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Become A Quality Control Technician

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Working As A Quality Control Technician

  • 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 A Quality Control Technician Do

A Quality Control Technician is responsible for maintaining quality assurance processes. They work in manufacturing companies as members of a quality management team.

How To Become A Quality Control Technician

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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Real Quality Control Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Associate Director, QC Technical Support Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories, Ltd. Cranbury, NJ Nov 01, 2013 $130,000
Quality Control Technician III Progenitor Cell Therapy, LLC Mountain View, CA Sep 09, 2014 $72,000
Quality Control Technician II Evonik Corporation Garyville, LA Apr 06, 2015 $65,021
Industrial Engineering & Quality Control Technician Sejong Georgia, LLC. LaGrange, GA Jul 16, 2015 $59,500
Quality Control Technician IV Nazdar Company Shawnee, KS Jul 25, 2016 $58,448 -
$63,448
Quality Control Technician IV Nazdar Company Shawnee, KS Sep 23, 2015 $57,491 -
$62,587
Quality Control Technician Saehaesung Alabama, Inc. AL Apr 27, 2015 $55,037
Quality Control Technician Pacific Trellis Fruit LLC Nogales, AZ Jan 07, 2016 $55,000
Quality Control Technician, Surgical Intruments Phoenix Instruments Inc. Naperville, IL Sep 24, 2015 $55,000
Quality Control Technician Pacific Trellis Fruit LLC Nogales, AZ Jan 15, 2015 $55,000
Quality Control Technician GFF, Inc. Industry, CA May 30, 2011 $53,350
Quality Control Technician GFF, Inc. Industry, CA Sep 01, 2011 $53,350
Laboratory Quality Control Technician Shah Associates, Md, Pa MD Apr 22, 2011 $53,082
Food Imports Quality Control Technician Strategic Opportunities LLC Hempstead, NY May 09, 2016 $47,000
Quality Control Technician Twentyfirst Century Biochemicals Incorporated Marlborough, MA Dec 31, 2009 $46,000
Quality Control Technician Twentyfirst Century Biochemicals Marlborough, MA Dec 18, 2009 $46,000
Quality Control Technician Twentyfirst Century Biochemicals Incorporated Marlborough, MA Dec 15, 2009 $46,000
Quality Control Technician II Kalsec, Inc. Kalamazoo, MI Nov 01, 2013 $45,843
Quality Control Technician Brooklyn Imports, Inc. Carlstadt, NJ Jun 15, 2016 $45,802
Quality Control Technician Evonik Stockhausen LLC Garyville, LA Dec 01, 2011 $45,497
Quality Control Technician Evonik Stockhausen LLC Garyville, LA Sep 15, 2012 $45,497
QC Tech 1 Progenitor Cell Therapy, LLC Mountain View, CA Sep 01, 2013 $41,600
Quality Control Technician Pestka Biomedial Laboratories, Inc. Piscataway, NJ Aug 31, 2016 $41,200
Quality Control Technician Dulcinea Farms LLC Ladera Ranch, CA Jan 01, 2011 $40,622
Quality Control Technician Dulcinea Farms LLC Ladera Ranch, CA Jan 16, 2011 $40,622
Quality Control Technician Berkeley Advanced Biomaterials, Inc. Berkeley, CA Sep 18, 2015 $40,100 -
$55,000
Quality Control Technician Grier Abrasive, Co., Inc. South Holland, IL Mar 24, 2009 $40,000 -
$45,000
Quality Control Technician III Ferro Corporation Cleveland, OH Oct 01, 2011 $40,000 -
$50,000
Quality Control Technician Packaging Sales Group, Inc. Miami, FL Nov 29, 2007 $39,027

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Top Skills for A Quality Control Technician

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Top Quality Control Technician Skills

  1. Quality Product
  2. Lab Equipment
  3. Test Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Exceeded customer product expectations by maintaining equipment to produce superior quality products.
  • Instructed production employees on how to test and operate lab equipment.
  • Supported, managed and documented engineering test procedures for customized product builds.
  • Monitored quality and accuracy of products through personal integrity to meet various client and food safety specifications.
  • Oversee the program for sampling, including: microbial, chemical, and contaminants testing of raw materials entering the facility.

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