Gauge and Instrument Inspector

Inspect and adjust gauges, measuring instruments, and testing equipment.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Gauge and Instrument Inspectors do?

Inspects and adjusts gauges, measuring instruments, and testing equipment for conformance to blueprint specifications: Verifies accuracy of gauges and measuring instruments, such as dial indicators, fixed gauges, height gauges, and electrical and functional gauges, using master gauges or master parts. Examines gauges or measuring instruments for wear or adjustment. Disassembles inaccurate or worn gauges and measuring instruments with handtools. Inspects parts for wear, warping, or other defects. Verifies dimensions of parts against blueprint specifications, using gauge blocks, micrometer, vernier height gauge, sine bar, bevel protractor, and optical comparator. Measures surface flatness and finish, using optical flats and profilameter. Computes unspecified dimensions and other data, using shop mathematics and trigonometry. Laps corroded or pitted surfaces. Reassembles gauge and adjusts stops and levers to specified settings. Inspects accuracy of new gauges and instruments for conformance to blueprint specifications before they are released for production use.

Should I be a Gauge and Instrument Inspector?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Inspector, Gauge and Instrument, Tool-and-Gauge Inspector

    How to Become a
    Gauge and Instrument Inspector

    Most Gauge and Instrument 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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