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Quality Inspector

Machine Trades

We are glad to see you are interested in our Quality Inspector program. A visit with Enrollment Services is a great way to get your questions answered. Attend a Tuesday virtual information session, a Wednesday in-person information session or schedule a one-on-one video chat appointment today.

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Program Information

The Quality Inspector program is designed to train students in the tools and processes used to ensure the quality of finished goods and products. Graduates of this certificate will have the skills necessary to be employed as a quality assurance inspector in a variety of manufacturing sectors. With completion of this certificate students will also obtain 11 Minnesota Transferable Credits meeting 3 goal areas.

Course Prerequisites

Some courses may require appropriate test score or completion of basic math, basic English and/or reading courses with a “C” or better.

ENGL: 2105 Business & Technical Writing Prerequisites is ENGL 0102 or 0960 and READ 0900 or 0960 or 78 on Accuplacer Reading or appropriate test score

MATH 1550 Introduction to Statistics Prerequisites is MATH 0900 or 76  on Accuplacer Elementary Algebra or other appropriate  test score.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this certificate students will be able to competently use tools and processes utilized in industry for the inspection of finished goods. Students continuing to the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree combined with experience in the field will also be able to test for the American Society of Quality (ASQ) Certification for a Quality Inspector.

Students will be able to perform the following tasks in their new career field:

  • Demonstrate document control skills
  • Competently utilize tools to inspect finished goods of any kind
  • Ensure quality within the supply chain for consumer safety
  • Analysis of collected data
  • Create and maintain inspection documentation
  • Interact professionally with coworkers
  • Interpret engineering drawings utilizing Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
  • Understand basic manufacturing practices

Program Sequence

First Semester
ADSC 1171
Microsoft Excel
ENGL 2105
Business & Technical Writing
MACH 1121
Metrology 2
MACH 1132
Blueprint Reading 3
MATH 1550
Introduction to Statistics 4
 Second Semester
MACH 1090
Machine Fundamentals 2
MACH 1231
Blueprint Design/CAD II 1
MACH 1240
Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing 3
QUAL 1200
Measurement & Test Equipment 4
QUAL 1210
Quality Concepts & Assurance 2
SPCH 1200
Interpersonal Communication 3

Part-Time Options

Students can choose to complete this program part-time. Part-time students will take longer to complete their program than students who follow the full-time sequence listed on the official program guide (see the program guide PDF under the LINKS section to the right). Because every course may not be offered each semester, it is important for part-time students to reach out to their faculty advisors for help in planning their long-term, part-time course sequence. Refer to the below PDF document for first semester part-time course options and further information.

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate in Applied Science (AAS), diploma, or certificate must meet the cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher.

Industry Information

This field is under-represented in higher education and no program has the required skills in statistical analysis. Quality Inspectors are the individuals that assure the quality of manufactured products meet the requirements of the customer and regulatory bodies. Quality inspectors work in clean, environmentally controlled areas with regulated temperature and humidity to ensure part consistency. This is a mid-level position in the field with large opportunity for advancement and increased wage growth.



Matt Rogers

Enrollment Services



Fall: August




Matt Rogers

Enrollment Services