Quality Control Specialists

Quality Control Specialists Are an Integral Part of the Manufacturing Process

There are undoubtedly countless stories of individuals who have purchased some type of product only to subsequently learn that it did not meet their expectations with respect to performance, durability, and/or quality of construction. Purchase price notwithstanding, buyers will not be afraid to voice their displeasure when they feel that their money has not been well-spent.

That’s why the importance of manufacturing and distributing quality products, regardless of size, use, and cost, simply cannot be understated. From the standpoint of production, there are matters pertaining to revenue generation and the reputation of the company; for the consumer, there must be an emphasis on their health and safety, along with the considerations of value/benefit and customer satisfaction.

All of the above factors make the role of quality control specialist an integral part of the production process; manufacturers must ensure that any and all products meet stringent standards before those goods ever leave the premises – there is just too much as stake.

As an aside, the quality control process involves a set of activities that identifies defects in products after their manufacture; this definition should not be used interchangeably with that of quality assurance, which is aimed at preventing defects before the goods are actually produced.

The job description of a quality control specialist can be multi-faceted, and it may include visually inspecting and/or manually testing a variety of product characteristics such as:

  • Purity
  • Safety
  • Weight
  • Durability
  • Performance
  • Size and shape
  • Nutritional value
  • Balance/ratio of contents
  • Quality of the raw materials

Furthermore, quality control specialists may have additional responsibilities consisting of:

  • Operating inspection equipment
  • Monitoring the inspection process
  • Recording and analyzing data/results
  • Preparing/revising processes/standards

Contrary to some beliefs, quality control specialists do not work in isolated, windowless environment devoid of any human contact. As part of the production team, they may perform their duties in any number of settings, including but not limited to:


Work stations

Assembly lines

Production floors

Dedicated departments

Employment opportunities for quality control specialists would essentially encompass the spectrum of manufacturing and production; some of the specific industries will include:

  • Aviation
  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Food Processing
  • Military Defence
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Electrical/Electronics

From an educational background standpoint, candidates for quality control specialist jobs often require a two-year associate’s degree from a technical institute/community college in addition to their high school diploma. Professional certification sought independently or as part of on-the-job training would also be an asset.

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When Seeking a Job in Quality Control, Consult with a Placement Professional

Individuals interested in employment opportunities as a quality control specialist would be well-advised to consult with an experienced placement professional from a staffing agency like Winters Technical Staffing in Toronto.

The consultants from Winters Technical Staffing have been fulfilling the staffing needs of employers in the manufacturing/production sector in Toronto and the GTA for more than 40 years. Over that time, the Winters Technical Staffing professionals have established working relationships with hiring managers throughout the manufacturing sector, and in fact are often called upon by these employers to help recruit and satisfy their needs for quality control specialists.

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For guidance and support in your efforts to enter or advance in the quality control field, call the placement experts at Winters Technical Staffing today at 1-877-495-7422 to arrange for a complimentary consultation.