Inspect and test electrical household appliances, using tools.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Inspectors do?

Inspects and tests electrical household appliances, such as ranges, water heaters, and food mixers for appearance and mechanical and electrical characteristics, using testing devices and handtools: Examines metal, glass, and enamel surfaces for scratches, dents, and color matching. Observes alignment of doors, panels, and control dials with adjacent parts. Opens doors and sliding compartments to inspect movement along guides and operation of catches. Taps panels, housing, frame, or frame supports, using fiber hammer, to eliminate binding or align bearings with armature shaft. Connects unit with power source and testing devices, such as wattmeter, voltmeter, and potentiometer. Runs unit through operating cycles, observes meters, and compares readings against standards to determine electrical characteristics. Observes mechanical operation of parts, such as nozzles, blowers, pulleys, and transmission. Records information on inspection ticket. May wrap wire racks, pans, glass, and burner irons in paper and install fiber packing. May specialize in inspection of appearance and mechanical operation and be designated Appliance Inspector. May specialize in electrical testing and be designated Appliance Tester.

Should I be an 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.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Acid-Strength Inspector, Ampoule Inspector, Appliance Inspector, Arbor Inspector, Armature Inspector, Bag Inspector See More

    How to become an Inspector

    Most 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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