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Become A Certified Welding Inspector

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Working As A Certified Welding Inspector

  • Getting Information
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Make Decisions

  • $57,340

    Average Salary

What Does A Certified Welding Inspector Do At CB&I

* Verify that the base materials and consumable welding materials conform to the specifications and that welding filler metals used are as specified for each base material.
* Verify that the welding equipment to be used for the work is appropriate for use with the welding procedure specification and has the capability to meet the applicable requirements of the welding procedure.
* Verify that only approved or qualified welding procedures are used for the work.
* Verify that the edge preparation or joint geometry meet the requirements of the welding procedure and drawings.
* Verify that the specified filler metals are used and that filler metals are maintained in proper condition, per requirements, or as recommended by the manufacturer.
* Verify that the technique and performance of each welder, welding operator, and tack welder are as specified.
* Verify that the work conforms to requirements of the applicable standards, drawings, or other documents.
* Verify that the work inspected is identified and documented in accordance with specified requirements.
* Prepare clear and concise reports and verify that records of the results of examinations are maintained.
* Verify the approved WPS pre-heat and post heat procedures are being used.
* Weld joints shall be inspected visually as follows:
* Before welding - for compliance with requirements for joint preparation, alignment and fit-up, and cleanliness.
* During welding - for cracks and conformance to the approved welding procedure.
* After welding - for cracks, contour and finish, bead reinforcement, undercutting, overlap, weld slag on the interior of the pipe and size of welds.
* Visual examination of the interior of the pipe may be performed by any of the remote means allowed by ASME BPVC SEC V, visual inspection

What Does A Certified Welding Inspector Do At Braun Intertec

* Utilizes CWI and performs inspections on structural steel related jobs
* May perform or assist in ultrasonic, radiographic, magnetic particle, liquid penetrant and visual inspections on specifically assigned field or laboratory projects
* Works independently as crew lead on job sites
* Trains assistants on proper processes and procedures
* Prepares reports and other work related documents in a timely and accurate manner
* Understands and utilizes safe work practices

What Does A Certified Welding Inspector Do At Intertek

* Examines inspection records to determine inspection schedule and remedial actions conform with procedures and regulations.
* Examines containers, piping, tubing, and fittings for leaks and for adherence to government specifications for pressure level, design, construction, and installation.
* Examines and tests components and support systems such as relief valves, steam vaporizers, safety devices, electrical equipment, and exhaust systems conformance to standards and regulations.
* Connects test equipment using hand tools and tests calibration of meters and gauges.
* Inspects pipe-joining methods used by other personnel such as fusion and pipe welding.
* Witnesses and monitors work activities, inspections, and testing in accordance with approved quality plans, site surveillance plans, ITPs, procedures, and processes.
* Track non-conformities and monitor/assist in efforts to resolve and close them.
* Conducts inspections to ensure proper preservation of electrical, instrument, and telecom components.
* Conducts and participates in MC/pre-commissioning inspection and reviews of final dossiers.
* Maintains records and prepares reports of results of inspections.
* Produces relevant field quality inspection reports and provides quality metrics.
* Discusses and explains procedures and regulations or need for corrective action with appropriate personnel.
* Evaluates the validity and acceptability of inspection, examination, and/or testing results.
* Performs quality inspections on work currently performed or work that has been recently completed utilizing established checklists and/or other quality related documents.
* Makes responsible decisions in the field for the required work to be accomplished and removes equipment, materials, installations, or the work that failed to meet specifications.
* Monitors job performance and makes independent judgments related to continued quality and safe work performance having authority to halt jobs if necessary.
* Ensures project permitting requirements are followed including pre and post-project notifications.
* Recommends updates/revisions to policies and procedures based on field observations where procedures may not be followed because they are unclear, incorrect, or non-existent.
* Inspects, tests, or measures materials, products, installations, or work for conformance to specifications.
* Measures dimensions, materials, products, installations or work for conformance to specifications.
* Measures dimensions to verify conformance to specification using measuring instruments such as rulers, calipers, gauges, and/or micrometers.
* Inspects construction activities for quality assurance of design and regulatory requirements.
* Conducts special inspections of newly revised procedures and/or newly certified personnel.
* Facilitates the timely and effective resolution of quality issues by serving as a liaison between the QC/QA Manager and/or Foreman.
* Documents and reports inspection findings and construction activities to meet standards, industry practices, and safety and environmental guidelines.
* Communicates findings to crews, supervisors, and management as appropriate.
* Recommends additional training, if deemed necessary, for field personnel based on findings of inspections.
* Coaches supervisors on the content of the inspection form and how to conduct effective inspections.
* Identifies problems and provides recommendations for solutions and improvements and implements changes as approved.
* Ensures Operator Qualifications including the current plastic fusion and/or welding certification documentation are current and in compliance prior to work being performed.
* Other duties as assigned

What Does A Certified Welding Inspector Do At CME Associates, Inc.

* Perform internal and external inspections to determine if weldments and bolts meet the acceptance criteria of a specific code, standard or document
* Interpret regulations, codes and industry standards to apply to daily tests and inspections
* Compile and submit inspection reports, daily
* Perform other construction materials testing and inspection, when necessary

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How To Become A Certified Welding Inspector

Most employers require construction and building inspectors to have at least a high school diploma and considerable knowledge of construction trades. Inspectors typically learn on the job. Many states and local jurisdictions require some type of license or certification.


Most employers require inspectors to have at least a high school diploma, even for workers who have considerable related work experience.

Employers also seek candidates who have studied engineering or architecture or who have a certificate or an associate’s degree that includes courses in building inspection, home inspection, construction technology, and drafting. Many community colleges offer programs in building inspection technology. Courses in blueprint reading, vocational subjects, algebra, geometry, and writing are also useful. Courses in business management are helpful for those who plan to run their own inspection business.

A growing number of construction and building inspectors are entering the occupation with a bachelor’s degree, which can often substitute for related work experience.


Training requirements vary by state, locality, and type of inspector. In general, construction and building inspectors receive much of their training on the job, although they must learn building codes and standards on their own. Working with an experienced inspector, they learn about inspection techniques; codes, ordinances, and regulations; contract specifications; and recordkeeping and reporting duties. Training also may include supervised onsite inspections.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Because inspectors must possess the right mix of technical knowledge, work experience, and education, employers prefer applicants who have both training and experience in a construction trade. For example, many inspectors have experience working as carpenters, electricians, or plumbers. Many home inspectors combine knowledge of multiple specialties, so many of them enter the occupation having a combination of certifications and previous experience in various construction trades.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states and local jurisdictions require construction and building inspectors to have a license or certification. Some states have individual licensing programs for construction and building inspectors. Others may require certification by associations such as the International Code Council, the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, the International Association of Electrical Inspectors, and the National Fire Protection Association.

Similarly, most states require home inspectors to follow defined trade practices or obtain a state-issued license or certification. Currently, 36 states have policies regulating the conduct of home inspectors; a few states are considering adding licensure or certification requirements for home inspectors.

Home inspector license or certification requirements vary by state but may require that inspectors do the following:

  • Achieve a specified level of education
  • Possess experience with inspections
  • Maintain liability insurance
  • Pass an exam

The exam is often based on the American Society of Home Inspectors and National Association of Home Inspectors certification exams. Most inspectors must renew their license periodically and take continuing education courses.

Inspectors must have a valid driver’s license because they must travel to inspection sites.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Inspectors must have good communication skills in order to explain any problems they find and to help people understand what is needed to fix the problems. In addition, they need to provide a written report of their findings.

Craft experience. Inspectors perform checks and inspections throughout the construction project. Experience in a related construction occupation provides inspectors with the necessary background to become certified.

Detail oriented. Inspectors must thoroughly examine many different construction activities, often at the same time. Therefore, they must pay close attention to detail so as to not overlook any items that need to be checked.

Mechanical knowledge. Inspectors use a variety of testing equipment as they check complex systems. In order to perform tests properly, they also must have detailed knowledge of how the systems operate.

Physical stamina. Inspectors are constantly on their feet and often must crawl through attics and other tight spaces. As a result, they should be somewhat physically fit.

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Top Certified Welding Inspector Skills

  1. Procedure Specifications
  2. Coordinate NDE
  3. AWS D11
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Verified welder qualification records and welding procedure specifications compliance.
  • Coordinate NDE personnel, inspect welds, review and organize documents pertaining to work orders.
  • Complied with safety standards as outlined in the company's Health and Safety Handbook and those prescribed by the job site.
  • Perform visual inspection for welding work and approved for visual inspection report.
  • Contract position as part of a team of CWI's for a fabricator of utility poles for power distribution.

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