Product Quality Controller

Product Quality Controllers (QCs) examine primary produce and manufactured products to make sure that they conform to the standards and specifications of quality and presentation necessary to make their way to consumers. They also plan how often sampling will happen, set the standards by which quality will be judged and think about how quality standards practices can be improved.

Duties and tasks

  • Determine when products will be sampled to judge quality standards
  • Identify causes for products not measuring up to quality standards
  • Measure products against established standards as provided
  • Record information for non-conforming products
  • Set quality standards by which products will be judged

Skills required

  • Ability to sit or stand for long hours as necessary
  • Certifications relating to the job are preferred, but not necessary
  • Excellent attention to detail and analytical skills
  • Good manual dexterity skills
  • Quality controllers traditionally hold an associates or bachelors degree in a related field

Working conditions

Product Quality Controllers work in just about any production environment imaginable, from producing dictionaries to sneakers. They may face resentment from co-workers when accessing products that are not up-to-par and its important for them to keep a working knowledge of the standards required for their respective industries. They often work indoors, though the lighting, temperatures, overall conditions, etc. vary with their workplace.

Professional associations / Industry information

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  • Government Inspector
  • Quality Control Officer
  • Quality Coordinator
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