Quality Control InspectorSample Job Descriptions, Salaries, and Interview Questions

Quality control inspectors are responsible for checking the quality of materials or products to ensure they meet manufacturers’ guidelines. Their duties may include monitoring operations, examining blueprints, testing materials, measuring outcomes, rejecting defective products, and reporting on product suitability to managers or other responsible parties. They also identify processes that need to be updated to meet quality standards, report findings, and make suggestions to improve production procedures. 

Quality control inspectors work from a wide range of locations, including assembly lines, laboratories, and quality control departments of many different types of companies.

Sample job description #1

About the quality control position:

In this position, you will maintain quality standards by approving incoming materials, in-process production, finished products, and recording the results. Excellent communication and leadership skills are a must, as well as a keen attention to detail. You’ll play a key role in ensuring that all products meet our established requirements for reliability and workmanship, as well as other quality control program standards.

Quality control responsibilities are:

  • Checking that the assembly/PRE or production line adheres to standard specifications/measurements
  • Reviewing specifications of PRE’s & finished goods
  • Recording inspection results by completing reports, summarizing re-dyes and inputting data into shared drive
  • Training the production team on quality control measures to improve product excellence
  • Proposing improvements to the production process (all aspects of the operation)
  • Approve incoming materials by confirming specifications, conducting a visual and measurement test, and rejecting unacceptable materials
  • Approve in-process production by confirming required specifications/measurements, conducting visual and measurement tests, and communicating the required adjustments to the production supervisor, sewing lead, cutting lead
  • Approve all dyed, finished products by confirming dyed goods match standards and conducting required tests (crocking, etc.)
  • Return products for re-dyes if needed and complete documentation to confirm re-dyes
  • Document and update inspection results by completing reports and logs
  • Coach employees; seek opportunities to grow leadership in others

Quality control requirements are:

  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Basic computer skills, including MS Office
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to explain and teach methodologies
  • Understanding of manufacturing methods and procedures
  • Documentation and reporting skills
  • Must be able to stand/walk for 8-10 hours a day
  • Ability to lift to 50 pounds
  • Must be a team player and respectful of co-workers
  • Must be able to work weekends as needed
  • Use of hand/arms in repetitive motion
  • Must have a strong sense of accountability, urgency and be able to meet deadlines
  • Dependable, reliable, punctual, and self-motivated
  • Must be Customer focused

Sample job description #2

General summary: 

Conduct Quality Assurance audits of production facilities assuring company standards are maintained and product integrity is preserved.

Essential functions:

  • Performs and records daily quality checks as required.
  • Selects products for tests at specified stages in production process, and tests for variety of qualities such as dimensions, performance and mechanical characteristics.
  • Confirms that plant production procedures are properly carried out.
  • Determine overall plant product quality by conducting and evaluating various product tests.
  • Work with management to resolve major quality problems as required.
  • Consult with plant management and personnel on better operational procedures to improve overall efficiency and product yields.
  • Function as an information source for all departments when critical quality issues arise.
  • Wearing the proper and required safety equipment.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


High school diploma or general education degree (GED)


One to two years related quality control experience preferably in a manufacturing environment. Forklift operator’s certification highly desirable.

Skills & abilities: 

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies to perform the essential functions of this position.

  • Problem solving-the individual identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner and gathers and analyzes information skillfully. Ability to apply commonsense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.
  • Oral communication-the individual speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations. Ability to read and interpret documentation such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals.
  • Mathematical Skills-Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.
  • Quality management-the individual looks for ways to improve and promote quality and demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Precision instruments – the individual has previous experience with the use of precision instruments.
  • Adaptability-the individual adapts to changes in the work environment, manages competing demands and is able to deal with a frequent change, delays or unexpected events.
  • Dependability-the individual is consistently at work and on time, follows instructions, responds to management direction and solicits feedback to improve performance.
  • Safety and security-the individual actively promotes and personally observes safety and security procedures, and uses equipment and materials properly.

Contact with others: 

Regular daily routine requires contact with other employees and management.

Supervision received: 

Works under direct daily supervision of Quality Assurance Manager and /or Plant Manager, receives goals and basic procedures for project assignments. Must handle prioritization with a variety of competing activities. Seeks guidance to assure complete and appropriate action.

Working Conditions: 

The physical and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of their job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to fingers, handle, feel objects, twist and turn and hands/wrists to pull greater than 35 pounds of force; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel and crouch. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 65 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Sample job description #3

Position summary:

Quality Control Inspectors are responsible for inspecting, testing, and documenting parameters of finished equipment by adhering to ABC Company’s procedures and standards to ensure all equipment meets reliability, usability, and performance quality standard to eliminate/reduce the defect return rate.


  • Test and inspect equipment for customer orders.
  • Make sure unit is perfect.
  • Ensure that equipment is functioning to ABC Company standards.
  • Confirm systems have all necessary parts and components.
  • Provide feedback to supervisor of all discovered issues or defects.
  • Maintain record of all testing reports via entry into computer systems.
  • Request all necessary components to the unit to the order.
  • Perform all testing tasks.
  • Complete all paperwork requested and provide results to the supervisor.
  • Follow the all-final checking procedures to the QC department standards/processes.
  • Maintain a clean work area.


  • Min 2 years of manufacturing production and/or quality control experience.
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Some electrical and mechanical skills.
  • Attention to detail is a must
  • Ability to use a computer
  • Daily standing position and lifting variety of parts, sizes and weights (up to 40 lbs)
  • Ability to read blueprints

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for a quality control inspector is $42,400 per year in the United States. Salaries will vary depending on market, education, certifications, additional skills, and years of experience.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$42,150$57,050
Los Angeles, California$47,550$64,350
Denver, Colorado$39,650$53,650
Washington, DC$48,300$65,350
Miami, Florida$39,450$53,400
Orlando, Florida$36,400$49,250
Tampa, Florida$36,750$49,750
Atlanta, Georgia$38,440$52,150
Chicago, Illinois$44,350$60,000
Boston, Massachusetts$47,950$64,850
Minneapolis-St.Paul, Minnesota$38,200$51,700
New York City, New York$50,450$68,250
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$41,100$68,250
Dallas, Texas$40,000$54,100
Houston, Texas$39,800$53,900
Seattle, Washington$46,150$62,400
National Average$36,050$48,750

Sample interview questions

  • What are the different steps or processes involved in the quality control procedure? 
  • What are the responsibilities of the quality control inspector?
  • What would you do if management asked you to approve a release with critical defects?
  • Which quality control tools and software are you most familiar with? 
  • What quality assurance industries have you worked in?
  • What is your typical process when testing a product?
  • What is the difference between product quality and process quality?
  • Can you give an example of when you had to shut down a production line? How did you proceed?
  • What are the details or specifications you examine when testing a new product?
  • Can you describe five quality procedures?
  • How do you stay focused to make sure you spot quality control issues?
  • What actions have you employed to meet a tight deadline?
  • Can you explain what quality standards are?
  • In which phase of the manufacturing process should quality assurance start?

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