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Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers

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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

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


    • Quality Control Analysis

      Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

    • Writing

      Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy


    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.


    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 33,500
    • Yearly Projected Openings 3,180

    Typical Education


    Conventional: People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Self Control
    • Cooperation
    • Independence
    • Stress Tolerance


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