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Nondestructive Testers

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This is a Demand OccupationA Demand Occupation is defined as follows.

The hierarchy for qualification is the Regional Demand
(the occupation had a entry wage equal to or greater
than 90% of the Economic Development Region (EDR) negotiated
wage as an average of all LWIA’s in the EDR AND at
least 25 annual average job openings in the EDR);
State Wide (the occupation qualified for at least
5 of the Regional Demands and thus was added to all
ten EDR lists); Career Cluster (the occupation is
listed on at least one of the six career clusters
Illinois has identified as priority [data is available
under the career clusters on the The National
Association of State Directors of Career Technical
Education Consortium website at ]), and Regional
Request (an LWIA received approval of a request to
add an occupation code to its EDR list based on substantiative
data and information supporting a need in the region).
NOTE: Only those occupations with a Source of Regional
Demand or State Wide will be eligible for incentive
bonus award under the Minimum Training Expenditure
policy requirements.

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Nondestructive Testers - Occupation Overview

  • Make sure products meet strict quality standards
  • Read and interpret blueprints or work orders
  • Keep detailed records
  • Work alone most of the time
  • May work days, nights, or weekends
  • Most train on the job
  • Earn $34,023 per year (Illinois median)
  • Earn $34,460 per year (national median)

Quality control inspectors examine products to make sure they meet standards.

Quality control inspectors monitor quality standards for products. They make sure companies follow product manufacturing rules. Inspectors work at all stages of production. Some inspect the materials that go into products. Others check products when they are partially complete. Other inspectors tests completed products.

Quality control inspectors read blueprints or work orders to learn about products. They analyze the information to learn how to measure or test products. They collect product samples for testing.

Inspectors take measurements, look for visible defects, or perform tests. They may use testing equipment such as thermometers, voltmeters, or moisture meters. They read gauges and dials to determine if the equipment is running properly. Fabric testers use touch to determine the grade of fabrics.

Inspectors mark items to show if they have been accepted or rejected. After testing is complete, inspectors clean and repair equipment.

After measuring samples, inspectors compare their findings against government or company standards. When there is a problem, inspectors suggest changes in production methods. They keep records of their findings. They compile the information and write reports for their supervisors.

There are many types of quality control inspectors, for example:

  • Mechanical inspectors check to see if parts move correctly or are greased properly
  • Electrical and electronics inspectors test the flow of electricity
  • Some inspectors check products or raw materials to see if they meet environmental standards

Quality control inspectors may work by themselves. They may also work in teams, or under a more experienced inspector. Some quality control inspectors supervise other testers.


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