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How Much Money Can I Make as an AWS CWI?

Have you decided to pursue an AWS CWI certification? If this is the case, you have probably spent countless hours doing your research to make sure you meet the requirements.

But of course, what you really want to know is how much money you can make as a CWI. If you want to know, keep reading this article.

What is a CWI?

Before you learn how much a CWI makes, you need to learn a little bit more about the nature of the work.

A CWI stands for a certified welding inspector. CWIs are essential to a variety of construction fields.

CWIs have a number of important responsibilities each day to ensure the quality of a construction project.

When working at a job site, CWIs have to inspect for a variety of things such as compliance with city and state laws, federal safety regulations, and company-specific guidelines.

When a construction project is in full swing, an inspector has to monitor the welding operations to ensure compliance to welding procedures.

If you want to become a CWI, you need 5 years industry experience if you have a high school diploma, if you do not have a high school diploma don’t fret, you can still become a CWI but will need more industry experience. It also helps to have a background in engineering, CWI prep courses, or a similar field.

The American Welding Society offers a certified welding inspector certification you can complete.

Reasons to Become a CWI

Aside from a substantial salary, there are other reasons why many people choose to become CWIs.

For starters, the benefits are great. When you're part of a company, you will receive health insurance, 401k, and other benefits.

If you don't like to stay put in one place, a CWI career might be the right move for you. Becoming a CWI will allow you more freedom and more travel opportunities to choose where you want to work.

Also, when you become a CWI, you never stop learning. You will get the opportunity to learn from professionals and develop your skills further.

How Much Does a CWI Make?

For a lot of people deciding on a specific career depends a lot on the salary. It's no different for CWIs.

The average salary for a CWI pays $72K a year, with overtime included. The hourly rate is about $26.64 an hour. Most reports show CWIs rack up an average of 17 hours of overtime a week.

The salary of a CWI has grown over the past few years. In 2013, the average salary was $58,000 a year. This number was an increase from $38,410 a year in 2012.

Of course, this salary varies by location. Some of the lowest salaries for a CWI reported were $44K a year in the state of Idaho.

Meanwhile, New York and DC have some of the highest salaries in the industry reported between $80k and 83K a year.

Becoming an AWS CWI: The Bottom Line

There's no doubt CWIs can make a decent salary. Salaries depending on location can range from $44K to $83K a year. Not to mention you'll receive competitive benefits and a chance to travel.

Are you interested in obtaining an AWS CWI certification? Look no further.

Let us help you pursue your career with our complete CWI exam prep course.

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Our CWI prep course will ensure you are sufficiently knowledgeable in Nondestructive Testing

knowledgeable Nondestructive TestingI’ve received a lot of concerns from prospective students regarding Nondestructive Testing questions in the CWI exam.

Many who have taken CWI prep courses at other institutions found that the coverage of fundamental NDT knowledge is lacking. I imagine this is because most companies that offer CWI prep courses have instructors who may be knowledgeable in practical welding and visual inspection but may not have an NDT background.

AWS does not expect CWIs to be deftly knowledgeable in NDT methods but the newest version of the exam does expect CWIs to have a basic understanding of Ultrasonics, Radiography, Liquid Penetrant, Magnetic Particle and Electromagnetic Testing since NDT of welds is very ingrained in the CWIs work.

AINDT instructors are not only CWIs with a practical welding background but are also ASNT Level IIIs. I myself worked as a code welder am an SCWI and an ASNT level III.

AINDT not only provides CWI prep courses but we also provide Level I, II and III training for Nondestructive Testing in several methods. Rest assured that our CWI prep course will ensure you are sufficiently knowledgeable in Nondestructive testing.

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Breaking Down How to Use Magnetic Flux Indicators and QQIs

Magnetic particle test pieces will help you maintain your mag particle process by verifying magnetic particle performance. Use to check for mag particle deterioration, to compare different magnetic powders, to verify sensitivity or visibility or to assure field direction and strength. In this blog we look at the primary use of Quantitative Quality Indicators (QQIs) and Magnetic Flux Indicators which are to verify field direction and strength.

Field strength and orientation are key factors in a successful magnetic particle examination. Sufficient magnetic field must be present to form indications on the surface being examined. And because magnetism is directional in nature, only discontinuities that cross the lines of flux will produce leakage fields to form those indications.

Unfortunately, the magnetic field within the part cannot be measured directly. So many practitioners use artificial flaws or test pieces to confirm magnetic field strength. At the same time, artificial flaws can confirm direction since only those orthogonal to the lines of flux will form indications. The most common artificial flaws in use are QQIs and Flux Indicator Strips. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages to consider when choosing the right tool for your inspection.

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Inspecting Explosion-Bonded Cladded Plates

Inspecting Explosion-Bonded Cladded Plates Cladded metals are increasingly being used across a wide range of industries, including oil and gas production, power generation plants, chemical, and even marine ship manufacturing. Cladded metals are mainly used to increase the cost-effectiveness of metal structures while preserving or increasing safety and durability.

Cladded metals

Two or more metals can be used in layers, and they usually complement each other. For example, one layer of metal might provide corrosion resistance, while the other maintains the required structural strength. This type of cladded metal combination is common in the offshore oil industry. Here, thin layers of Inconel® or super duplex alloy can be used in conjunction with carbon steel or stainless steel alloys. In other cases, the use of stainless steel layers on carbon steel structures is a compromise between increasing corrosion resistance and keeping cost at reasonable levels.

Possible metal combinations include titanium/carbon steel, titanium/stainless steel, aluminum bronze/carbon steel, stainless steel/carbon steel, nickel alloys/carbon steel, duplex or super duplex/carbon steel, aluminum/carbon steel, etc. The types of structures that can benefit from metal cladding include tube sheets, reactor vessels, heat exchangers, condensers, and more.

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AINDT Offers Blended Learning

AINDT Offers Blended LearningAt AINDT, we offer a unique blended learning experience to fit your lifestyle. This allows you to rapidly get the training you need to get you started in your exciting new career in NDT. Combining online courses with hands-on training, our blended learning approach sets you up for success. Advantages of blended learning are numerous and include:

  • Abridged on-campus attendance, reducing overall cost.
  • Online courses available on most mobile devices, so you can learn anywhere!
  • Instructors teach right through online classes.
  • Stimulates self-directed learning, time management, and problem solving.
  • Offers great flexibility
  • Tailored to fit your learning style
  • Instructors able to give more individual attention

The benefits are endless, and the careers are, too! With job placement assistance available upon exam completion, AINDT does it all. What are you waiting for? Instructors are waiting to speak with you! Call today: (855) 313-0325.

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Everyday NDT

AINDT offers top-notch training in for an exciting new career in a variety of fields that will always be in high demand. But what IS NDT? Nondestructive testing creates a safer world for all of us in our daily lives. For example, at least 126,696,000 lug nuts were NDT-tested on the 7,918,601 cars sold in the US in 2014. 61,064 structurally-deficient bridges require NDT testing for their 215 million daily crossings. Since 2007, two notable bridge failures occurred in the US due to NDT-detectable problems. Starting to get the picture? NDT testing is used in just about every major field you can think of, including 1,726,359 miles of oil and gas pipeline in the US as of 2013. With 140,000 rail miles in the US, 2014 brought 295 derailments due to structural failure which NDT detects. NDT is an ever-growing field with increasing demand. Billions of airline passengers also benefit from NDT. If you're ready for an important new career in NDT, call today to speak to one of our instructors for more information. Competitive salaries and job placement assistance are all part of NDT. Call AINDT today! (855) 313-0325.

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Non-Destructive Testing and Inspection Market by Technique, Service, Vertical, and Geography

Non-Destructive Testing and Inspection Market by Technique, Service, Vertical, and Geography - Global Forecast to 2022
Source: Research and Markets, June 2016
http://www.researchandmarkets.com/publication/m8ung6o/3750332

"The Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Market is Expected to Reach USD 11.39 Billion by 2022 at a CAGR of 8.30% Between 2016 and 2022"

"The non-destructive testing (NDT) and inspection market size was valued at USD 6.46 Billion in 2015 and is expected to increase to USD 11.39 Billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 8.30% between 2016 and 2022. The base year considered for the study is 2015 and the forecast period is between 2016 and 2022. This report provides a detailed analysis of the non-destructive inspection market based on technique, method, service, vertical, and geography. The demand for NDT is increasing all over the world due to regulations by governments for improving the overall safety of industrial assets, workforce, and the surrounding environment. Non-destructive testing is a process to test defects or discontinuities in materials, components, or assemblies without destroying its serviceability."

Click Here to read and evaluate this Global Forecast to 2022.

If you have questions regarding non-destructive testing or our complete Nondestructive Testing Certificate Program contact an AINDT Instructor today 855-313-0325.

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NDT CERTIFICATION AFTER YOUR MILITARY CAREER, A GUIDE

Press · December 11, 2015

Source: http://www.midgardscientific.com/article/ndt-certification-after-your-military-career/

"It is important that you have a guide to NDT Certification After Your Military Career. The Departments of the Army, Navy, and Air Force each have a career field dedicated to inspecting a variety of components. These inspections are performed in such a way as to not damage or alter the components. Regardless of whether we call this process Nondestructive Inspection (NDI), Nondestructive Testing (NDT), or Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE), the men and women who perform it are all in the same predicament when they leave the Service; they are no longer certified.

Why?

Well, to answer that, we must first be clear about what it means to be certified. A certification is an employer’s way of saying they have vetted your training, experience, and ability to pass some exams, and is willing to assume the risks that are inherent in your work. If you skip steps during an inspection and miss something, you can be held accountable, and so can your employer. Additionally, the certification process is owned by each employer. Just because your last employer certified you doesn’t mean your current employer requires the same level of knowledge and experience. Aside from organizations like The American Society For Nondestructive Testing (www.asnt.org), which offers impartial third-party certifications, every certification you will ever earn will be through an employer. If you are currently serving in the military, your Service is your employer. As a matter for debate, it may be that the military does not provide a guide for NDI / NDT Certification After Your Military Career, due to retention. NDT is lucrative as a civilian and there is no incentive for the DOD to shine a light on the green grass.

You can earn an ASNT Level II or Level III certification (and a few others) as soon you as you are qualified and are able to pass the exams. Your military experience will provide you with a qualifications boost that most non-military technician do not have toward certification. These certifications are good for 5 years. The qualifications follow those found in SNT-TC-1A, which is an ASNT recommended practice titled, Personnel Qualification and Certification in Nondestructive Testing."

Read the entire article here.

Nondestructive Testing Career Information
NDT, Quality Control, and Quality Assurance are vital to the daily function of countless companies and civic-minded organizations. NDT Examinations are necessary to ensure safety and reliability for companies, personnel, products, and the public. Pipelines, bridges, motor vehicles, buildings, aircraft, water craft, power stations, trains, pipelines, oil platforms, and refineries are all inspected using NDT testing methods.

For more information, or to talk to an AINDT instructor, please feel free to call 855-313-0325.

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Vestas to Fill 800 Jobs in Colorado by the End of 2014

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By Adrian D. Garcia 11:36 a.m. MDT July 19, 2014

The Coloradoan reports on the announcement of Vestas Wind Systems regarding the 800 jobs they plan to add by the end of 2014. What industry are these jobs in? The answer - wind energy. An increase in wind energy demand has left Vestas needing hundreds more workers in all of its Colorado factories. 

"Overall, we [Vestas] think these are great jobs and an opportunity for people to join an industry that's got legs and be a part of it for the long term."

"These are new blue-collar jobs. They're manufacturing jobs in a long tradition of blue-collar manufacturing, but they're also high-tech," he said. "We're not building your granddad's windmill. These are modern power plants."

The jobs will help the company meet global demand for wind turbines in 2015 and 2016. Since 1979, Vestas has supplied more than 51,000 wind turbines to 73 countries — 52 percent more than its closest competitor, the release said.


CLICK HERE to read the entire article. 

Interested in exploring a high-tech career in nondestructive testing (NDT)? Contact The American Institute of Nondestructive Testing (Baxter, MN) for information on careers in NDT. Call 855-313-0325 today to talk to an AINDT Instructor. 

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Emerging Growth Markets for NDT


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http://www.ndt.org/news.asp?objectid=50229

The emerging markets for NDT inspection services are Brazil, China, India, and South Africa. Surprisingly, of these markets, China is the smallest. This is due to the trend in China wherein end-user industries prefer performing NDT inspections in-house rather than outsourcing. Similar to the global NDT inspection services market, these emerging growth markets are characterized by a large number of competitors, although most participants are relatively small. 

End-user industries such as oil and gas and power generation are the key drivers. High oil and gas prices have ensured that the operators earn significant revenue. This revenue has been duly invested back into developing the infrastructure in the energy industry.

To read more of the Industry Report,Click Here.

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