Product Quality Controllers examine manufactured products and primary produce to ensure conformity to specifications and standards of presentation and quality.

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Even with a qualification, sometimes experience or on-the-job training is necessary.

Tasks

  • studying product specifications and taking measurements to determine conformity to specifications
  • examining and marking output for visible defects such as cracks, holes and breakages
  • making minor repairs and adjustments to products
  • compiling quality assurance reports, maintaining documentation and reporting findings
  • examining products for defects and grading produce
  • designating grading of produce and recording details of assessments according to classification system
  • collecting and labelling samples for inspection
  • recording details of sampling procedures and sources of samples
  • preparing samples and carrying out prescribed tests

Job Titles

  • Product Examiner
  • Product Grader
  • Product Tester
  • Product Examiner (also called Quality Assurance Assessor or Quality Control Assessor)

    Examines products to ensure conformity to specifications and standards of presentation and quality.

    Specialisations: Film Examiner, Metal Products Viewer, Textile Examiner, Tyre Finisher and Examiner, Vehicle Assembly Inspector

  • Product Grader

    Grades primary produce by evaluating individual items or batches against established standards and records results.

    Specialisations: Fruit and Vegetable Classer, Meat Grader, Milk and Cream Grader, Timber Grader

  • Product Tester

    Collects product samples, conducts tests to determine quality of produce and maintains records of results.

    Specialisations: Coal Sample Tester, Glassware Verifier, Iron Pellet Tester

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $1,149 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    decline
  • Skill Level

    Certificate II or III
  • Employment Size

    14,700
  • Unemployment

    above average
  • Male Share

    56.7%
  • Female Share

    43.3%
  • Full-Time Share

    82.3%

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This is a medium sized occupation employing 14,700 workers. The number of workers has stayed about the same over the past 5 years.
Over the next 5 years (to May 2022) the number of workers is expected to fall to 13,300. Around 10,000 job openings are likely over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • While there are jobs in many parts of Australia, Victoria has a large share of Product Quality Controllers.
  • They mainly work in: Manufacturing; Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
  • Full-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 38.6 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,149 per week (similar to the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The average age is 45 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years) and around 5 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
  • Around 6 in 10 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was above average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
200715500
200817000
200914900
201017100
201113800
201214900
201313000
201414200
201513200
201611100
201714700
202213300

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsProduct Quality ControllersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings11491230

Hours

Full-Time and Part-Time Status (% Share) and Average Weekly Hours (Full-Time)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryProduct Quality ControllersAll Jobs Average
Full-time82.368.4
Part-time17.731.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)38.640

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Manufacturing51.1
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing15
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services9.9
Wholesale Trade8.2
Other Industries15.8

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateProduct Quality ControllersAll Jobs Average
NSW2731.8
VIC43.325.5
QLD819.8
SA11.36.8
WA611.2
TAS1.92
NT1.21.1
ACT1.21.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketProduct Quality ControllersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.2-5.45.4
20-244.9-9.99.9
25-3421.2-23.423.4
35-4423.3-21.721.7
45-5424.6-21.121.1
55-5911-8.78.7
60-6410.2-5.95.9
65 and Over3.5-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryProduct Quality ControllersCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males56.7Males53.6
Females43.3Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

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A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Even with a qualification, sometimes experience or on-the-job training is necessary.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Product Quality Controllers who pay attention to detail, can communicate clearly and work well in a team.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Chemistry

    80% Important

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change. Danger signs and disposal methods.

  2. Mathematics

    72% Important

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  3. English Language

    71% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  4. Computers and Electronics

    68% Important

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  5. Production and Processing

    65% Important

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Getting Information

    86% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  2. Documenting/Recording Information

    85% Important

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  3. Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

    81% Important

    Checking objects, actions, or events, keeping an eye out for problems.

  4. Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

    80% Important

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  5. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    79% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-4099.01 - Quality Control Analysts.

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