Profession welding inspector

Welding inspectors examine the connections and bonds between metals. They utilise visual tools and electrical instruments to inspect and ensure the quality and safety of connections. Welding inspectors ensure that all related welding activities, plans and materials follow the appropriate guidelines, in accordance with safety regulations. In addition to working in the field completing their examinations of welding projects, inspectors spend time in an office setting compiling their reports.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative
  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Welding techniques

    The different methods of welding together pieces of metal using various equipment, such as oxygen-acetylene welding, gas metal arc welding and tungsten inert gas welding.

  • Database quality standards

    Techniques and methods of estimation and evaluation of system quality and overall database quality, as well as the set quality standards and regulations.

  • Quality assurance methodologies

    Quality assurance principles, standard requirements, and the set of processes and activities used for measuring, controlling and ensuring the quality of products and processes.

  • Metal joining technologies

    The various technologies used for the joining and assembling of fabricated metal workpieces.

Skills

  • Use a computer

    Utilise computer equipment or digital devices to facilitate quality control, data management, and communication. Follow instructions given by a computer programme, create computer files or documents.

  • Evaluate employees work

    Evaluate the need for labour for the work ahead. Evaluate the performance of the team of workers and inform superiors. Encourage and support the employees in learning, teach them techniques and check the application to ensure product quality and labour productivity.

  • Ensure fulfilment of legal requirements

    Ensure that all legal requirements are met.

  • Spot metal imperfections

    Observe and identify various kinds of imperfections in metal workpieces or finished products. Recognise the best fitted manner of fixing the problem, which could be caused by corrosion, rust, fractures, leaks, and other signs of wear.

  • Write work-related reports

    Compose work-related reports that support effective relationship management and a high standard of documentation and record keeping. Write and present results and conclusions in a clear and intelligible way so they are comprehensible to a non-expert audience.

  • Liaise with quality assurance

    Work closely with the relevant quality assurance or grading party involved.

  • Ensure finished product meet requirements

    Ensure that finished products meet or exceed company specifications.

  • Record survey measurements

    Gather and process descriptive data by using documents such as sketches, drawings and notes.

  • Set quality assurance objectives

    Define quality assurance targets and procedures and see to their maintenance and continued improvement by reviewing targets, protocols, supplies, processes, equipment and technologies for quality standards.

  • Adhere to organisational guidelines

    Adhere to organisational or department specific standards and guidelines. Understand the motives of the organisation and the common agreements and act accordingly.

  • Analyse test data

    Interpret and analyse data collected during testing in order to formulate conclusions, new insights or solutions.

  • Recognise signs of corrosion

    Recognise the symptoms of metal showing oxidation reactions with the environment resulting in rusting, copper pitting, stress cracking, and others, and estimate the rate of corrosion.

  • Prepare samples for testing

    Take and prepare samples for testing, verify their representability; avoid bias and any possibility of accidental or deliberate contamination. Provide clear numbering, labelling and recording of the sample details, in order to make sure that the results can be accurately matched to the original material.

  • Perform welding inspection

    Inspect and assure the quality of welded metals using diverse testing techniques.

  • Perform sample testing

    Examine and perform tests on prepared samples; avoid any possibility of accidental or deliberate contamination during the testing phase. Operate sampling equipment in line with design parameters.

  • Record test data

    Record data which has been identified specifically during preceding tests in order to verify that outputs of the test produce specific results or to review the reaction of the subject under exceptional or unusual input.

  • Identify hazards in the workplace

    Perform safety audits and inspections on workplaces and workplace equipment. Ensure that they meet safety regulations and identify hazards and risks.

  • Follow company standards

    Lead and manage according to the organisation's code of conduct.

  • Write records for repairs

    Write records of the repairs and maintenance interventions undertaken, of parts and materials used, and other repair facts.

  • Operate welding equipment

    Use welding equipment to melt and join together pieces of metal or steel; wear protective eyewear during the working process.

  • Revise quality control systems documentation

    Revise quality control documents. Read through the documents, editing it, and revise items in the documentation like the numbering scheme, process to create new documents, revision and follow up process, closure of non-conformities, methods for tracking documents, etc.

Optional knowledge and skills

perform tungsten inert gas welding ensure correct gas pressure keep records of work progress ensure compliance with environmental legislation supervise staff create solutions to problems plastic welding draw design sketches monitor manufacturing quality standards mine machinery welding liaise with managers manage emergency procedures non-ferrous metal processing perform metal inert gas welding ferrous metal processing consult technical resources recommend product improvements perform metal active gas welding perform test run technical drawings use non-destructive testing equipment electron beam welding processes