Set-Up and Lay-Out Inspector

Develop gauging setup and surface plate layout procedures.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

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What do Set-Up and Lay-Out Inspectors do?

Develops gauging setup and surface plate layout procedures, draws patterns and templates, and inspects variety of parts and tools, to provide inspection devices and fixtures for use in machining or assembly, using blueprints, formulas, trigonometry, and precision measuring instruments: Analyzes inspection problem by comparing part with blueprints or sketches, and devises procedures necessary to measure specified dimensions. Lays out part on surface plate or positions in gauging setup to verify dimensions, using master gauges, indexing head, gauge blocks, comparators, verniers, micrometers, and indicators. Develops and draws patterns and templates used to measure curves and angles. Tests surface finish of machined parts, using profilameter. Tests hardness of metal parts [HARDNESS INSPECTOR]. Analyzes defective parts to determine reasons for dimensional variations, such as faulty machining, or assembly procedures, setup, tools, or fixtures. Recommends corrective procedures to design, methods, process, or production engineering departments. Inspects machining or assembly fixtures, tools, or gauges, and suggests replacement or use of new equipment. May approve parts not within specified dimension tolerances. May change allowable tolerances specified on blueprint.

Should I be a Set-Up and Lay-Out Inspector?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Inspector, Set-Up and Lay-Out

    How to Become a
    Set-Up and Lay-Out Inspector

    Most Set-Up and Lay-Out 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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