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Working As A Senior 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 Senior 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 Senior 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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Senior Inspector Career Paths

Senior Inspector
Project Manager Program Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Construction Manager Self-Employed Maintenance Technician
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager Senior Manager Internal Auditor
Compliance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Manager Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Senior Software Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Chief Inspector Quality Manager Plant Manager
Facilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Quality Manager Operations Manager Property Manager
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Operations Manager Safety Manager
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Engineer Quality Assurance Supervisor
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Project Superintendent Inspector
Lead Inspector
6 Yearsyrs
Construction Manager Quality Control Manager Production Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Manager General Manager Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Inspector Quality Control Manager Production Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Chief Inspector Construction Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Lead Technician Field Engineer
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Inspector Chief Inspector Construction Manager
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Manager Quality Assurance Manager Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Manager General Manager Owner/Operator
Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Home Health Aid Warehouse Associate
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Inspector 4.0 years
Bridge Inspector 3.6 years
Chief Inspector 3.4 years
Lead Inspector 3.3 years
Plant Inspector 3.3 years
Weld Inspector 2.8 years
Project Inspector 2.8 years
Inspector 2.5 years
Top Employers Before
Inspector 27.5%
Technician 3.6%
Supervisor 2.9%
Top Employers After
Inspector 17.7%
Owner 2.6%

Senior Inspector Demographics

Gender

Male

86.2%

Female

12.3%

Unknown

1.5%
Ethnicity

White

77.5%

Hispanic or Latino

11.8%

Asian

7.5%

Unknown

2.4%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.1%

Russian

9.4%

Dakota

6.3%

Dutch

3.1%

Chinese

3.1%

Ukrainian

3.1%

Cherokee

3.1%

Japanese

3.1%

Occidental

3.1%

Carrier

3.1%

Cheyenne

3.1%

Cantonese

3.1%

Arabic

3.1%
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Senior Inspector Education

Schools

Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology

10.2%

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

9.4%

The Ocean Corporation

7.9%

Community College of the Air Force

6.3%

The Academy

5.5%

University of Alabama

4.7%

Lamar University

4.7%

South Louisiana Community College

4.7%

San Jacinto College District

4.7%

Troy University

3.9%

Delgado Community College

3.9%

Salt Lake Community College

3.9%

Texas A&M University

3.9%

West Virginia University

3.9%

University of Florida

3.9%

University of Phoenix

3.9%

Louisiana Tech University

3.9%

Central Connecticut State University

3.9%

Del Mar College

3.1%

University of Southern California

3.1%
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Majors

Business

16.4%

Civil Engineering

12.9%

Educational Assessment, Evaluation, And Research

5.7%

Electrical Engineering

5.1%

Property Management

5.1%

Precision Metal Working

4.8%

Management

4.6%

Mechanical Engineering

4.6%

General Studies

4.0%

Criminal Justice

4.0%

Construction Management

4.0%

Industrial Technology

3.8%

Engineering

3.8%

Education

3.6%

Accounting

3.6%

Automotive Technology

3.4%

Aviation

2.8%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.6%

Environmental Science

2.4%

Project Management

2.4%
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Degrees

Other

37.4%

Bachelors

25.1%

Associate

16.2%

Masters

9.3%

Certificate

8.2%

Diploma

2.5%

Doctorate

0.8%

License

0.4%
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Real Senior Inspector Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Inspector Seatechnology USA Incorporated San Diego, CA Jan 15, 2015 $145,434 -
$181,008
Officer Engineer/Senior Inspector Milone & MacBroom, Inc. Brookfield, CT Mar 18, 2015 $79,306
Senior (Engineering) Inspector Greenman Pedersen, Inc. Babylon, NY Oct 01, 2014 $73,671
Senior Inspector Camin Cargo Control NJ Jun 11, 2013 $70,000
Senior Inspector/Loss Control Specialist Certispec Services USA, Inc. Texas City, TX Oct 01, 2011 $66,706
Senior Inspector SGS North America, Inc. Carson, CA Sep 22, 2015 $50,693
Senior Inspector SGS North America, Inc. Carson, CA Sep 01, 2014 $44,850
Senior Inspector SGS North America, Inc. NJ Jun 04, 2013 $42,888 -
$52,175
Senior Inspector SGS North America, Inc. Carson, CA Sep 15, 2013 $39,653 -
$52,175

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Top Skills for A Senior Inspector

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Top Senior Inspector Skills

  1. Safety Program
  2. Inspection Procedures
  3. Level II
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conducted pipeline safety program reviews and provided engineering analyses and evaluations for potential pipeline safety regulatory deficiencies.
  • Create and revise inspection procedures and methods to insure accurate testing.
  • Managed and Trained Level I Inspectors until they were ready for Level II testing with 100% successful passed testing rate.
  • Team lead for inspection crew Coordinate all NDT activities with rig site managers.
  • Applied quality assurance techniques to visual and liquid penetrant inspection and interpretation of aluminum castings.

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