Certified Welding Inspectors are responsible for the visual inspection and quality testing of structural steel welds and bolted connections. They usually work with construction or manufacturing companies that produce large structures. Workers in this field partner with other technicians and professionals to complete routine field tasks and ensure welds are securely fastened. They review welds in new and existing buildings, storage tanks, piping, and bridges to determine the structural integrity of each project.
A college degree is not necessary to become a Certified Welding Inspector. With a high school diploma, previous experience, and a valid AWS CWI Certification, a candidate can perform field and lab tests. Basic math skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to read maps are desirable characteristics for candidates. They should be customer-focused and have a passion for helping clients.
Certified Welding Inspectors must frequently stand, reach, climb, walk, kneel, and be able to life more than 35 pounds. They often work from ladders, scaffolding, and lifts from great heights. Inspectors are regularly exposed to outside weather conditions, including extreme heat or cold. Since they work with machinery, the work environment may be noisy at times. Many companies require inspectors to complete a safety orientation program to demonstrate their understanding of safe work practices.
Certified Welding Inspectors need a valid driver’s license and may have to travel long distances daily. Since they sometimes stay overnight and work on weekends, a flexible schedule is necessary for this profession.
Welding Inspector (Certified) Tasks
- Document all inspections, computations, results, and feedback provided.
- Educate staff and welders in safety and assembly procedures and requirements.
- Inspect weldments to determine if they meet specifications and material standards.