Routine inspector or tester

Jobholders in this unit group inspect and/or test metal stock, parts and products, electrical plant, machinery and electronic components, systems and sub-assemblies, textiles, wood, paper, food, plastics and rubber goods, parts and materials to detect processing, manufacturing and other defects.

Tasks

  • Reports any recurrent or major defects and recommends improvements to production methods.
  • Examines yarn packages, textile fabrics and garments, wood or wood products, paper and paperboard, plastics and rubber materials, food products, food storage containers, etc., checks specifications, marks any repairable defects and rejects faulty items.
  • Sets up test equipment, connects items/system to power source/pressure outlet, etc. and operates controls to check performance and operation of electrical plant and machinery and electronics systems.
  • Checks sequence of assembly operations and checks assemblies and sub-assemblies against parts lists to detect missing items.
  • Examines articles for surface flaws such as cracks, dents, defective sealing or broken wires by visual inspection or using aids such as microscopes or magnifying glasses.

Typical Education Level

Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 18% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data

£21,645

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for routine inspector or tester is £21,645

2,213 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 2,213. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.

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Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for routine inspector or tester roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £21,645 per year. That is about £1,804 per month or £11.10 per hour. New workers generally start on £20,176, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £42,682

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 2,213 people are employed in the region.

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