Can Inspector

Inspect lid seams of closed food or beverage cans.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Can Inspectors do?

Inspects lid seams of closed food or beverage cans to ascertain if lids conform to sealing specifications: Collects random samples of filled cans discharged by closing machine. Cuts out center of lid, using can opener, and empties contents. Measures thickness of lid seam, using micrometer. Removes crimped edge of lid, using pliers, and measures thickness of crimped edge of can wall, using micrometer. Records measurements of seam and can hook. May measure thickness of bottom seam prior to filling operations. May empty contents of defective cans into new cans and place on closing-machine conveyor.


Should I be a Can Inspector?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

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    How to become a Can Inspector

    Most Can Inspectors have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9zcaaa&chl=no+college+%2869%25%29|certificate+%2828%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,69,69
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