Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers
On the Job
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers look for defects in raw materials and manufactured products. They inspect, test, sort, sample, and weigh products. They may use specialized instruments.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements.
- Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences.
- Analyze test results.
- Compare physical characteristics of materials or products to specifications or standards.
- Inspect sustainable energy production facilities or equipment.
- Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products.
- Notify others of equipment repair or maintenance needs.
- Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information.
- Evaluate quality of materials or products.
- Monitor equipment operation to ensure proper functioning.
Typical Working Conditions
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
- Frequent contact with others.
- Using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
- Working with a group or team.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- Exposure to sounds or noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable.
- Responsibility for outcomes and results.
- Working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
This page includes information from the O*NET 24.2 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA.
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