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. With experience and sometimes further training, it may be possible to become a quality assurance manager, who has responsibility for all quality systems within an organisation.

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 and you may like to consider a VET course. 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:

  • 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:

$1,149

Future growth:

Stable

Employment by state:

ACT ACT 0.4%

NSW NSW 37.3%

NT NT 0.5%

QLD QLD 18.9%

SA SA 10.3%

TAS TAS 1.2%

VIC VIC 25.1%

WA WA 6.3%

Hours worked:

36.1

Unemployment:

Higher unemployment

Gender split:

Male 50.6%

Female 49.4%

Education level:

Age brackets:

15-19 - 3.3%

20-24 - 9.6%

25-34 - 22.6%

35-44 - 16.6%

45-54 - 23.8%

55-59 - 11.1%

60-64 - 6.7%

65 and Over - 6.3%

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

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