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Welders work in a number of different industries including machinery manufacturing, construction, and aerospace. Beginning as a welder, welding inspectors know every type of weld, what is required, and how it must be completed.
Confirming proper completion of a weld is crucial. If an inspector signs off on a weld, then that weld is deemed safe. Job description includes cleaning and degreasing parts, checking grooves, angles, and dimensions for accuracy and inspecting equipment. The know-how to mix and apply protective coatings is needed in order to qualify as a welding inspector.
In addition to completing work in the field, inspectors will also spend time in an office as paperwork is required for each inspection. Success as a welding inspector requires excellent communication skills, an ability to perform physical work, experience with reading blueprints and some computer skills.
The welding inspector certification covers three different areas of the welding industry, including welding fundamentals, practical applications, and welding code application. A certification typically lasts up to three years. Further education is available for re-certification at the end of that time period.
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