To work as a quality control inspector, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or equivalent; and
- complete moderate-term, on-the-job training.
Education after high school
Some inspectors learn testing skills at professional-technical schools and two-year colleges. Computer courses are very helpful.
Employers sometimes train experienced machine operators, assemblers, or mechanics to do quality control work.
Most quality control inspectors learn their skills on the job from an experienced worker. During training, you learn:
- meter, gauge, and control use;
- quality control techniques;
- blueprint reading; and
- reporting requirements.
The length of training varies by what is being tested. Training usually lasts up to six months.
Some branches of the military train people to be non-destructive testers. Training lasts nine to 13 weeks, depending on your specialty. Additional training occurs on the job.