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Working As A Petroleum 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

  • $67,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Petroleum 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 Petroleum 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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Average Yearly Salary
$67,000
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$32,000
Min 10%
$67,000
Median 50%
$67,000
Median 50%
$67,000
Median 50%
$67,000
Median 50%
$67,000
Median 50%
$67,000
Median 50%
$67,000
Median 50%
$141,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
AmSpec Services
Highest Paying City
Glen Burnie, MD
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does a Petroleum Inspector make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Petroleum Inspector in the United States is $67,800 per year or $33 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $32,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $141,000.

Real Petroleum Inspector Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Petroleum Inspector Amspec LLC Linden, NJ Aug 05, 2015 $99,362
Petroleum Inspector Amspec, LLC Sulphur, LA Sep 18, 2016 $79,306
Petroleum Inspector Amspec, LLC Destrehan, LA Sep 16, 2016 $75,000
Petroleum Inspector Amspec, LLC Destrehan, LA Sep 17, 2016 $75,000
Petroleum Inspector Amspec, LLC Destrehan, LA Jan 11, 2016 $75,000
Petroleum Inspector Amspec, LLC Destrehan, LA Sep 20, 2016 $75,000
Petroleum Inspector Amspec Services Inc. Linden, NJ Sep 12, 2013 $75,000
Petroleum Inspector Amspec, LLC Glen Burnie, MD Sep 23, 2015 $64,272
Petroleum Inspector Amspec, LLC. Saint Rose, LA Aug 10, 2014 $55,000
Petroleum Inspector Amspec, LLC. Saint Rose, LA Sep 20, 2014 $55,000
Petroleum Inspector Amspec Services Inc. Saint Rose, LA Sep 17, 2013 $55,000
Petroleum Inspector Amspec Services Inc. Saint Rose, LA Sep 20, 2013 $55,000
Petroleum Inspector Intertek USA Inc. Savannah, GA Feb 03, 2012 $53,650
Petroleum Inspector Intertek USA Inc. Savannah, GA Feb 07, 2012 $53,650
Petroleum Inspector Amspec Services Inc. Sulphur, LA Sep 18, 2013 $53,000
Marine Petroleum Inspector SGS GUAM, Inc. Nov 19, 2015 $52,853
Petroleum Inspector Caleb Brett USA, Inc. Gretna, LA Oct 28, 2011 $50,985

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Top Skills for A Petroleum Inspector

  1. Shore Tanks
  2. Barges
  3. Vessel Personnel
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Sampled, measured, and took temperatures of Shore tanks and vessel tanks utilizing API procedures and complied with M.S.D.S.
  • Performed quantity determination inspections of ships, barges and pipeline transfers of petroleum, petrochemical and chemical products.
  • Worked constructively with clients, representatives, US Customs, vessel personnel and shore facility personnel to ensure accurate results.
  • Followed all API standards and procedures for gauging and sampling petroleum based fuels.
  • Sampled petroleum/petrochemical products for API lab analysis.

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Top 10 Best States for Petroleum Inspectors

  1. North Dakota
  2. Kansas
  3. Wyoming
  4. Minnesota
  5. Iowa
  6. West Virginia
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Alaska
  9. Nebraska
  10. Montana
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Petroleum Inspector Demographics

Gender

Male

85.2%

Unknown

9.1%

Female

5.7%
Ethnicity

White

51.7%

Hispanic or Latino

25.0%

Black or African American

14.3%

Asian

6.5%

Unknown

2.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

38.5%

French

15.4%

Igbo

7.7%

Greek

7.7%

Tagalog

7.7%

Mandarin

7.7%

Arabic

7.7%

Hausa

7.7%
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Petroleum Inspector Education

Schools

Delgado Community College

11.1%

Lamar Institute of Technology

7.9%

Del Mar College

6.3%

Lamar University

6.3%

University of Phoenix

6.3%

College of the Mainland

6.3%

University of Texas at Austin

6.3%

Park University

4.8%

Houston Community College

4.8%

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

4.8%

ITI Technical College

4.8%

McNeese State University

4.8%

San Jacinto College District

3.2%

South Central Louisiana Technical College

3.2%

Prairie View A & M University

3.2%

Brazosport College

3.2%

Brookdale Community College

3.2%

ITT Technical Institute-Webster

3.2%

Middlesex County College

3.2%

Lindsey Wilson College

3.2%
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Majors

Business

20.6%

General Studies

7.8%

Management

6.9%

Criminal Justice

5.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.9%

Petroleum Engineering

4.9%

Communication

4.9%

Electrical Engineering

4.9%

Mechanical Engineering

3.9%

Industrial Technology

3.9%

Occupational Safety And Health

3.9%

Chemistry

3.9%

Political Science

2.9%

Mathematics

2.9%

Fire Science And Protection

2.9%

Marketing

2.9%

Automotive Technology

2.9%

Real Estate

2.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.9%

Information Technology

2.9%
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Degrees

Other

36.1%

Bachelors

30.1%

Associate

18.0%

Certificate

6.0%

Masters

5.5%

Diploma

2.7%

License

1.6%
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