Details Report for:
51-9061.00 - Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers
Inspect, test, sort, sample, or weigh nonagricultural raw materials or processed, machined, fabricated, or assembled parts or products for defects, wear, and deviations from specifications. May use precision measuring instruments and complex test equipment.
Sample of reported job titles: Inspector, QA Auditor (Quality Assurance Auditor), QA Inspector (Quality Assurance Inspector), QA Technician (Quality Assurance Technician), QC Technician (Quality Control Technician), Quality Auditor, Quality Control Inspector (QC Inspector), Quality Inspector, Quality Technician, Test Technician
Tasks | Technology Skills | Tools Used | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
- Analytical or scientific software — Data analysis software; Minitab ; The MathWorks MATLAB ; Tolerance analysis software (see all 5 examples)
- Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD ; Dassault Systemes CATIA; Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS ; Mastercam Design (see all 5 examples)
- Computer aided manufacturing CAM software — Computer-aided inspection software; Mastercam
- Content workflow software — Atlassian JIRA
- Data base management system software — Apache Hive ; Apache Pig
- Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software ; FileMaker Pro; Microsoft Access
- Desktop communications software — Skype
- Electronic mail software — IBM Lotus Notes; IBM Notes ; Microsoft Outlook
- Enterprise application integration software — Extensible markup language XML
- Enterprise resource planning ERP software — SAP
- Graphics or photo imaging software — Microsoft Visio
- Industrial control software — Coordinate measuring machine software; Cybermetrics GAGETrak; Verisurf Metrology; Wilcox Associates PC-DMIS Inspection Planner (see all 5 examples)
- Label making software — Inspection marking systems
- Medical software — Medical condition coding software
- Object or component oriented development software — R
- Office suite software — Microsoft Office
- Optical character reader OCR or scanning software — Label inspection systems
- Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint
- Program testing software — Selenium
- Project management software — Microsoft SharePoint
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Word processing software — Microsoft Word
Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.
- Accelerometers — Capacitive acceleration instruments; Magnetic induction acceleration instruments; Piezoelectric acceleration instruments; Resonance acceleration instruments (see all 5 examples)
- Bench scales — Industrial bench scales
- Beta gauge measuring systems — Beta gauges
- Binocular light compound microscopes — Measuring microscopes
- Calibrated resistance measuring equipment — Digital resistance meters; Resistance meters; Resistivity meters
- Circuit tester — Continuity testers
- Comparators — Optical comparators
- Compression testers
- Conductivity meters
- Coordinate measuring machines CMM — Verisurf 3Dgage; Verisurf CMM Master
- Creep testers — Creep and stress relaxation testers
- Depth gauges
- Digital testers — Bit error rate testers BERT
- Ductility testing machines — Ductility testers
- Eddy current examination equipment — Eddy current flaw detectors; Eddy current probes
- Electrical frequency meters — Frequency meters
- Fatigue testers
- Force or torque sensors — Force transducers
- Frequency counters or timer or dividers — Frequency counters
- Go or no go gauge — Plug gauges
- Hardness testers
- Height gauges
- Hipot testers
- Hydraulic pumps
- Impact hammers
- Impact testers — Impact toughness testers
- Impedance meters — Return loss calibrator RLC passive component testers
- Integrated circuit testers — Backplane testers; Logic test systems; Manufacturing defect analyzers MDA; Printed circuit board PCB testers (see all 5 examples)
- Interferometers — Holographic interferometers
- Laser measuring systems — Laser shearography flaw detectors; Verisurf Master3DGage
- Leak testing equipment — Bubble leak testers; Calorimetric leak testers; Mass flow leak testers
- Level generators — Pulse generators
- Lifts — Hydraulic lifts
- Liquid penetrant examination equipment — Penetrant flaw detectors
- Magnetic particle examination equipment — Magnetic particle flaw detectors
- Metallurgical microscopes
- Moisture meters
- Multimeters — Digital multimeters
- Optical flats — Optical gauges
- Oscilloscopes — Sampling oscilloscopes
- Personal computers
- Pin gauge — Pin gauges
- Plotter printers — Plotters
- Power meters — Direct current DC power testers
- Reflectometers — Gloss meters
- Refrigerated and heated walk in environmental or growth chambers — Environmental chambers
- Resistance thermometers — Digital resistance thermometers
- Rulers — Pi tapes
- Shear strength testers — Shear testers
- Shock testing apparatus — Shock testers
- Signal conditioners — Linear or mixed signal equipment
- Signal generators — Function generators
- Sorters — Sorting machines
- Spectrometers — Color spectrometers
- Strain gauges
- Tension testers — Tensile testers
- Thickness measuring devices — Laser thickness gauges
- Thread counters or gauges — Thread gauges
- Track cranes — Overhead cranes
- Ultrasonic examination equipment — Utrasonic flaw detectors
- Vibration testers — Vibration and shaker systems
- Viscosimeters — Viscometers
- Voltage or current meters — Digital voltmeters DVM
- X ray radiography examination equipment — Radiographic flaw detectors
- Evaluate quality of materials or products.
- Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information.
- Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
- Notify others of equipment repair or maintenance needs.
- Record operational or production data.
- Advise others on ways to improve processes or products.
- Monitor equipment operation to ensure proper functioning.
- Calibrate equipment to specifications.
- Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements.
- Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences.
- Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products.
- Monitor equipment operation to ensure that products are not flawed.
- Analyze test results.
- Compare physical characteristics of materials or products to specifications or standards.
- Clean production equipment.
- Repair production equipment or tools.
- Connect electrical components or equipment.
- Fabricate parts or components.
- Maintain production or processing equipment.
- Test products for functionality or quality.
- Evaluate capabilities or training needs.
- Instruct workers to use equipment or perform technical procedures.
- Mount materials or workpieces onto production equipment.
- Smooth metal surfaces or edges.
- Inspect sustainable energy production facilities or equipment.
- Collect samples of materials or products for testing.
- Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair.
- Sort materials or products for processing, storing, shipping, or grading.
- Stack finished items for further processing or shipment.
- Measure ingredients or substances to be used in production processes.
- Weigh finished products.
|Title||Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed|
|Education||These occupations usually require a high school diploma.|
|Related Experience||Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.|
|Job Training||Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include orderlies, counter and rental clerks, customer service representatives, security guards, upholsterers, and tellers.|
|SVP Range||(4.0 to < 6.0)|
Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
|43-5071.00||Shipping, Receiving, and Inventory Clerks|
|43-9051.00||Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service|
|51-4022.00||Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic|
|51-4031.00||Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic|
|51-4121.00||Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers|
|51-5113.00||Print Binding and Finishing Workers|
|53-7063.00||Machine Feeders and Offbearers|
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2020)||$19.45 hourly, $40,460 annual|
|Employment (2020)||557,900 employees|
|Projected growth (2020-2030)||Decline (-1% or lower)|
|Projected job openings (2020-2030)||54,900|
|Top industries (2020)||
Manufacturing (64% employed in this sector)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 wage data and 2020-2030 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2020-2030). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- American Society for Quality
- American Welding Society
- International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
- International Society of Automation
- International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America
- National Tooling and Machining Association
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: Quality control inspectors
- Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute
- Precision Machined Products Association
- Society of Quality Assurance
- The National Council For Advanced Manufacturing