inspector 6.3 years
Wreath Inspector 6.1 years
Shuttle Inspector 5.9 years
Layout Inspector 5.9 years
Missile Inspector 5.9 years
Film Inspector 5.9 years
Beaming Inspector 5.3 years
Mine Inspector 5.3 years
Roving Inspector 5.3 years
Radon Inspector 5.0 years
Plumbing Inspector 5.0 years
Elevator Inspector 4.8 years
Proof Inspector 4.7 years
Tool Inspector 4.7 years
Crowning Inspector 4.7 years
Loan Inspector 4.6 years
Title Inspector 4.4 years
Customs Inspector 4.4 years
Watch Inspector 4.3 years
Building Inspector 4.3 years
Signal Inspector 4.2 years
Sanitary Inspector 4.1 years
Cargo Inspector 4.1 years
Fire Inspector 4.1 years
Senior Inspector 4.1 years
Security Inspector 4.0 years
Boilers Inspector 4.0 years
Towel Inspector 4.0 years
Train Inspector 4.0 years
Floor Inspector 3.9 years
Incoming Inspector 3.9 years
Cloth Inspector 3.9 years
Tire Inspector 3.8 years
Health Inspector 3.8 years
Route Inspector 3.8 years
Fabric Inspector 3.8 years
Code Inspector 3.8 years
Food Inspector 3.8 years
Scales Inspector 3.7 years
Bus Inspector 3.6 years
Bridge Inspector 3.6 years
Aircraft Inspector 3.6 years
Winding Inspector 3.6 years
Die Inspector 3.6 years
Salvage Inspector 3.5 years
Auto Inspector 3.5 years
License Inspector 3.4 years
Street Inspector 3.4 years
Plate Inspector 3.4 years
Steel Inspector 3.4 years
Traffic Inspector 3.4 years
Inspector General 3.3 years
Plant Inspector 3.3 years
Tank Car Inspector 3.3 years
Roll Inspector 3.3 years
Lead Inspector 3.3 years
Engine Inspector 3.2 years
Carpet Inspector 3.2 years
Set Up Inspector 3.2 years
Final Inspector 3.2 years
Button Inspector 3.2 years
Service Inspector 3.2 years
Tunnel Inspector 3.2 years
Patrol Inspector 3.2 years
Assembly Inspector 3.2 years
Process Inspector 3.1 years
Control Inspector 3.1 years
Meat Inspector 3.1 years
Machine Inspector 3.1 years
Naval Inspector 3.0 years
Weight Inspector 3.0 years
Home Inspector 3.0 years
Housing Inspector 3.0 years
Inspector-Repairer 3.0 years
Tank Inspector 3.0 years
X-Ray Inspector 3.0 years
Shipping Inspector 3.0 years
Brand Inspector 3.0 years
Wire Inspector 2.9 years
Print Inspector 2.9 years
Brakes Inspector 2.9 years
Belting Inspector 2.9 years
Weld Inspector 2.8 years
Safety Inspector 2.8 years
Lens Inspector 2.8 years
Project Inspector 2.8 years
Drug Inspector 2.8 years
Yard Inspector 2.8 years
Resident Inspector 2.7 years
Mold Inspector 2.7 years
Cutter Inspector 2.7 years
Gas Inspector 2.6 years
Line Inspector 2.6 years
Freight Inspector 2.6 years
Railroad Inspector 2.6 years
Cell Inspector 2.6 years
Wood Inspector 2.5 years
Wheat Inspector 2.5 years
Cable Inspector 2.5 years
Field Inspector 2.5 years
Grain Inspector 2.5 years
Property Inspector 2.5 years
Quality Inspector 2.5 years
Wheel Inspector 2.4 years
Car Inspector 2.4 years
Chemical Inspector 2.3 years
Vehicle Inspector 2.3 years
Coating Inspector 2.3 years
Eggs Inspector 2.2 years
Meter Inspector 2.2 years
Loading Inspector 2.2 years
Diesel Inspector 2.2 years
Water Inspector 2.1 years
Cotton Inspector 2.1 years
Room Inspector 2.0 years
Inspector 2.0 years
Oil Inspector 2.0 years
Coil Inspector 1.9 years
Thread Inspector 1.9 years
Switch Inspector 1.9 years
Glass Inspector 1.9 years
Harness Inspector 1.8 years
Car Body Inspector 1.8 years
Sidewalk Inspector 1.8 years
Concrete Inspector 1.8 years
Lamp Inspector 1.8 years
Garment Inspector 1.7 years
Utility Inspector 1.7 years
Tube Inspector 1.7 years
Jewelry Inspector 1.7 years
Casing Inspector 1.7 years
Inspector Packer 1.7 years
Core Inspector 1.7 years
Pipe Inspector 1.6 years
Netting Inspector 1.5 years
Leak Inspector 1.5 years
Parts Inspector 1.5 years
Fruit Inspector 1.5 years
Pole Inspector 1.5 years
Clutch Inspector 1.5 years
Box Inspector 1.4 years
Battery Inspector 1.3 years
Jig Inspector 1.3 years
Hardness Inspector 1.3 years
Drilling Inspector 1.3 years
Baggage Inspector 1.3 years
Treating Inspector 1.2 years
Airplane Inspector 1.2 years
Coin Box Inspector 1.1 years
Potato Inspector 1.1 years
Timing Inspector 1.1 years
Type Inspector 1.0 years
Firearms Inspector 1.0 years
Disc Inspector 0.9 years
Bottle Inspector 0.9 years
Jet Inspector 0.9 years
Shells Inspector 0.8 years
Bobbin Inspector 0.8 years
Apple Inspector 0.8 years
Rug Inspector 0.7 years
Varnish Inspector 0.6 years
Smoke Inspector 0.4 years
Stencil Inspector 0.4 years
Barrel Inspector 0.2 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 14.4%
Technician 5.0%
Supervisor 5.0%
Manager 4.8%
Assembler 3.6%
Welder 3.4%
Operator 3.4%
Cook 3.0%
Owner 2.9%
Top Employers After
Cashier 8.9%
Supervisor 4.7%
Technician 4.6%
Operator 4.1%
Assembler 4.0%
Manager 4.0%
Driver 3.3%
Owner 3.3%

Inspector Demographics

Gender

Male

58.6%

Female

39.5%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

79.2%

Hispanic or Latino

11.8%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

1.8%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

65.3%

French

7.2%

Arabic

3.7%

German

3.5%

Portuguese

2.4%

Chinese

2.2%

Russian

2.1%

Mandarin

1.9%

Carrier

1.7%

Italian

1.6%

Korean

1.3%

Cantonese

1.1%

Dakota

1.0%

Polish

1.0%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Hmong

0.8%

Japanese

0.8%

Thai

0.6%

Tagalog

0.6%

Bosnian

0.5%
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Inspector Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

22.2%

Kaplan University

5.7%

Ashford University

5.4%

Liberty University

4.7%

Greenville Technical College

4.7%

Grand Rapids Community College

4.6%

Community College of the Air Force

4.6%

Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology

4.3%

The Academy

4.3%

Henry Ford College

4.1%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

4.1%

Strayer University

3.9%

Houston Community College

3.8%

Texas A&M University

3.7%

Troy University

3.5%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.4%

Purdue University

3.3%

Vincennes University

3.2%

Lamar University

3.2%

Piedmont Technical College

3.2%
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Majors

Business

26.9%

Criminal Justice

8.9%

General Studies

6.9%

Health Care Administration

5.3%

Accounting

4.5%

Civil Engineering

4.0%

Computer Science

3.9%

Nursing

3.7%

Electrical Engineering

3.7%

Education

3.7%

Management

3.7%

Medical Assisting Services

3.5%

Automotive Technology

3.5%

Psychology

3.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.9%

Precision Metal Working

2.5%

Biology

2.5%

Mechanical Engineering

2.3%

Communication

2.3%

Industrial Technology

2.2%
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Degrees

Other

39.4%

Bachelors

25.1%

Associate

16.7%

Certificate

7.8%

Masters

6.5%

Diploma

3.2%

License

0.7%

Doctorate

0.6%
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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 Nov 20, 2015 $71,594
Sire Inspector Pacmarine Services LLC Houston, TX Apr 01, 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 Sep 01, 2013 $68,165 -
$109,065
Bureau of Explosives Inspector Transportation Technology Center, Inc. Pueblo, CO Feb 23, 2015 $68,165 -
$109,065
Inspector (Field Engineer: Construction Management Aecom Technical Services, Inc. New York, NY Oct 29, 2012 $68,065 -
$84,100
Inspector UTS of Massachusetts Inc. Stoneham, MA Jan 24, 2016 $65,156
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
Special Inspector Municipal Testing Laboratory, Inc. Hauppauge, NY Oct 01, 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

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Top Skills for An Inspector

MagneticParticleSafetyStandardsSafetyProceduresInspectionProcessVisualInspectionFinalInspectionAPICustomerServiceNDTLiquidPenetrantPTDrillPipeUltrasonicCarPartsAssemblyLineInspectionReportsDataEntryInspectPartsCMMPackage

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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