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Schools for Aspiring Quality Control Inspectors

Prospective quality control inspectors learn to ensure a various number of products, from food to automobiles to construction projects, work properly and pose no danger to the general public. While some entry-level inspector positions require only a high school diploma, more complex roles benefit from formal training in a certificate, associate degree or graduate certificate program in quality control.

Due to the variety of areas that are subject to quality control, aspiring inspectors are encouraged to consider their field of interest before enrolling in a program. Quality control programs - whether an undergraduate technical certificate, graduate certificate or an associate degree - can be found at community colleges and 4-year universities.

Schools with Quality Control Programs

Quality control programs are offered by these institutions.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
Purdue University West Lafayette, IN 4-year, Public Bachelor's $10,002 In-state Undergraduate; $28,804 Out-of-state Undergraduate*
Youngstown State University Youngstown, OH 4-year, Public Bachelor's $8,317 In-state Undergraduate; $8,557 Out-of-state Undergraduate
Delta College University Center, MI 2-year, Public Certificate $3,395 In-district Undergraduate; $5,270 In-state Undergraduate; $9,770 Out-of-state Undergraduate
Mott Community College Flint, MI 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $3,395 In-district Undergraduate; $5,041 In-state Undergraduate; $6,911 Out-of-state Undergraduate
Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis, IN 2-year, Public Associate's $4,115 In-state Undergraduate; $7,992 Out-of-state Undergraduate
Ocean Corporation Houston, TX < 2-year, Private for-profit Certificate $20,300 Undergraduate
Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY 4-year, Private not-for-profit Certificate $37,124 Undergraduate
San Jose State University San Jose, CA 4-year, Public Master's $7,378* In-state Graduate; 18,538
Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX 4-year, Public Master's $3,672 In-state Graduate; $10,692 Out-of-state Graduate
Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, MI 4-year, Public Master's, Graduate Certificate $14,328 In-state Graduate; $26,400 Out-of-state Graduate

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

School Selection Criteria

There are a number of things to consider when selecting a quality control inspector school.

  • Choose a program fitting in with prospective career goals and specializations. Some programs, especially certificates, may focus on very specific issues in quality control, such as water disposal or pharmaceuticals, which would be useful to students with those particular career goals.
  • Aspiring quality control inspectors at the graduate level are encouraged to enroll in programs that offer teaching and research assistantships for additional financial aid.
  • If pursuing a specialization like automobiles or drug discovery, aspiring quality control inspectors are encouraged to enroll in programs with up-to-date, on-campus facilities for hands-on training.
  • Review each school's graduate employment rates for their programs to determine if most graduates are successfully employed in their field.

Certificate in Quality Control

Undergraduate certificate programs in quality control can typically be completed in one year. Students may take courses in technically-oriented math.

Associate Degree in Quality Control

Associate degree programs can be completed in two years and offer general education courses in addition to the core classes. Electives could be in areas of specialization such as automotives or mechanical manufacturing.

Graduate Certificate in Quality Control

Graduate certificate programs in quality control are designed for students with experience in a particular field who seek inspection specialization. Coursework varies based on the specific area of interest.

There are a number of public and private institutions that offer undergraduate and graduate studies in quality control. Some may specialize in a particular area of quality control, and it may be important to review the courses offered to ensure the program fits your personal academic and career goals.

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