Head Inspector

Examine finished headings and barrelheads for defects and their qualities.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Head Inspectors do?

Examines finished heading and barrelheads for defects to verify conformance to specifications: Measures finished heading and barrelheads, using tape measure and circular gauge, and inspects them for defects, such as knots, wormholes, and defective jointing, to determine and grade quality of work. Applies chemical to jointed edges of heading to determine sap line in heading, using cloth applicator. Sets aside defective heads for repair. Records results of examination and amount of wood used in heading, and submits quality control report to supervisor. May inspect and mark centers of heading blanks prior to sawing and be designated Head-Inspector-And-Center Marker.

Should I be a Head Inspector?

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

  • Also known as: Head-Inspector-And-Center Marker

    How to become a Head Inspector

    Most Head 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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