Material Inspector

Examine sample of staves in shipment to determine price.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Material Inspectors do?

Examines sample of staves in shipment to determine price to be paid for shipment: Takes sampling of staves from freight car. Examines staves for defects, such as cracks, warpage, knots, and excessive sap content. Separates and grades staves according to number and type of defects found. Marks grade on staves, using pencil. Inspects bilge, if staves have been jointed, and measures length and width of staves, using tape measure. Computes total usable width of staves in car and prices entire carload based on grading and calculations. May record price paid for staves and quantity purchased. May supervise workers engaged in operation of dry kiln.

Should I be a Material Inspector?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Inspector, Materials and Processes

    How to become a Material Inspector

    Most Material 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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