Welding inspectors tend to be highly experienced team members. They’re reliable, task-oriented, and capable of recalling all kinds of welding codes. Really, just check out a job listing on the internet to see how much an employer expects of a welding inspector. Essentially, employers demand accomplished staff members. Welding experience is the key, as are the credentials that guarantee joint integrity.
Welding Inspectors Are Project Failsafes
Skilled welders do their job. If that job is done ineptly, the results can’t escape the expert attention of an alert inspector. Alternatively, even if the welder seems to have concluded the job properly, seems to have applied a perfectly finished weld, an experienced and accredited joint assessor sees matters differently. Carrying special dyes and inspection tools, that walking job safeguard is there to make sure all project welds are free of concealed discontinuities. Structured as a “push-pull” program, weld inspectors gain their qualifications by taking two different career paths.
A Discipline That Applies an Adjustable Career Path
Experience is the first of the two job prerequisites. If a prospective company employee has years of engineering and welding experience, they’re already halfway there, at least as long as that experience can be verified by a past employer. Then there’s the second half of the job path, which takes qualifications and special credentials. Featured prominently among those competency-based qualifications, the CSWIP 3.1 Certificate is a highly sought after credential. With a Certification Scheme for Welding and Inspection Personnel in pocket, a welding inspector demonstrates a broad spectrum of knowledge. Yes, welding codes and standards are covered here, plus a tested ability to visually assess a range of joint discontinuities. Just as importantly, at least in Australia, WTIA (Welding Technology Institute of Australia) credentials are always in high demand.
Using that push-pull approach, a job holder could have years of practical experience, then there’d be several years of theoretical knowledge to add to their abilities. Alternatively, many years of engineering theory could combine with several years of practical welding work. Either way, it’s not enough to be an expert office worker, nor can the job be done by someone who’s only worked in the field. Basically, a degree is desirable, but years of onsite experience are every bit as valuable. At any rate, after the experience-to-theory balance is worked out, there are these WTIA credentials and/or CSWISP qualifications, which can take weld inspectors overseas. At minimum, a candidate should hold an AS1796 Certificate 10 ticket. Incidentally, that prerequisite is also covered by the WTIA.