Quality Control Technician

Quality control technicians test materials before, during, and after production to measure the characteristics of materials and ensure that they conform to specifications.

Fast Facts & Skills


Education & Training: 

A high degree is sufficient for employment in some industries such as food.  In biopharmaceutical companies, technicians are likely to need a two year Associates degree as a minimum. Many positions may require a 4-year degree in Biochemistry or a related program.

Common certifications:

  • A certificate in Metrology
  • American Society of Quality Certification or Certificate in Quality Management Systems
  • HAACP certification (food industry)

Common requirements and abilities:

  • Ability to read blueprints (some industries)
  • Be passionate about quality
  • Sitting, standing, bending, reaching, pulling / pushing, kneeling, twisting, grasping, and walking.
  • Moderate moving, transporting and positioning of items weighing up to 50 lbs.
  • Able to work independently and with teams
  • Good organizational skills

Work environment:
Employees in the food industry may be vibrations, fumes or airborne particles, outside weather conditions and extreme cold.

Quality control (QC) technicians are responsible for inspecting and testing materials at different points in a company's process. They test raw materials and products to make sure they meet required levels of quality. When a company is making products, QC technicians collect and measure samples at several points during the manufacturing process.

QC technicians work in multiple industries such as food and drug manufacturing. Salary ranges are lower in the food industry and higher for those industries that manufacture drugs that are injected into humans.

They follow SOPs to select random samples and conduct routine measurements and inspections. They record all measurement data and report non-conforming results to supervisors.  They ensure compliance with industry standards. They calibrate and maintain inspect equipment for accuracy and adhere to Good Manufacturing Practices, safety guidelines, and maintain a clean and organized work environment

People in these positions need to be detail oriented, willing to keep excellent records, and have good communication skills. Those with good laboratory skills and manufacturing or laboratory experience are more likely to get the best jobs and the best salary.  Since QC is involved at every stage of manufacturing, they can be employed in a variety of locations in a large company or be versatile if employed at a small company.  Some QC technicians work a standard 40-hour workweek while others, especially in large companies, may share a position that operates 24/7 and therefore shift work is common.

Alternate or similar positions:  Quality control microbiology


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