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Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, & Weighers

Also called: Inspector, Quality Control Inspector, Quality Inspector, Quality Technician

Where in the Air Force? In the Air Force: Advanced Fighter Aircraft Integrated Avionics; Airborne Mission Systems Operator Craftsman; Airlift/Special Mission Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice, C-130/C-27J; Bomber/Special Electronic Warfare and Radar Surveillance Integrated Avionics Apprentice, EC-130 Compass Call; Bomber/Special Integrated Communication/Navigation/Mission Systems Helper, RC-135; Fighter Aircraft Integrated Avionics Helper, F-15 Avionics; Maintenance Management Production, Apprentice; Mobility Air Forces Integrated Communication/Navigation/Mission Systems Journeyman, KC-135; Nondestructive Inspection Journeyman; Special Operations Forces/Personnel Recovery (SOF/PR) Integrated Communication/Navigation/Mission Systems Apprentice, CV-22

What they do:
Inspect, test, sort, sample, or weigh nonagricultural raw materials or processed, machined, fabricated, or assembled parts or products for defects, wear, and deviations from specifications. May use precision measuring instruments and complex test equipment.
On the job, you would:
  • Inspect, test, or measure materials, products, installations, or work for conformance to specifications.
  • Measure dimensions of products to verify conformance to specifications, using measuring instruments such as rulers, calipers, gauges, or micrometers.
  • Read blueprints, data, manuals, or other materials to determine specifications, inspection and testing procedures, adjustment methods, certification processes, formulas, or measuring instruments required.


Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems


People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Initiative
  • Self Control


You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Data analysis software
  • Minitab Hot Technology
Industrial control software
  • Coordinate measuring machine software
  • Cybermetrics GAGETrak
Electronic mail software
  • IBM Notes Hot Technology
  • Microsoft Outlook Hot Technology


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
no high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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