Quality Control Assistant

Job Description:

Quality control assistants check that a company's services or products meet necessary standards.

Job Category:
Professional Services

What you will do:

You could:

  • make sure required standards and regulations are met
  • inspect and test products or processes
  • identify faults or errors
  • record and tell other people about complaints and fixes
  • design, review and update quality control policies


You’ll need:

  • the ability to analyse quality or performance
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

As well as:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
  • the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be flexible and open to change (adaptability skills)
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • active listening skills
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Entry Requirements:

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • specialist courses run by professional bodies


You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree.

Subjects that cover quality control include:

  • production management
  • business and management
  • manufacturing engineering


You could take a Quality Practitioner Higher Apprenticeship which usually takes a year and 2 months to complete.

With this apprenticeship, you could work in any industry or sector that has quality control processes.

Direct Application

You could apply directly for jobs if you have a a lot of experience in other areas, like engineering or health and safety.

Working Hours and Environment:

A typical week consists of 41-43 hours of work. You could be required to work evenings/weekends on shifts.

You could work in a laboratory, in a factory or in an office.

Career Path & Progression:

With experience and training you could become a manager or move into research jobs.