Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers

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About the Job

Inspect, test, sort, sample, or weigh nonagricultural raw materials or processed, machined, fabricated, or assembled parts or products for defects, wear, and deviations from specifications. May use precision measuring instruments and complex test equipment.

It is also Called

  • Wheel and Pinion Inspector
  • Wet Wash Assembler
  • Weld Inspector
  • Weight Yardage Checker
  • Weight Tester
  • Weigher Operator
  • Weigher and Grader
  • Weigher and Crusher
  • Weigh Tank Operator
  • Weigh Machine Operator
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What They Do

  • Inspect or test cleantech or green technology parts, products, or installations, such as fuel cells, solar panels, or air quality devices, for conformance to specifications or standards.
  • Administer tests to assess whether engineers or operators are qualified to use equipment.
  • Disassemble defective parts or components, such as inaccurate or worn gauges or measuring instruments.
  • Interpret legal requirements, provide safety information, or recommend compliance procedures to contractors, craft workers, engineers, or property owners.
  • Weigh materials, products, containers, or samples to verify packaging weights or ingredient quantities.
  • Compute usable amounts of items in shipments.
  • Monitor machines that automatically measure, sort, or inspect products.
  • Adjust, clean, or repair products or processing equipment to correct defects found during inspections.
  • Monitor production operations or equipment to ensure conformance to specifications, making necessary process or assembly adjustments.
  • Stack or arrange tested products for further processing, shipping, or packaging.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: CR.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Conventional interests, but also prefer Realistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Relationships and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $41,050 with most people making between $23,910 and $61,830

Outlook

0.26%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 20,130 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 20,650 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 52 openings due to growth and about 508 replacement openings for approximately 560 total annual openings.



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