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Become A Mechanical Inspector

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Working As A Mechanical 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

  • $36,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Mechanical Inspector Do At Belcan

* Perform 1st piece and in-process inspection in assigned value stream.
* Identify defects in surface, dimensional, visual and non-conformities (material, documentation and workmanship) to blueprints and quality standards.
* Use a variety of conventional and advanced inspection devices, CMM tools and instruments to verify dimensions to drawing specifications.
* Perform all responsibilities within productivity and quality expectations.
* Follow work procedures.
* Maintain records, data and logs as necessary.
* Create inspection forms such as IMS, 1st article and other related forms.
* Prepare products and related paperwork for presentation to customer or source inspection.
* Maintain clean and safe work environment.
* Follow safety and environmental procedures and regulations.
* Report safety incidents to supervisor.
* Make recommendations for improvements to work processes and procedures.
* Contribute to 5S programs in work area

What Does A Mechanical Inspector Do At Cobham

* Inspects complex mechanical housings, assemblies, covers, connectors, hardware, raw materials, etc. by using visual, electrical and dimensional drawings in addition to purchase orders
* Inspects product for workmanship, under10X min magnification; inspects finished products for compliance to customer outline drawing; inspects test data records for compliance to ATP requirements; tests plating and metal content using XRF X
* Ray machine; performs simple tot complex Dimensional First Article Inspections
* Verifies shop travelers and supplier documentation for accuracy & completeness in accordance to the applicable drawing, MIL specifications and/or purchase order requirements
* Operate manual Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) and run inspection programs on Computerized Numerical Control/Coordinate Measuring Machine (CNC/CMM); writes and/or edits simple to complex CNC/CMM inspection programs.
* Performs complex inspections using CMM or open surface plate setup; runs and operates Fischerscope XRF system for plating content and thickness requirements; performs complex F/A inspection requirements
* Maintain workstation, equipment and tools used for assigned functions and duties.
* Participate in safety training and actively comply with safety policies and practices
* Improve and maintain 5S in your area, make suggestions for improvements
* Participate in Lean/Six Sigma activities in own work area as well as events for other areas to enhance cross-functional problem solving
* Collaborate in team meetings and activities, including SET team support as appropriate
* Perform other related duties as assigned.
* Employees are committed to ensuring a safe and healthy work environment.
* Employees are responsible for cooperating with all aspects of the safety program.
* All employees are expected to demonstrate proper safety behaviors, including reporting any unsafe conditions or safety violations to a supervisor or manager.
* Employees are dedicated to obtaining and maintaining the Cobham goal of zero accidents and injuries

What Does A Mechanical Inspector Do At Army National Guard Units (Title 32/Title 5)

* Inspects a large variety of heavy-duty mobile equipment (i.e., combat, tactical, etc.) and automotive vehicles (i.e., attack tanks, large cranes, tank retrievers, fire trucks, bridge transporters, armored vehicle launched bridges, bulldozers, road graders, crawler tractors, power shovels, self propelled earth compacting equipment, self propelled artillery, etc.).
* May also inspect heavy artillery, small arms, powered support and other equipment or components of equal or lesser complexity.
* May assist higher-graded inspectors to perform inspections on equipment repairs.
* Inspects complex, interrelated mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, electronic and electrical systems, equipment and their components while in operation or in a standby condition.
* Inspects and performs tests to braking, steering, and differential systems, which are mechanically integrated with the transmission; to large engines, which directly power multiple hydraulic and pneumatic systems; to intricate fuel injection systems; to turret stabilization systems; and to other systems combined in a single, complex mechanical assembly.
* Uses specially designed testing methods and test equipment such as computerized test sets, precision gauges, electronic sensors, injector test stands, engine scopes, etc., to assure that tolerance and safety factors have been met.
* Inspects equipment to determine repairs needed.
* Utilizes established Maintenance Expenditure Limits (MEL) to evaluate economic feasibility of repair(s).
* Considers a variety of factors such as cost and availability of parts, man-hours, and impact of time constraints on the mission to assess whether repair is economical.
* Recommends to a higher echelon to condemn equipment when the repair costs exceed the established MEL.
* Prepares lists of needed repairs, parts, and man-hours authorized.
* Performs in-process inspections to assure that equipment is being repaired in accordance with pertinent requirements.
* Performs final inspection, certifying that equipment is in satisfactory operating condition, or rejects the work and returns the equipment to the repair shop with specific reports prescribing additional repairs.
* Serves as inspector on Command Maintenance Evaluation Teams (COMET) and/or as a member of Maintenance Assistance and Instruction Teams (MAIT).
* Performs other duties as assigned.
* Travel Required
* Not required
* Supervisory status
* No
* Promotion Potential
* Who May Apply
* This job is open to…
* United States Citizens
* Questions? This job is open to 1 group.
* Job family (Series)
* Miscellaneous Transportation/Mobile Equipment Maintenance
* Requirements
* Help
* Requirements
* Conditions of Employment
* National Guard Membership is required.
* Males born after 31 December 1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
* Federal employment suitability as determined by a background investigation.
* May be required to successfully complete a probationary period

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How To Become A Mechanical 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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Mechanical Inspector Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Arabic

  • Italian

  • Portuguese

  • Carrier

  • Russian

  • Polish

  • Korean

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Real Mechanical Inspector Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Mechanical Inspector Twin Peaks Inc. Islandia, NY Sep 22, 2013 $51,632
Mechanical Inspector Twin Peaks Inc. Islandia, NY Feb 01, 2010 $50,672
Mechanical Inspector Twin Peaks Inc. Islandia, NY Sep 21, 2010 $50,672
Mechanical Inspector Twin Peaks Inc. Islandia, NY Nov 01, 2009 $50,502
Aircraft Opreational Test Mechanic/Inspector Alpha Aircraft Systems, Inc. Miami, FL Oct 28, 2011 $40,000
Mechanical Inspectors Xlogic Sports Inc. Fort Worth, TX Jun 18, 2008 $36,837

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Top Skills for A Mechanical Inspector


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Top Mechanical Inspector Skills

  1. Inspect Parts
  2. CMM
  3. Final Inspection
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Used measuring instruments to inspect parts.
  • Inspect precision machined parts using hand tools, manual cmm, Create First Article dimension reports using Excel.
  • Diagnosed faults, obtained necessary repair parts and ensured parts were properly installed bringing equipment to 10/20 status before final inspection.
  • Lead man, prepare and conduct daily safety briefing for all employees on the shift.
  • Trained new employees in quality and inspection procedures in numerous production areas.

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