Routine Inspectors and Testers

Routine inspectors and testers 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.


New workers

New workers start around £20,791. Normal pay is £29,823 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £45,710.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 74,012 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • 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.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Auditing

  • Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM)

  • Engineering Drawings

  • Machining

  • Quality Management

  • Quality Management Systems

  • Mechanical Inspection

  • ISO 9000 Series

  • Manufacturing Processes

  • Good Manufacturing Practices

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Detail Oriented

  • Quality Control

  • Management

  • Quality Assurance

  • Operations

  • Problem Solving

  • Customer Service

  • Safety Assurance

  • Computer Literacy

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.