Certified Welding Inspectors have a wide range of responsibilities, making them one of the busiest persons in the welding field. So what makes becoming a CWI worth all that hard work, and why CWI one of the most popular welding careers? We spoke to long time CWI Jackie Morris and summed up the top 5 reasons to become a Certified Welding Inspector.
A CWI is one of the best paid welding careers available. Depending on where you work, as a CWI you can expect to make around $35 per hour or higher. In fact, Morris said CWIs who are willing to move around the country and work as contractors can expect to find pay at rates as high as $75 per hour.
A choice between $35 per hour and $75 per hour may seem easy, but Morris cautions that “there’s a trade-off.” Non-contractor work pays less, but it’s consistent work and doesn’t require travel. That’s a huge upside for CWIs with families. Plus, working for a company in-house usually means extra perks like health insurance, dental insurance, a 401k and other benefits that more than make up the dollar difference.
CWIs have the best of both worlds when it comes to a choice between stability and adventure, and Morris doesn’t discount contract work’s opportunity for travel. “I like to travel” Morris said, and as CWIs move between contracts, they get to travel all over the country. For Morris, seeing so much of America is one of the best parts of being a CWI.
“You can’t put a dollar figure on some of the people you meet and some of the things you learn,” Morris told AWO. The welding industry is extremely diverse, and during their travels, CWIs get to experience that diversity first hand. Plus, meeting new people means a chance to add new skills to your repertoire along the way. Which brings us to the 5th top reason for becoming a CWI.
The Learning Experience
Morris made sure to stress that being a CWI is a constant learning experience that helps you grow as a person and a professional. “If you think you know it all and don’t have anything else to learn, then you need to try harder because you’re not learning enough.”
Whether you’re looking for stability or excitement, a big payday or strong benefits, or just a chance to work a job that lets you improve yourself every day, CWI is the right choice for you. So how do you become a CWI? In our next blog post we will break down the process and offer some tips to help you get your certification. Until then, we invite you to explore American Welding Online, where you can find online courses, video conferences and other resources to help you advance your career.