Jobs in Welding
Welding Inspectors employ their extensive knowledge of welding processes, test methods, discontinuities, materials, qualifications, and standards to ensure that weldments and welding-related activities comply with all applicable quality and safety criteria.
The role of the Welding Inspector is critical to the safety and structural soundness of the vast number of buildings, vehicles, machinery, and consumer products that require strong, secure welds.
- Review and approve welding procedures
- Verify welder and welding procedure qualification compliance
- Verify safety requirements compliance
- Develop visual inspection procedures and provide NDE inspection planning/scheduling
- Review contract requirements and vendor/contractor compliance
- Develop, implement, or oversee quality control programs and measures
Education and training that can lead
to a successful career may include:
Associate degree in welding, metals fabrication, engineering technology, etc.
Bachelor’s degree in welding, material science, welding engineering, etc.
Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) and Examination (NDE) Certifications. Senior Certified Welding Inspector (SCWI)
Certificate in welding, metals fabrication, machining, robotic welding, etc.
Related welding work experience or previously a Certified Welder
AWS Certified Associate Welding Inspector (CAWI)
AWS Certified Welding Inspector (CWI)
Skill Spotlight: Non-Destructive Testing & Examination
Welding inspection often involves using different methods of non-destructive testing. In fact, many welding inspectors have a strong background or even hold non-destructive testing certifications to perform their job or to obtain advanced career opportunities. To learn more about NDT/NDE watch the video.
- Organized and detail oriented
- Proficient computer skills
- Highly motivated, self-directed, and strong leader
- Effective written and verbal communication
- Knowledgeable of weld discontinuities, materials, weldability characteristics, and filler metals
- Interpret drawings, blueprints, and engineering documents
Many welding inspectors work in a variety of environments both inside and outside of the office that may include; manufacturing facilities, training centers, fabrication shops, and active constructions sites. Travel may be minimal or extensive given the nature of the work.
The heat map below showcases the total number of job postings for Welding Inspectors in the last twelve months by state. As shown, the darker the color of the state, the higher the concentration of job postings. The heat map is intended to provide insight into areas where Welding Inspector careers are currently in demand.