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Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, Weighers

Inspector, Quality Inspector, Quality Technician, Quality Assurance Inspector, Quality Control Inspector, Quality Auditor, Picker/Packer, Quality Assurance Auditor, Quality Control Technician

Average Salary: Entry level--$25,010 Experienced--$46,580

Education/Training Required: High school or GED

Energy Industries: Nuclear, Solar 

Responsibilities · 

Inspectors in the fast-growing energy fields are responsible for quality control, beginning with raw materials, all the way through finished, machined products.  Specific duties include:       

  • Inspect, test, sort, sample, or weigh raw materials or processed, machined, fabricated, or assembled parts or products for defects, wear, and deviations from specifications. ·         
  • Record inspection or test data, such as weights, temperatures, grades, or moisture content, and quantities inspected or graded. ·         
  • Mark items with details such as grade or acceptance-rejection status. ·         
  • Discard or reject products, materials, or equipment not meeting specifications. 
  • Observe and monitor production operations and equipment to ensure conformance to specifications and make or order necessary process or assembly adjustments. ·         
  • Analyze test data, making computations as necessary, to determine test results.  

Tools and Technologies ·        

  • Calibrated resistance measuring equipment - Digital resistance meters; Resistance meters; Resistivity meters
  • Gauges or inspection fixtures - Functional gauges; Optical gauges; Pin gauges; Plug gauges
  • Integrated circuit testers - Backplane testers; Logic test systems; Manufacturing defect analyzers (MDA); Printed circuit board (PCB) testers ·         
  • Leak testing equipment - Bubble leak testers; Calorimetric leak testers; Mass flow leak testers
  • Analytical or scientific software - Data analysis software; Tolerance analysis software ·        
  • Industrial control software - Coordinate measuring machine software; Statistical process control (SPC) data collection devices ·         
  • Label making software - Inspection marking systems ·         
  • Optical character reader (OCR) or scanning software - Label inspection systems 
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel  

Critical Knowledge

  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, and other techniques for maximizing effective manufacturing 

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