Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers

Description

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.

Tasks

  • Inspect, test, or measure materials, products, installations, or work for conformance to specifications.
  • Measure dimensions of products to verify conformance to specifications, using measuring instruments such as rulers, calipers, gauges, or micrometers.
  • Read blueprints, data, manuals, or other materials to determine specifications, inspection and testing procedures, adjustment methods, certification processes, formulas, or measuring instruments required.
  • Record inspection or test data, such as weights, temperatures, grades, or moisture content, and quantities inspected or graded.
  • Mark items with details such as grade or acceptance-rejection status.
  • Notify supervisors or other personnel of production problems.
  • Discard or reject products, materials, or equipment not meeting specifications.
  • Collect or select samples for testing or for use as models.
  • Write test or inspection reports describing results, recommendations, or needed repairs.
  • Compare colors, shapes, textures, or grades of products or materials with color charts, templates, or samples to verify conformance to standards.
  • Recommend necessary corrective actions, based on inspection results.
  • Grade, classify, or sort products according to sizes, weights, colors, or other specifications.
  • Analyze test data, making computations as necessary, to determine test results.
  • Clean, maintain, calibrate, or repair measuring instruments or test equipment, such as dial indicators, fixed gauges, or height gauges.
  • Remove defects, such as chips, burrs, or lap corroded or pitted surfaces.
  • Read dials or meters to verify that equipment is functioning at specified levels.
  • Check arriving materials to ensure that they match purchase orders, submitting discrepancy reports as necessary.
  • Make minor adjustments to equipment, such as turning setscrews to calibrate instruments to required tolerances.
  • Fabricate, install, position, or connect components, parts, finished products, or instruments for testing or operational purposes.
  • Inspect or test raw materials, parts, or products to determine compliance with environmental standards.
  • Compute defect percentages or averages, using formulas and calculators.
  • Position products, components, or parts for testing.
  • Stack or arrange tested products for further processing, shipping, or packaging.
  • Monitor production operations or equipment to ensure conformance to specifications, making necessary process or assembly adjustments.
  • Adjust, clean, or repair products or processing equipment to correct defects found during inspections.
  • Monitor machines that automatically measure, sort, or inspect products.
  • Compute usable amounts of items in shipments.
  • Weigh materials, products, containers, or samples to verify packaging weights or ingredient quantities.
  • Interpret legal requirements, provide safety information, or recommend compliance procedures to contractors, craft workers, engineers, or property owners.
  • Disassemble defective parts or components, such as inaccurate or worn gauges or measuring instruments.
  • Administer tests to assess whether engineers or operators are qualified to use equipment.
  • 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.

Knowledge

Psychology
Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Geography
Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
Economics and Accounting
Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
Building and Construction
Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
Foreign Language
Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
Telecommunications
Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Biology
Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Sociology and Anthropology
Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
Philosophy and Theology
Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
Therapy and Counseling
Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

Skills

Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

Abilities

Night Vision
The ability to see under low light conditions.
Peripheral Vision
The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
Sound Localization
The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
Spatial Orientation
The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Glare Sensitivity
The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.

Interests

Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Work Style

Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Independence
Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
Persistence
Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

Work Values

Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Lay Titles

Abrasive Grader
Acid Tester
Air Box Tester
Air Conditioning Unit Tester
Air Sampler
Air Value Tester
Aircraft Instrument Tester
Aircraft Launching and Arresting Systems Inspector
Airplane Inspector
Aligning Inspector
Alining Inspector
Alloy Weigher
Aluminum Boat Inspector
Aluminum Container Tester
Ammunition Components Inspector
Ampoule Examiner
Ampoule Inspector
Argon Tester
Armature Inspector
Armature Tester
Artificial Teeth Inspector
Asbestos Shingle Inspector
Assembler
Assemblies and Installations Inspector
Assembly Adjuster
Assembly Inspector
Assembly Line Inspector
Assorter
Auditor
Auto Job Estimator
Auto Service Advisor
Auto Service Writer
Auto Tester
Automatic Tire Tester
Automatic Typewriter Inspector
Automobile Repair Service Estimator
Automobile Service Advisor
Automobile Service Writer
Automobile Tester
Automotive Exhaust Emissions Technician
Automotive Tire Tester
Bad Cloth Checker
Bag Cutter
Bag Grader
Bag Sorter
Bag Tester
Bagger
Balance Bridge Inspector
Balance Truer
Balance Truing Inspector
Balance Wheel Motion Inspector
Ball Points Inspector
Ballast Inspector
Ballpoint Pen Cartridge Tester
Barometers Calibrator
Barrel Assembly Inspector
Barrel Endshaker Adjuster
Barrel Inspector
Barrel Tester
Barrelhead Inspector
Baseball Inspector
Baseball Inspector and Repairer
Basket Grader
Basket Sorter
Batch Tester
Batch Weigher
Bath Tester
Battery Charger Tester
Battery Checker
Battery Container Tester
Battery Inspector
Battery Recharger
Battery Tester
Bead Inspector
Beaming Inspector

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$16.57 hourly, $34,460 annual.
Employment (2008):
454,010 employees