Nondestructive Testers

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Nondestructive Testers

Nondestructive Testers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, quality control inspectors:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a medium level of contact with others. They interact with other workers, but also spend time working alone.
  • Are responsible for the work done by others.
  • Have high responsibility for the health and safety of others.
  • Communicate with others primarily in person and over e-mail. Occasionally they talk to others using the telephone.
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  • Work as part of a team.
  • Are sometimes placed in conflict situations where others may be unpleasant or rude.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Often work indoors. They rarely work outdoors, but it depends on what they inspect or where they travel to inspect it.
  • Are often exposed to the noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable.
  • Wear safety attire every day. Sometimes wear attire to protect the product, such as food, from contamination.
  • Usually work physically close to other workers, typically within a few feet.
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  • May be exposed to very hot or cold temperatures, depending on the work site.

Work Performance

  • Must fully complete and be exact in their work. Errors could result in unsafe products that endanger the public's health.
  • Must keep up with the pace of the machinery.
  • Make decisions on a weekly basis that greatly affect others. They often act without consulting a supervisor.
  • Must meet strict daily and weekly deadlines.
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  • Often repeat the same physical and mental tasks.


  • Usually work full time.
  • May work evenings, nights, or weekends.
  • May work overtime to reach production goals.
  • May travel to other production sites, especially if working for large companies.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.