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Working As a Technical 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

  • $30,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Technical 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 Technical 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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Technical Inspector Career Paths

Technical Inspector
Technician Team Leader Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Manager
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Foreman Superintendent
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Aircraft Mechanic Lead Mechanic Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Aircraft Mechanic Lead Mechanic Maintenance Manager
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Aircraft Mechanic Lead Mechanic Owner
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Inspector Driver Foreman
Construction Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Inspector Quality Inspector Quality Engineer
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Inspector Foreman Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Inspector Quality Technician Quality Engineer
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Inspector Laboratory Technician Research Associate
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Inspector Quality Engineer Quality Manager
Director Of Quality
14 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Inspector Quality Assurance Technician Production Supervisor
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Inspector Quality Assurance Specialist Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Assurance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Inspector Quality Technician Production Supervisor
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Sergeant Team Leader Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Sergeant Field Service Technician Project Engineer
Quality Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Sergeant Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Senior Technologist Senior Inspector
Lead Inspector
6 Yearsyrs
Shop Foreman Senior Technologist Senior Inspector
Inspecting Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$30,000
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$12,000
Min 10%
$30,000
Median 50%
$30,000
Median 50%
$30,000
Median 50%
$30,000
Median 50%
$30,000
Median 50%
$30,000
Median 50%
$30,000
Median 50%
$73,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
BNP Paribas
Highest Paying City
Baltimore, MD
Highest Paying State
Maryland
Avg Experience Level
3.3 years
How much does a Technical Inspector make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Technical Inspector in the United States is $30,700 per year or $15 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $12,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $73,000.

Top Skills for A Technical Inspector

  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Maintenance Procedures
  3. Aircraft Parts
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conduct in-process inspections as required ensuring all safety procedures are strictly adhered to and all maintenance practices are executed correctly.
  • Served also as the company publications NCO, responsible for maintaining updated maintenance publications vital to aircraft safety and maintenance procedures.
  • Handle the responsibility of inspecting the aircraft parts and equipment and ensuring that they adhere to the safety regulations and procedures.
  • Completed initial inspections determined repairs required, and conducted final inspections to assure quality control.
  • Research, read and interpreted drawings, technical manuals and Assist maintenance personnel in interpretation and implementation of modification/maintenance instructions.

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Top 10 Best States for Technical Inspectors

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  2. New Hampshire
  3. Pennsylvania
  4. Maryland
  5. Vermont
  6. New York
  7. Rhode Island
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Technical Inspector Demographics

Gender

Male

75.2%

Female

14.5%

Unknown

10.3%
Ethnicity

White

61.2%

Hispanic or Latino

15.9%

Black or African American

12.1%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

52.5%

Carrier

6.8%

French

5.1%

German

3.4%

Japanese

3.4%

Persian

3.4%

Hindi

3.4%

Portuguese

1.7%

Khmer

1.7%

Chinese

1.7%

Mandarin

1.7%

Turkish

1.7%

Indonesian

1.7%

Gujarati

1.7%

Dari

1.7%

Dutch

1.7%

Urdu

1.7%

Polish

1.7%

Arabic

1.7%

Russian

1.7%
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Technical Inspector Education

Schools

Central Texas College

16.5%

University of Phoenix

11.2%

North Central Institute

8.7%

Community College of the Air Force

7.1%

The Academy

7.1%

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

7.1%

Universal Technical Institute

5.3%

Ashford University

4.7%

Austin Peay State University

3.1%

Excelsior College

3.1%

Columbia Southern University

2.8%

University of Maryland - University College

2.8%

Fayetteville Technical Community College

2.8%

Liberty University

2.8%

American University

2.8%

Kaplan University

2.8%

Pierce College at Puyallup

2.5%

Grantham University

2.5%

National University

2.2%

Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology

2.2%
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Majors

Business

18.9%

Automotive Technology

10.8%

Aviation

10.8%

General Studies

8.1%

Electrical Engineering

5.1%

Criminal Justice

4.9%

Management

4.8%

Education

3.9%

Aerospace Engineering

3.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.5%

Mechanical Engineering

3.2%

Accounting

2.9%

Civil Engineering

2.8%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.5%

Information Technology

2.5%

Computer Science

2.4%

Liberal Arts

2.4%

Engineering

2.4%

Industrial Technology

2.2%

Precision Metal Working

2.1%
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Degrees

Other

35.8%

Bachelors

26.3%

Associate

19.9%

Certificate

7.9%

Masters

5.3%

Diploma

3.2%

License

1.0%

Doctorate

0.6%
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