What Is a Quality Control Inspector?

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Learn more about experience requirements, the work environment, and advancement opportunities.

Alternate Titles

Quality Assurance Inspector

Job Type

Full-time, typically Monday–Friday, with potential for occasional travel and weekend work.

Education

High school diploma, GED, or equivalent.

Experience

Prior experience in construction or quality control is preferred.

Certifications (Preferred)

Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst Certification, BPI Energy Auditor and Quality Control Inspector Certifications, and others.

Training

On-the-job training provided with opportunities to receive nationally recognized certifications.

Apprenticeships

One pathway to this career is a Registered Apprenticeship through the U.S. Department of Labor. Visit DOL to learn more about the apprenticeship occupations for Energy Specialist and Energy Auditor and Analyst.

Salary Range

$40,000$55,000 per year.

Work Environment

Both indoors and outdoors in a variety of weather conditions. Working in customers’ homes with a broad range of different types of households.

Overview

As a Quality Control Inspector, you will test and verify energy efficiency upgrades in residential buildings. Your primary responsibility will be to conduct methodical inspections and perform safety and diagnostic tests to verify compliance with program standards, guidelines, and regulations. Your work will help reduce household energy costs while making homes more comfortable and sustainable.

The Job

  • Conduct inspections of residential buildings to verify compliance with program guidelines and specifications.
  • Assess the quality and effectiveness of installed weatherization measures, including insulation, air sealing, and HVAC systems.
  • Identify and document any deviations from program standards and recommend corrective actions.
  • Perform diagnostic tests, such as blower door tests and infrared thermography, to assess building performance.
  • Provide technical guidance and support to weatherization crews and contractors.
  • Educate clients on energy-saving techniques and best practices.
  • Maintain accurate inspection records, reports, and documentation.
  • Stay up-to-date on energy efficiency technology and industry trends.
  • Collaborate with program managers, auditors, and other stakeholders to improve program efficiency and quality.
  • Communicate effectively with customers, crew members, and program staff.
  • Help your community and the environment by making a difference in customers’ homes.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory Job Task Analysis for Quality Control Inspector provides a detailed breakdown of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the role.

Earnings

The salary range for Quality Control Inspectors varies depending on location and experience. Nationally, the average salary for Quality Control Inspectors ranges from $40,000 to $55,000 per year. Benefits may include health insurance, retirement plans, and paid time off.*

*Data is from the National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP), based on a 40-hour work week. These wages are national averages and may vary by state and/or employer. Wage ranges represent the 25th to 75th percentile of workers.
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A Day in the Life

A Quality Control Inspector conducts inspections, performs diagnostic tests, and collaborates with weatherization crews to ensure program compliance and effectiveness.

Work Environment

As a Quality Control Inspector, you can expect to work both indoors and outdoors in residential homes, apartment buildings, or commercial buildings. You will collaborate with weatherization crews and contractors, program managers, and auditors. The work may involve physical exertion, climbing ladders, and navigating confined spaces. You may work in homes that are not temperature controlled, and may be exposed to hazardous materials such as lead, asbestos, and mold. Adherence to safety protocols and proper use of personal protective equipment is essential. The inspections may be performed in all types of weather and home environments. You will need to maintain ongoing communication with residents who are living in the home.

Education and Training Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, but additional training and certifications will put you at an advantage. Free on-the-job training will be provided to familiarize you with program guidelines, inspection protocols, and diagnostic testing techniques. Some community colleges, trade organizations, and other training providers offer certificate programs in energy efficiency or building science, which may be beneficial for career advancement.

Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Obtaining relevant certifications can enhance your prospects as a Quality Control Inspector. Once you are employed, the local Weatherization Assistance Program provider will pay for certification as part of the on-the-job training process. Some required and/or recommended certifications include the Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst, Energy Auditor, and Quality Control Inspector certifications. State and local regulations may also require additional certifications or licensing, such as OSHA and EPA lead safety certifications.

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Did You Know?

Quality Control Inspectors in the Weatherization Assistance Program contribute to reducing energy consumption and improving the comfort and affordability of low-income households.

Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

The Quality Control Inspector role requires a combination of technical knowledge, communication skills, and physical abilities. Some key traits and skills include:

  • Prior experience in construction, weatherization, or quality control is preferred. 
  • Knowledge of building science principles and energy efficiency measures.
  • Proficiency in using diagnostic tools and equipment, such as blower doors and infrared cameras.
  • Strong attention to detail and the ability to follow program guidelines and specifications. 
  • Analytical mindset and problem-solving abilities to identify deviations and recommend corrective actions.
  • Good communication skills to effectively collaborate with weatherization crews and stakeholders. 
  • Physical stamina and ability to work in various weather conditions and confined spaces.
  • Adherence to safety protocols and commitment to maintaining a safe work environment.
  • Experience working with diverse communities and understanding the unique needs of different cultural backgrounds or households.

Employment Prospects

As a Quality Control Inspector in the Weatherization Assistance Program, you can find employment opportunities with nonprofit organizations, private contractors, utilities, and government agencies at the federal, state, and local levels. In particular, the Weatherization Assistance Program provides many employment opportunities for Quality Control Inspectors. Job opportunities may be available both full-time and part-time, with flexible schedules depending on the employer’s needs. Connect with employers and training providers in your state to learn more.

Advancement Prospects

A career as a Quality Control Inspector can offer various advancement opportunities to positions such as Program Manager, Building Performance Consultant, and Training Specialist. For more information about career advancement opportunities and paths, you can visit the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) Green Buildings Career Map.

Professional Groups/Associations

Joining a professional organization, such as the Building Performance Institute (BPI), the Building Performance Association (BPA), or the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) can provide networking opportunities, access to training and certification programs, and other resources to help advance your career.

Tips for Entry

To prepare for a career as a Quality Control Inspector, consider gaining hands-on experience by applying for entry-level positions as a weatherization crew member or in a related field. Familiarize yourself with building science principles, energy efficiency measures, and relevant codes and regulations. Consider seeking out free or low-cost training programs offered by local WAP service providers or other energy efficiency organizations. Explore online courses, resources, and training programs in building science or energy efficiency. You can also network with professionals in the field, attend industry events, and engage in informational interviews to expand your connections and knowledge.