A senior quality assurance (QA)/quality control (QC) inspector is a management-level worker who ensures the safety and reliability of manufactured goods, construction projects, or engineered systems. This person ensures that at every step of the process, what they’re inspecting meets with all standards necessary to continue the engineering or contracting process(es).
A senior QA/QC inspector usually works for a large contracting or building firm. He or she does daily inspections of the work site to ensure that all work conforms to the design work of the architects and engineers. They run tests on the integrity of all materials used in construction to confirm the safety of the work site and project. Additionally, they must run constant, routine testing of systems, design, and materials throughout the building period, as well as provide the project manager with ongoing feedback to be implemented.
In a manufacturing setting, a senior QA/QC inspector performs a similar role on a smaller, more repetitious scale. The inspector checks the design of the manufactured goods as they are assembled in the plant to determine that they meet the standards of the original engineering design. They supervise tests of these goods to ensure they work as intended, and they perform constant integrity checks on the materials used in assembly. Additionally, the QA/QC inspector gives regular feedback to the plant manager, who uses this feedback to adjust and regulate the process for maximum efficiency, safety, and quality of the finished goods.
To work in this position, a person will normally needs at least a bachelor's degree in engineering, construction management, or a related field. Additionally, especially in contracting work, additional safety certifications are required and must be kept up to date in various jurisdictions. The QA/QC inspector normally works during regular business hours either in the plant or at constructions sites. As senior personnel, they typically supervise a team who carry out the more routine, less analytical parts of the quality assurance process.
Senior Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector Tasks
- Read blueprints and designs to identify conformity or deviation from desired specifications and document results.
- Identify errors and deficient components, make recommendations, and report on compliance.
- Inspect parts and assemblies, assign status, document results, and distribute all quality records.
- Advise on quality control for materials, packaging, and finished products.