Welding Inspector job description

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A welding inspector ensures welding work is safe and ready to function as part of the structure or device it is a part of. Job holders also perform a vital role in ensuring safety-at-work regulations are followed and that welders and their workplaces are in no danger.
Individuals applying for such a role are expected to be fully conversant with welding processes such as MIG, TIG, arc, laser and butt with metals, including steel and aluminium for use on tubes, non-tubular bars, plates and tanks. Successful applicants need to be able to work with project quality engineers and follow blueprints and specifications
Successful candidates need to have an extensive background in metal fabrication. Most employers and contracting firms now require incumbents to have passed an on-the-job NVQ evaluation course, hold a current CSWIP certificate and be in possession of a valid driving license.
Salaries for the post range from £20,000 to £35,000 per annum, depending on the location and the amount of travelling required. Positions are available in all industrial and manufacturing areas of the UK as well as on civil construction projects.


The responsibility of a Welding Inspector is to ensure that welding jobs are devoid of visual and structural defects. They check for cracks, spatter or undercuts. They make sure the correct procedure is applied and that the proper equipment is also used. Apart of their job includes conducting stress tests and various assessments to detect any faults. It is important that they perform these functions because of various safety reasons and regulations.
A Welding Inspector usually performs many of the following tasks:
• Inspecting various welding jobs
• Ensuring the correct equipment is being used
•   Setting up mechanical testing appointments
• Generating new welding techniques
•   Checking welding specifications
• Writing up reports


• Accuracy and discretion
• Being able to understand blueprints and drawings
• Being observant and analytical
• Communication and dependability
• Flexibility and problem solving
• Having good eye sight and physical strength
• Information technology and safety
• Supervision and technical planning
• Team work and motivation
• Time and project management


Welding Inspectors can possess several types of qualifications ranging from the Diploma, Associate and Degree level. Many institutions offer technical and vocational courses that will qualify persons for this type of job. These may include:
•    Mechanical Engineering
•    Welding Inspection
•    General Engineering
•    Metal work
There are also certifications in these areas like AWS, CSWIP, HND, HNC or NVQ.

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