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Quality Assurance/Inspection

Industry: Manufacturing
Area: Quality

There are three types of Quality Assurance Inspectors. Lower level employees follow standardized methods in repetitive sampling, operational, final bench, crib or mechanical or electrical inspection, using direct reading and adjustable gauges. Mid level quality inspectors perform diversified first piece sampling, or final floor or bench inspection of parts or products and are responsible for stopping production or notifying supervisor in case of excessive defects. Top level quality inspectors perform final inspection for quality and appearance of highly diversified parts and assemblies and performance of complicated products. They apply broad knowledge of product application in exercising responsibility to decide on allowable variations from specifications or standards.

Work Settings

Office or bench on manufacturing floor. The average workweek is 40 hours. Shift work and overtime is common. Many manufacturers operate 24 hours/day.


High school diploma or GED plus experience.

Job Outlook

See US Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook ( for latest information


Average hourly earnings in CNY in 2005 ranged from $13.65/hour to $23.64/hour.

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