Quality control inspectors or engineers monitor quality standards for almost every manufactured item. Through education and training in quality control, applicants gain the necessary tools to improve products. Quality control inspectors work in the manufacturing industry to reduce the potential for errors in making a product. Applicants seeking quality control engineering or industrial production management positions should have a bachelor's (4-year program) or master's (2-year program) degree. Entrance to a bachelor's program requires a high-school diploma, while those entering master's programs need to have their bachelor's. Some employers request applicants to have additional laboratory work experience with biological or natural sciences.
Many quality control employers require candidates to be familiar with the specific industrial trade, although some employers prefer on-site training for employees. They also need to know how to interpret blueprints, manuals, and other data-based specifications. Completion of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) certification exams may be required for some jobs. Certain employers also require candidates to know how to use specific inspection equipment, such as calipers, gauge pins, and micrometers.
Candidates should also know how to conduct internal auditing per ISO 9000 standards, as well other quality management systems (QMS). Quality control managers should have at least 5 years of experience.