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.Number of Jobs in 2010: 1,145
Number of Jobs in 2020: 1,074
Yearly Job Growth Rate: -6.2
Annual Openings: 25
Entry Wage: $12.22
Median Wage: $17.80
Education Requirement: High school diploma or equivalent
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- 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.
Indivduals currently working as Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers can easily transition into any of the occupations lisated below.
- Print Binding and Finishing Workers
- Food Batchmakers
- Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks
- Solderers and Brazers*
- Team Assemblers
- Machine Feeders and Offbearers
- Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
- Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service
- Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
* The occupation mentioned is in demand in the state of Maine, and is projected to employ new workers each year.
Occupational data obtained from the Maine Department of Labor and O*NET
Last updated on January 29, 2013