Quality control inspectors usually work in an industrial environment to ensure that goods are produced with sufficient quality prior to being sold in the market. This may involve reading blueprints and analyzing various parts within an item, and they must also ensure that the proper measurements are present and that products operate as they should, as well as ensure a general appearance that is neat and free of scratches and other flaws.
Quality control inspectors may inspect things manually or implement methods of automatic quality control. When abnormalities are detected, they must determine the cause and rectify the situation to prevent it from occurring again. Attention to detail and the ability to work quickly are important in this position, and maintenance of equipment used for carrying out tests may be necessary. It's also important to ensure that equipment is operating as it should at all times and perform these tasks individually, but also work on teams when work is coordinated systematically. They must also keep records of the work done, non-conformances that are encountered, and causes of the defects discovered.
A high school diploma and some experience in quality control are generally required for this position, and some employers may require a bachelor's degree depending on the complexity of the job. Basic mathematical and computer/word processing skills are also necessary.
Quality Control Inspector Tasks
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.
Discuss inspection results with those responsible for products, and recommend necessary corrective actions.
Discard or reject products, materials, and equipment not meeting specifications.