Profession product quality inspector

Product quality inspectors check products in order to assess their compliance in reference to a standard or reference guideline. They observe, measure, test, and form questions in order to fill in forms and present levels of compliance with comments after the inspection process. Product quality inspectors are employed or work externally for companies.

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Personality Type

  • Conventional / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Quality assurance procedures

    The procedures to inspect a product or system to ensure that it is according to specifications and requirements.

  • Continuous improvement philosophies

    Underlying ideas of quality management systems. Implementation process of lean manufacturing, Kanban, Kaizen, Total Quality Management (TQM) and other continuous improvement systems.

  • Quality standards

    The national and international requirements, specifications and guidelines to ensure that products, services and processes are of good quality and fit for purpose.

  • Quality control systems

    Understanding of and experience with product development quality systems or tools such as FMEA, DOE, PPAP and APQP.

Skills

  • Report defective manufacturing materials

    Maintain required company records and forms in order to report any defective materials or questionable conditions of manufacturing machinery and equipment.

  • Negotiate with stakeholders

    Negotiate compromises with stakeholders and strive to reach the most beneficial agreements for the company. May involve building relationships with suppliers and customers, as well as ensuring products are profitable.

  • Develop calibration procedures

    Develop test procedures for instrument performance testing.

  • Manage corrective actions

    Implementing corrective action and continuous improvement plans from internal and third party audits to meet food safety and quality performance indicators with adherance to agreed timescales.

  • Develop methodologies for supplier evaluation

    Help define and update a methodology for assessing key suppliers according to potential incidents, delivery times, and reliability.

  • Identify improvement actions

    Realise possible improvements for processes to increase productivity, improve efficiency, increase quality, and streamline procedures.

  • Use a computer

    Utilise computer equipment or digital devices to facilitate quality control, data management, and communication. Follow instructions given by a computer programme, create computer files or documents.

  • Support implementation of quality management systems

    Advocate the introduction of new business processes to help achieve quality standards, such as the improvement of the organisational structure or the development of new procedures in case of quality defects.

  • Track key performance indicators

    Identify the quantifiable measures that a company or industry uses to gauge or compare performance in terms of meeting their operational and strategic goals, using preset performance indicators.

  • Identify process improvements

    Identify possible improvements to operational and financial performance.

  • Create solutions to problems

    Solve problems which arise in planning, prioritising, organising, directing/facilitating action and evaluating performance. Use systematic processes of collecting, analysing, and synthesising information to evaluate current practice and generate new understandings about practice.

  • Manage health and safety standards

    Oversee all personnel and processes to comply with health, safety and hygiene standards. Communicate and support alignment of these requirements with the company's health and safety programmes.

  • Monitor manufacturing quality standards

    Monitor quality standards in manufacturing and finishing process.

  • Write inspection reports

    Write the results and conclusions of the inspection in a clear and intelligible way. Log the inspection's processes such as contact, outcome, and steps taken.

  • Revise quality control systems documentation

    Revise quality control documents. Read through the documents, editing it, and revise items in the documentation like the numbering scheme, process to create new documents, revision and follow up process, closure of non-conformities, methods for tracking documents, etc.

  • Perform quality audits

    Execute regular, systematic and documented examinations of a quality system for verifying conformity with a standard based on objective evidence such as the implementation of processes, effectiveness in achieving quality goals and reduction and elimination of quality problems.

  • Identify preventive actions

    Anticipate situations that could be damaging to the workplace and the processes undergone there by drawing attention to possible undesired outcomes and suggesting preventive actions.

  • Oversee quality control

    Monitor and assure the quality of the provided goods or services by overseeing that all the factors of the production meet quality requirements. Supervise product inspection and testing.

Optional knowledge and skills

mathematics execute analytical mathematical calculations operate precision measuring equipment train staff in quality procedures collect samples for analysis read standard blueprints manage periodic calibration plans provide advice on breaches of regulation inspect quality of products use technical documentation use testing equipment analyse production processes for improvement develop corporate training programmes read engineering drawings record test data train staff in safety procedures set quality assurance objectives maintain test equipment lead inspections recommend product improvements develop procedures in case of defects issue licences use non-destructive testing equipment define quality standards conduct performance tests

Common job titles

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