Quality control technicians are responsible for checking that products and services meet required quality and safety standards such as ISO 9001:2015, the matrix Standard and Investors in People. They work in a wide range of industries including food and drink, electronics and pharmaceuticals.
You could be:
making sure that measuring and testing equipment are set up and working correctly
inspecting and testing samples of products
dealing with customer complaints and passing the information onto suppliers
collecting information and writing reports on your findings to be passed on to managers
checking that production methods meet relevant legislation
keeping accurate results of checks and tests carried out
testing products bought from suppliers and keeping records of suppliers' performance
identifying inconsistencies and faults and finding the cause
setting up and managing quality control systems.
The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:
where you work
the size of company or organisation you work for
the demand for the job.
Starting salaries for quality control technicians tend to be around £18,000 to £20,000 a year. With experience this can rise to up to £35,000 or more a year.
You could work in any type of organisation, in either the private or public sectors.
You would be based in an office, a laboratory or on a production line.
You would usually work normal office hours, Monday to Friday, but some weekend work may be required.
If working in manufacturing you may have to work shifts including evenings, nights and weekends.
In a factory the environment might be dirty, dusty and noisy.
You may have to wear protective clothing to stop contamination.