Are you an experienced welder and want to advance your career? You can become a welding inspector whose job it is to ensure that welding work is done correctly.
Welding inspectors are technical experts who inspect the work of welders to ensure that welded components in buildings, infrastructures and manufactured goods meet required standards and specifications. These specialists analyze fused metals in structures and goods to determine any signs of weakness or defect and to ensure quality and safety. It is their primary duty to inspect welds on completed and in-process tasks and those produced by a welding machine on an assembly line or by human welders.
Welding inspector jobs entail the observation of other welders at work to monitor their technique and performance. They make recommendations for accepting, reworking or rejecting welded work based on their analysis.
There is no formal degree requirement in order to become a certified welding inspector; however, you will need to complete a certification program and exam.
Welding Certification Programs
The American Welding Society (AWS) offers certification for welding inspectors. There are three levels of certification for welding inspectors offered by the AWS: Certified Associate Welding Inspector, Certified Welding Inspector and Senior Certified Welding Inspector. Preparatory welding training for the certification exam is provided by various technical institutes, colleges and trade schools.
- The Welder Training and Testing Institute (WTTI) offers comprehensive training courses to prepare students for the qualification exams in order to become an AWS Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) or Certified Welding Educator (CWE). The intensive preparation course runs for one week, for a total of 40 hours of instruction. The course is taught by AWS Senior and Certified Welding Inspectors with years of experience in welding inspection and teaching CWI test preparation courses for at least 30 years.
- Base Line Data, Inc. offers the Certified Welding Inspector Preparatory Course for individuals who have experience in the design, fabrication and inspection of welding. Night and day classes are available, as well as an accelerated daytime course for students who only have a limited time to devote to their studies. Daytime courses consist of seven 9-hour days while nighttime courses consist of 3- to 4-hour class periods for a total of 70 hours of lecture and hands-on training.
- A Weld Inspection Training program is offered by the Texas International Engineering Consultants where students will learn weld processes; destructive and non-destructive testing of welds; reading and completing weld procedures; welder qualifications and weld inspection standards; reading and understanding common welding symbols on drawings and instructions the symbols provide for inspection; hands-on experience with weld measurement tools; and, identifying actual weld defects.
- The Lone Star College System-North Harris offers the Inspection Certificate Program that adequately prepares students for the AWS Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) examination.
- The Welding Inspection Technology program offered by San Bernardino Valley College is designed to prepare students for the AWS and/or International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) Welding Inspector examination.