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Working As A Production Specialist

  • 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

  • $46,269

    Average Salary

What Does A Production Specialist 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 Production Specialist

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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Production Specialist Career Paths

Production Specialist
Production Supervisor Operations Manager General Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Technician Operations Manager
Business Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Technician Engineering Technician Project Engineer
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Security Officer Account Manager
Director Of Sales
10 Yearsyrs
Assembler Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Manager Plant Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Account Executive
District Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Manager Operations Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Assembler Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Marketing Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Production Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Technician Production Supervisor
Production Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Production Technician Maintenance Technician
Production Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Specialist Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Technician Technician Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Account Executive Sales Manager
Regional Sales Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Specialist Account Manager Account Executive
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Specialist 2.5 years
Production Worker 2.2 years
Production Line 2.0 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 7.4%
Cashier 7.4%
Manager 4.1%
Technician 4.0%
Supervisor 3.8%
Specialist 3.8%
Operator 3.0%
Top Employers After
Technician 5.4%
Specialist 5.1%
Manager 4.1%
Supervisor 3.7%
Operator 3.5%
Cashier 3.4%

Production Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

59.8%

Female

38.3%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

79.1%

Hispanic or Latino

11.0%

Asian

7.7%

Unknown

1.7%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.3%

French

6.9%

German

4.4%

Russian

3.9%

Chinese

3.9%

Portuguese

3.4%

Mandarin

2.9%

Japanese

2.9%

Hindi

1.5%

Vietnamese

1.5%

Italian

1.5%

Hmong

1.5%

Khmer

1.0%

Cantonese

1.0%

Filipino

1.0%

Hebrew

1.0%

Urdu

1.0%

Polish

1.0%

Arabic

1.0%

Swedish

0.5%
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Production Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.0%

Big Bend Community College

6.0%

Strayer University

5.7%

Michigan State University

5.5%

University of Houston

4.7%

Full Sail University

4.7%

University of Maryland - University College

4.7%

American InterContinental University

4.7%

Arkansas State University

4.4%

Liberty University

4.4%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.2%

Austin Community College

3.9%

Temple University

3.6%

Community College of the Air Force

3.6%

Weber State University

3.6%

Arizona State University

3.6%

Grand Canyon University

3.6%

Clark College

3.4%

Florida State University

3.4%

Pennsylvania State University

3.4%
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Majors

Business

22.6%

Communication

9.2%

Graphic Design

8.6%

Photography

5.7%

Management

5.2%

Computer Science

4.7%

Electrical Engineering

4.1%

Marketing

3.8%

Criminal Justice

3.7%

General Studies

3.6%

Psychology

3.3%

Fine Arts

3.2%

Education

3.2%

English

2.9%

Accounting

2.9%

Information Technology

2.8%

Liberal Arts

2.8%

Computer Information Systems

2.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.5%

Health Care Administration

2.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.0%

Other

27.5%

Associate

15.1%

Masters

9.2%

Certificate

5.6%

Diploma

1.7%

Doctorate

0.5%

License

0.3%
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Real Production Specialist Salaries

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 Jan 06, 2014 $130,000
Swine Production Specialist Consultant EMP SERV, LLC Pipestone, MN Dec 10, 2014 $130,000
Production Specialist Symantec Corporation Mountain View, CA Jan 19, 2016 $95,181 -
$117,187
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 -
$99,144
Dairy Production Specialist Pfizer Inc. Bakersfield, CA Jan 01, 2013 $88,171 -
$122,400
Dairy Production Specialist Zoetis, Inc. Bakersfield, CA May 20, 2013 $88,171 -
$122,400
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
Industrial Production Specialist Southern Tube LLC Houston, TX Jun 24, 2016 $75,629
Industrial Production Specialist Southern Tube LLC Houston, TX Jun 24, 2016 $73,008
Production Specialist Kantar Retail America, Inc. Wilton, CT Aug 22, 2015 $71,268
Production Specialist Kantar Retail America, Inc. Wilton, CT Oct 26, 2015 $70,353
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 -
$72,450
Production Specialist (Business Analyst) Kantar Retail America, Inc. Wilton, CT Oct 26, 2012 $62,400
Production Specialist Driscoll Strawberry Associates, Inc. Watsonville, CA Sep 28, 2011 $62,000
Quality Production Specialist The Boeing Company Renton, WA Mar 26, 2014 $62,000 -
$106,000
Production Specialist Scott Enterprises, Inc. Darien, CT Nov 01, 2013 $61,984
Production Specialist (Pharmaceutical Production) Hovione LLC East Windsor, NJ Sep 23, 2015 $61,256
Industrial Production Specialist SMS Infocomm Cororation Grapevine, TX Sep 14, 2013 $59,918
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 -
$62,610
Production Specialist Vinci International Group Corp New York, NY Nov 15, 2015 $46,060
Production Specialist Vinci International Group Corp New York, NY Sep 15, 2013 $45,872

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Top Skills for A Production Specialist

SafetyProceduresAdobePhotoshopVideoWebCustomerServiceAudioProductionFloorProductionProcessProductionSchedulesDataEntryHtmlProductionEquipmentTroubleshootAdobeIllustratorSet-UpAssemblyLinePhoneCallsQualityStandardsAdditionalPowerpoint

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Top Production Specialist Skills

  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Adobe Photoshop
  3. Video
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Observe area and adhere to the safety procedures implemented by management to ensure safe and proper productivity.
  • Assisted art department in creation of textbook graphics using Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.
  • Designed and developed class materials for courses, textbooks, video assets, and multimedia presentations.
  • Performed maintenance and updates to new and existing web projects.
  • Interacted daily with clients and customer service representatives to resolve product, hardware, software, and service problems.

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