Modern manufacturing is highly competitive and therefore all manufacturers aim for peak efficiency and productivity, and perhaps most important, quality. Consistently producing high quality products is essential and testing, at all stages of the manufacturing process, is one way of minimising the possibility of defective, or less than perfect, products.
Product testers, such as quality assurance officers, inspectors, laboratory technicians, or quality assurance managers or engineers may…
Testers will work both ‘in the field', on the process - production line or in the workshop, and perhaps in the laboratory. They may work in a team or alone and because of the nature of their work, safety awareness and compliance with regulations is important. They must be aware of safety regulations and must wear supplied protective equipment.
To work in a manufacturing enterprise as a quality assurance officer or inspector you will usually require Diploma of Engineering (Technical). To work as a laboratory technician testing products you usually require a Diploma of Laboratory Technology. Quality assurance technicians require an Advanced Diploma of Engineering.
To work in quality assurance management or engineering you will usually require a Degree.
Of course, with experience, and possibly further training, you can continue to progress further along a career pathway that could see you in a number of senior management positions.
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