How to become a Quality Assurance Inspector

Quality assurance inspectors examine manufactured products, primary produce, goods and services to make sure they meet all standards of presentation and quality.

Personal requirements of a Quality Assurance Inspector

  • Enjoy clerical and administrative work
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Able to work independently or as part of a team
  • Eye for detail
  • Able to analyse and solve problems
  • Conscious of safety and the environment

Education & Training for a Quality Assurance Inspector

You can work as a quality assurance inspector without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. Entry into this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications. You may like to consider a VET qualification in quality auditing. Entry to this course usually requires you to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with relevant professional experience. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information.

Duties & Tasks of a Quality Assurance Inspector

Quality assurance inspectors may perform the following tasks:

  • study product and/or service specifications
  • sample products or services to determine whether they meet specifications and quality standards, and initiate corrective action if necessary
  • analyse quality assurance data and make recommendations for improvement
  • train and assist operators to carry out their quality control functions
  • check details of assemblies
  • compile reports.

Working conditions for a Quality Assurance Inspector

Quality assurance inspectors are required to communicate with production workers, production managers and suppliers and work together to develop systems that promote quality.

Employment Opportunities for a Quality Assurance Inspector

Quality assurance inspectors work in all sectors of the economy, but especially in the manufacturing and processing industries. They are usually experienced workers who have worked their way up through the company. Many private organisations and government departments have developed or are developing formal quality assurance and continuous improvement programs. There is a growing trend with employers seeking graduates who can coordinate quality systems rather than simply carry out quality assurance inspection.

Avg. weekly wage:

$919

Future growth:

decline

Employment by state:

ACT 0%

NSW 27.8%

NT 1.2%

QLD 10.8%

SA 7%

TAS 2.7%

VIC 43.7%

WA 6.9%

Hours worked:

39.4

Unemployment:

above average

Gender split:

Proportion of male workers 60.4%

Proportion of female workers 39.7%

Education level:

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 10: 11%

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 12: 18.6%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is secondary school: 11%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 39.8%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 8.5%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 0%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 11%

Age bracket:

Proprortion of workers aged below 35 years: 28.2%

Proportion of workers aged above 35 years: 71.1%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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