Jean G is responsible for quality at all eleven branches of Spicers, an office supplies wholesaler. She started studying for a career in nursing, but abandoned that to raise a family. She started at Spicers as a warehouse operative and worked her way up. The training officer spotted her talent and encouraged her to apply for her present post. "I wasn't that keen on doing it and basically she said to me, 'If you don't apply for it, Jean, I'll apply for it on your behalf.' So, of course, I went for the interview, got a second interview and got offered the job and here I am." She's come a long way from being a reluctant pupil at school.
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Quality assurance technicians perform a variety of technical inspections and testing and monitoring tasks to detect processing, manufacturing and other defects.
Entrants normally possess GCSEs/S grades, a BTEC/ SQA award or A levels/H grades. Training is typically received on-the-job, supplemented by training courses where instruction in specific techniques is required. Various industry-specific NVQs/SVQs encompass aspects of quality control.
- Sets up scientific, electronic, or other technical equipment to perform functional and inspection tests
- Analyses and interprets the results of tests undertaken and writes up reports upon completion
- Supervises the work of routine inspection staff and notes any defects reported
- Assists quality control engineers in undertaking production audits
- Liaises with production engineers and staff to maintain the quality of output and to develop quality management systems.
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