Manufacturing quality assurance inspectors are responsible for overseeing quality in their organization's manufacturing processes. They test all manufactured products and processing materials, ensuring that the end result has the required dimensions, weight, and quality (among other specifications) required by their organization. These quality assurance inspectors also review purchase orders to provide quality assurance support to other departments. as well as evaluate, and complete special inspections and other customer paperwork. They carefully inspect all parts needed for manufacturing to ensure the highest quality production environment. Another of their main responsibilities include writing and preparing reports that detail their results after inspection. They also read invoices, pack slips, and other complex customer supplied data. Additionally, they create specific reports for rejected parts and materials, returning them as needed, and coordinate the maintenance of inspection equipment.
Manufacturing quality assurance inspectors must work well with other inspectors, but also be able to work well on their own with minimal supervision. They must have strong problem-solving abilities, as well as working knowledge of print reading, inspections tools, and manufacturing plans. This is a physical demanding position that requires individuals to work under strict deadlines, meaning excellent time management skills are required. Quality assurance inspectors must also be able to multitask effectively and manage several inspection projects at the same time.
They should have knowledge of industry quality standards and the mathematical abilities needed to help use company resources efficiently. A high school diploma or equivalent is required for this position. In addition, previous experience in a quality assurance capacity may be preferred.
Quality Assurance Inspector, Manufacturing Tasks
- Discuss inspection results with those responsible for products, and recommend necessary corrective actions.
- Discard or reject products, materials, and equipment not meeting specifications.
- Inspect, test, and sample materials or assembled parts or products for defects and deviations from specifications.
- Observe and monitor production operations and equipment to ensure conformance to specifications and make or order necessary process or assembly adjustments.