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.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • 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

Career Opportunities

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.

Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Course Prerequisites

Some courses in this program may require a prerequisite. Please see course descriptions for more details.

Program Sequence

 Fall Semester
 ADSC 1171
 Microsoft Excel
 ENGL 2105
 Business & Technical Writing  (Goal 1&2)
 MACH 1121
 Metrology 2
 MACH 1132
 Blueprint Reading 3
 MATH 1550
 Introduction to Statistics (Goal 4)
 Spring Semester
 MACH 1090
 Machine Fundamentals 2
 MACH 1231
 Blueprint Design/CAD II 1
 MACH 1240
 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing 3
 QUAL 1200
 Measurement and Test Equipment 4
 QUAL 1210
 Quality Concepts & Assurance 2
 SPCH 1200
 Interpersonal Communication (Goal 1&7)

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

Students must earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher to be eligible for graduation from this program.


Mike Leslie

Enrollment Services



Fall: August




Mike Leslie

Enrollment Services