Certified welding inspector jobs are available in all construction fields, to ensure the safety of welds performed by other welders, with the training and professionalism to assess the quality of work and correct any errors before they become problems.
This career is rewarding in the satisfaction of providing quality service, working better hours and also receiving better pay than the typical welder. The best path to qualify for welding inspector jobs is to start early in your education, taking as many welding and shop courses as possible during high school or those offered by a vocational-technical institute. Make as much use as you can of the school’s tools, to practice and hone your skills. After completing your education, contact various welding shops or companies that employ welders in the course of their product’s construction and seek a position as an apprentice welder. In addition, the school instructors may be able to recommend you for a position. Upon gaining 4 to 6 years of experience, you will qualify for the CWI exam to obtain your certification.
Even better weld inspector jobs, with better pay, are available to the CAWI applicant. To qualify for this certification, you will need several years of hands on training and exceptional knowledge of the welding handbook. The desire to obtain CAWI jobs will normally require attendance at a trade school that supplies the educational requirements for this degree of knowledge. However, there are some states that only require proof of experience and the amount of experience needed may vary by state, so checking the requirements for the state you are interested in seeking a job in this field is a wise step.
Even though this is not a field to be jumped into without training and dedication, these jobs are a securely stable and lucrative occupation. This rewarding career does demand responsibility and great demonstration of skill, but if welding fascinates you, this is an excellent way to pursue a career of welding without all the hard work.