An inspector makes sure finished products meet quality standards and suit the customer's demands.

Do you have a great eye for detail? Are you a focused, precise thinker? Become an inspector, and you’ll be able to put those talents to work. You’ll inspect every product that comes off the production line – nothing leaves the facility without your approval.

An inspector works on the production floor alongside assemblers and technicians. Your primary job will be to visually inspect either fabricated parts or full manufactured products. You may also use complex test equipment depending on what you're inspecting. You’ll know the standards that every product must meet, and you’ll make sure each part or product is up to par. If a product doesn't meet requirements, you’ll know how to properly store or dispose of it, and you’ll report the defect to your supervisor, either through a report or directly.

Inspectors often transition to or from other jobs on the assembly line, or within the quality assurance department. Although it is an entry-level job, previous experience will boost your resume.

Also Known As:

Quality Assurance Auditor, Quality Assurance Inspector, Quality Assurance Technician, Quality Auditor, Quality Control Inspector, Quality Control Technician, Quality Inspector, Quality Technician

Critical Skills


  • Analytical or Scientific Software
  • Attention to Detail
  • Comprehend and Follow Visual, Written, and Oral Instructions
  • Industrial Control Software
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly
  • Optical Character Reader (OCR) or Scanning Software
  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance


  • Analytical Thinking
  • Checking, Examining and Recording
  • Communication - Internal and External
  • Deductive Reasoning
  • Health and Safety
  • Monitoring
  • Problem Solving
  • Quality Assurance
  • Systems Analysis
  • Troubleshooting

Key Responsibilities

  • Measure dimensions of products to verify conformance to specifications
  • Read instructional materials to determine codes, test procedures, and necessary changes
  • Record inspection or test data
  • Confirm materials or products conform to specifications
  • Mark items with details such as grade or acceptance-rejection status
  • Discard or reject products, materials, or equipment not meeting specifications
  • Collect or select samples for testing or for use as models
  • Write test or inspection reports
  • Test products and samples to verify conformance to standards

Special Requirements

  • Heavy Lifting Ability


  • Building Materials
  • Communications
  • Construction
  • Project Safety, Security

How to get this job

Entry level sales, construction, or electronics experience needed.

Next Steps for this job

Practice strong communication skills, construction worker experience a plus, understanding technical drawings and building codes needed.

Specific job titles and duties vary by employer so check for details.