Quality Control Inspector

Mechanical skills
Putting it all together
Quality control inspectors must be able to use specialized tools and machinery when testing products.
Technical skills
Process implementation
Quality control inspectors must understand blueprints, technical documents, and manuals which help ensure that products and parts meet quality standards.
Physical Strength
Tennessee Strong
Because workers sometimes lift heavy objects, inspectors should be in good physical condition.

Job Description

Quality control inspectors examine products and materials for defects or deviations from specifications.

Quality control inspectors typically do the following:

  • Read blueprints and specifications
  • Monitor operations
  • Recommend adjustments to production process
  • Inspect, test, or measure materials
  • Accept or reject finished items
  • Remove all products that fail to meet specifications
  • Discuss inspection results 
  • Report inspection and test data

Quality control inspectors, for example, ensure that the food or medicine you take will not make you sick, that your car will run properly, and that your pants will not split the first time you wear them. These workers monitor quality standards for nearly all manufactured products, including foods, textiles, clothing, glassware, motor vehicles, electronic components, computers, and structural steel. Specific job duties vary across the wide range of industries in which these inspectors work.

Quality control workers rely on many tools to do their jobs. Although some still use hand-held measurement devices, such as calipers and alignment gauges, workers more commonly operate electronic inspection equipment, such as coordinate-measuring machines (CMMs). Inspectors testing electrical devices may use voltmeters, ammeters, and ohmmeters to test the potential difference, current flow, and resistance, respectively.

Job Outlook

MEDIAN PAY – $40,460

2 Year Associate’s Degree
No Related Work Experience
Moderate-term on-the-job training


Lowest 10%
Median Wage
Highest 10%
The industries that hired the most were:



Professional, scientific, and technical services


Administrative and support services




TN College of Applied Technology - Athens


  • Program Length – 1 year (diploma)
  • Job Placement – 90%
  • Average Earnings – $36,570 / yr
  • Cost – $4,705

The mission of the program is to provide technical instruction and skill development that will enable students to become gainfully employed in the welding field. Highly individualized instruction provides for both classroom instruction and practical work experience using hand tools, fabrication shop equipment and welding equipment. The major emphasis of the program is placed on safety, oxyacetylene cutting, plasma arc cutting, shielded metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, gas metal arc welding and flux core arc welding of carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminum. Welding is a detail oriented technology. Close attention must be made in all areas of welding, cutting, metal preparation, and fabrication.

Class room and shop experiences focus on construction trades, manufacturing, and industrial welding. Students learn about safety, metallurgy, mathematics and print reading.


  • Time Commitment – Full Time
  • Program Length – 1 Year
  • Average Pay – $36,000 / yr

Advance, Cleveland State’s block scheduling format, offers working adults a convenient way to obtain a college certificate or degree taking classes with the same core group of students.  Cleveland State is now offering a block schedule for Technical Certificates in Electrical Maintenance, Mechanical Maintenance and Process Control.  If your time is limited but you are committed to attending college to increase your technical skills, the Advance Technical Certificate Program is for you!


  • Students will be in class with “like-minded” people, who are focused, self-disciplined, and want to earn their certificate.
  • Networking Opportunities—students form strong connections with other working students/professionals.
  • Students know upfront their scheduling for the entire program.


  • Working toward a certificate or degree as a group has been proven to dramatically  improve retention and graduation rates.
  • Faculty are committed to helping students achieve their individual goals.
  • Earning your technical certificate opens doors for promotion within your organization or a new career.
  • The courses in this certificate program will apply to an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Technology.

Cleveland State

Cleveland State Community College

Chattanooga State

Chattanooga State Community College


Quality Assurance/Quality Control Technology Concentration

Graduates of the QA/QC Technology concentration will possess the knowledge, skills and abilities to make an intelligent entry into the power producing, construction and manufacturing industries. Students will have the ability and knowledge to evaluate concrete, and mechanical and electrical equipment, for defects according to standards.

Upon successful completion of the A.A.S. in Engineering Technology-Quality Assurance/Quality Control Technology concentration, graduates will possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to make an intelligent entry into the power, construction, and manufacturing industries.