Missile Inspector

Inspect and test missile components and ground support equipment.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Missile Inspectors do?

Inspects and tests missile components and ground support equipment, according to blueprints and specifications, using precision measuring instruments and test equipment: Examines components of missile systems, such as electrical, electronic, instrumentation, mechanical, propulsion, hydraulic, and pneumatic, for conformance to quality standards. Tests functional performance of system components, using test equipment. Inspects and measures parts and assemblies for alignment, location, dimension, fit, location of bolt and rivet holes, and fastening to ensure conformance to blueprints and specifications, using jigs, fixtures, sight levels, and precision measuring instruments. Inspects ground equipment, such as missile boosters, launch pads, and shelters, for conformance to standards and specifications. Visually and tactilely examines ablative coating on exterior surfaces of missile to ensure uniform application. Conducts or witnesses operational testing to verify that missile systems adhere to specifications. Analyzes inspection and test results and prepares inspection reports indicating acceptance, rejection, or rework required. Confers with customers, engineering, production, and inspection personnel to exchange information, such as test results or proposed modifications to missile system. May inspect and test missile systems prior to flight or delivery to customer and be designated Inspector, Missile Final Assembly; Missile Inspector, Preflight. May inspect space vehicle components during final assembly and be designated Space Vehicle Inspector, Preflight.


Should I be a Missile Inspector?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Inspector, Missile, Missile Inspector, Preflight, Transmission Inspector

    How to become a Missile Inspector

    Most Missile 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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