Returned Materials Inspector

Test, dismantle, and inspect returned parts to determine cause of defects.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Returned Materials Inspectors do?

Tests, dismantles, and inspects motor vehicle parts returned as defective to determine cause of defects: Examines unit for cracked or missing components. Tests unit under simulated operating conditions to determine nature of defect, using computerized testing equipment. Dismantles unit and inspects components for conformance to specifications, using instruments, such as micrometers, indicator gauges, hardness testers, calipers, and sine bars. Determines cause of defect and prepares report of findings. Routes unit to department for replacement, repair, or salvage. May judge validity of customer’s claim of defective parts or work. May specialize according to type of product inspected.

Should I be a Returned Materials Inspector?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • 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: Inspector, Returned Materials, Returned-Goods Inspector

    How to Become a
    Returned Materials Inspector

    Most Returned Materials 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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