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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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Black or African American0.6%
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University of Phoenix19.0%
Big Bend Community College6.0%
Michigan State University5.5%
University of Houston4.7%
Full Sail University4.7%
University of Maryland - University College4.7%
American InterContinental University4.7%
Arkansas State University4.4%
Rochester Institute of Technology4.2%
Austin Community College3.9%
Community College of the Air Force3.6%
Weber State University3.6%
Arizona State University3.6%
Grand Canyon University3.6%
Florida State University3.4%
Pennsylvania State University3.4%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Knitwear Production Specialist||Elie Tahari Ltd||New York, NY||Sep 27, 2012||$141,045|
|Swine Production Specialist Consultant||EMP SERV, LLC||Pipestone, MN||Dec 10, 2014||$130,000|
|Swine Production Specialist Consultant||EMP SERV, LLC||Pipestone, MN||Jan 06, 2014||$130,000|
|Marketing Manager and Film Production Specialist||Mofilm USA Inc.||Culver City, CA||Aug 24, 2015||$105,000|
|Lead Technical Production Specialist||Active Health Management||New York, NY||Sep 15, 2014||$103,590|
|Lead Technical Production Specialist||Active Health Management||New York, NY||Feb 14, 2015||$103,590|
|Lead Technical Production Specialist||Active Health Management||New York, NY||Feb 13, 2012||$100,000|
|Production Specialist||Symantec Corporation||Mountain View, CA||Jan 19, 2016||$95,181 -
|Production Specialist I||P.A. USA, Inc.||Houston, TX||Mar 30, 2015||$93,500|
|Production Specialist||Ironshore Insurance Services LLC||San Francisco, CA||Aug 08, 2016||$89,731 -
|Dairy Production Specialist||Pfizer Inc.||Bakersfield, CA||Jan 01, 2013||$88,171 -
|Dairy Production Specialist||Zoetis, Inc.||Bakersfield, CA||May 20, 2013||$88,171 -
|Production Specialist||IBMI India Private Limited||New York, NY||Apr 25, 2012||$84,690|
|Production Specialist Staff||Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation||Midland, TX||Sep 09, 2012||$75,712|
|Production Specialist||Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation||Midland, TX||Mar 21, 2011||$64,700|
|Lean Production Specialist||Trumpf Photonics, Inc.||Cranbury, NJ||Jul 08, 2016||$64,064 -
|Production Specialist (Pharmaceutical Production)||Hovione LLC||East Windsor, NJ||Sep 06, 2016||$64,000|
|Production Specialist||Mystic Inc.||New York, NY||Jun 18, 2015||$63,170|
|Production Specialist||Ironshore Insurance Services LLC||Boston, MA||Jan 07, 2016||$62,941 -
|Production Specialist (Business Analyst)||Kantar Retail America, Inc.||Wilton, CT||Oct 26, 2012||$62,400|
|Quality Production Specialist||The Boeing Company||Renton, WA||Mar 26, 2014||$62,000 -
|Production Specialist||Driscoll Strawberry Associates, Inc.||Watsonville, CA||Sep 28, 2011||$62,000|
|Production Specialist||Ironshore Insurance Services LLC||Boston, MA||Jul 01, 2013||$49,899 -
|Production Specialist||Ironshore Insurance Services LLC||Boston, MA||Sep 11, 2013||$49,899 -
|Interaction Design Production Specialist, Bi-Lingu||Eliza Corporation||Danvers, MA||Sep 25, 2014||$49,225|
|Global Production Specialist||LF USA, Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 24, 2011||$48,818|
|Global Production Specialist||LF USA, Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 18, 2011||$48,818|
|Multiwire and Bunching Production Specialist||Sark Wire Corporation||Albany, NY||Dec 08, 2014||$48,110|
|Meat Production Specialist||GUL Import & Export Inc.||Cliffside Park, NJ||Nov 21, 2016||$47,528|
|Production Specialist||Estex Dynamite Decorators, Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2013||$46,144 -
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