Primer Inspector

Examine cartridge primers for defects.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Primer Inspectors do?

Examines cartridge primers for defects, such as lack of powder or improperly inserted anvil. Removes faulty primers with tweezers or wax-tipped stick. May fill specially holed boards with primers, using shaker machine [SHAKER-PLATE OPERATOR], or pour primers into boxes for transfer to subsequent operations. May use magnifying glass to examine primers.


Should I be a Primer 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.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Power Transformer Inspector

    How to become a Primer Inspector

    Most Primer 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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