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Quality control assistant Quality control technician, quality assurance inspector

Quality control technicians check that control systems and products meet recognised standards.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £12,500 to £25,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You'll usually need GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or A levels, as well as experience or industry qualifications.

You could study for a foundation degree, HND or degree which includes quality control options, for example in production management.

You could get into this job as an apprentice and work your way up to a quality control job.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • the ability to use your technical knowledge to design policies
  • organisational skills

3. What you'll do

You could work in many industries. You'll usually work in a team supervised by a quality manager.

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • dealing with customer feedback and complaints
  • assessing and rating suppliers
  • designing, reviewing and updating quality control policies
  • training new staff
  • producing reports

You'll also have duties specific to your industry. For example, in manufacturing and engineering this could include:

  • finding and fixing faults at each stage of the production process
  • testing samples in a lab
  • making sure labelling is accurate
  • checking that production methods meet legislation guidelines
  • inspecting materials for defects and using methods like non-destructive testing (NDT)

4. Salary

Starter: £12,500 to £15,000

Experienced: £18,000 to £25,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll usually work 35 to 40 hours, Monday to Friday. In manufacturing, you may need to work evening and weekend shifts.

You could work in an office, laboratory or factory production area.

6. Career path and progression

With experience and training you could move into supervisory, management or research jobs.

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Last updated: 18 August 2017