What is a Certified Welding Inspector (CWI)?

A Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) is a qualified professional who verifies that welding, testing, and fabrication operations meet the code and customer specifications. These individuals have met the experience, education, and training requirements required by the Specification for AWS Certification of Welding Inspectors.

The role a CWI plays in welding and fabrication projects varies extensively. Their tasks could include qualifying welding procedures and welders, overseeing NDE operations, advising on code requirements, customer specifications, welding repairs, examination of materials, and weld symbol review. These tasks ultimately contribute to the overall reliability and safety of welded components.

To become certified, individuals must have a combination of education, practical experience, and successful completion of a three-part comprehensive examination. Once certified, CWIs are relied on to help make informed decisions concerning quality, helping to ensure the safety and reliability of the products being fabricated.

Choosing to have CWIs as part of your in-house team, rather than relying on third-party inspection services, offers several advantages:

  • Timely Response and Flexibility: In-house CWIs can respond promptly to inspection needs and are readily available, providing greater flexibility and agility in managing welding projects.
  • Cost Savings in the Long Run: While there may be upfront costs for training and certification, having CWIs on staff can be more cost-effective over time compared to paying for external inspection services for each project.
  • Consistent Quality Control: Staff CWIs contribute to maintaining consistent quality standards by being familiar with internal processes, procedures, and organizational expectations.
  • Effective Communication and Collaboration: In-house CWIs can easily communicate with other team members, fostering better collaboration between welding personnel, project managers, and the quality assurance team.
  • Tailored Knowledge of Company Projects: CWIs on staff have a deeper understanding of the company’s specific projects, allowing them to tailor inspections to the unique requirements and specifications of each job.
  • Continuous Improvement and Training: Staff CWIs can actively participate in continuous improvement initiatives, providing valuable feedback, suggesting enhancements to welding processes, and contributing to ongoing training programs.
  • Streamlined Documentation Management: In-house CWIs can efficiently manage inspection records and documentation, ensuring that all necessary paperwork is organized, up to date, and easily accessible.
  • Increased Accountability and Ownership: CWIs, as part of the internal team, may have a higher sense of accountability and ownership, leading to a greater commitment to ensuring customer and code compliance.

Our team at Goodhart Sons is fortified with the expertise of two full-time Certified Weld Inspectors (CWIs). They are pivotal in upholding the quality and compliance of our welding and finished products. With two dedicated CWIs on board, we ensure a comprehensive and meticulous inspection process, aligning with industry standards and best practices. Their continuous presence reinforces our dedication to delivering projects with quality of the highest degree. This strategic investment in having two full-time CWIs underscores our commitment to our legacy of excellence and quality assurance in all aspects of Goodhart Sons’ operations.

Dave Kriner, CWI