• National Median Pay


  • Real Go-Getters Make


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  • 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 & Training

Education and training that can lead to a successful career may include:

Minimum Education

Associate degree in welding, metals fabrication, engineering technology, etc.

Recommended Education

Certificate in welding, metals fabrication, machining, robotic welding, etc.

Advanced Education

Bachelor’s degree in welding, material science, welding engineering, etc.

Recommended Training

Related welding work experience or previously a Certified Welder

Advanced Training

Apprenticeship program

Minimum Certification

AWS Certified Associate Welding Inspector (CAWI)

Advanced Certification

Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) and Examination (NDE) Certifications. Senior Certified Welding Inspector (SCWI)

Preferred Certification

AWS Certified Welding Inspector (CWI)

Essential Skills

  • 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

Work Environment

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.

Top Industries



Power Generation, Oil & Gas Pipelines, Food & Beverage Processing, Heavy Equipment


Automotive, Agricultural, Military & Defense, Maritime, Aviation, etc.


Training, Education, Engineering, Consulting


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