Welding Inspection Job Overview
Those who hold welding inspection jobs play an important role in making sure everyone on a team stays safe and produces high-quality products. These professionals will examine the work welders to make sure the welded structure can handle the task it is meant for. They usually do this through non-destructive ultrasonic testing, which tests for cracks and defects.
Welding inspectors may also use simple tools, such as magnifying glasses and flashlights, to manually inspect an object and check for cold welds and undercuts.
These professionals work in a variety of settings, including construction sites and manufacturing plants.
Welding Inspection Job Education Requirements
Welding inspection jobs require that candidates have a thorough knowledge of welding techniques. Many vocational schools and community colleges offer welding technology courses. Inspectors should have between 3 and 10 years of experience so that they can identify and resolve common welding problems.
Some people in this profession have a specific area of expertise, such as underwater welding or construction welding. These specialties may require extra time to learn.
Welding Inspection Job Market
According to the Service Canada website, "Job prospects in this occupation have not been determined. It is impossible to come to a reliable conclusion regarding the prospects because the number of jobs in that occupation in Quebec is insufficient." However, when the construction industry and other industries that require welding inspectors do well, the demand for welding inspectors is likely to rise.
Welding Inspection Job Salary Information
Welders in Canada generally make between C$15 and C$37 per hour, and it is safe to assume that welding inspectors make slightly more because of their higher level of expertise. Welding inspectors who have a speciality area or a lot of experience can expect to make even more. The pay for welders is highest in the Northwest Territories, where the median wage is C$35 per hour.