Certified Weld Inspector (CWI) - Starship



Texas, USA
Posted on Friday, April 14, 2023

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  • Perform internal and external inspections to determine if a weldment meets the acceptance criteria of a specific code, standard or document
  • Interpretation of codes and specifications in accordance with the drawing requirements
  • Use a computer to compile and submit data of acceptance or rejection of weld quality, as well as for inter-office communications
  • Recommend and approve repairs as well as performing visual inspection of work in progress and completed work
  • Monitor welding processes such as gas tungsten arc welding, gas metal arc welding, flux cored arc welding, and shielded metal arc welding, and plasma arc welding and assuring they are performed in accordance with qualified procedures
  • Verify and document welder qualifications
  • Verify the compliance of base metals with the applicable specifications
  • Appraisal of welding joint designs and joint preparations for compliance with drawing
  • Verify proper fit, cleanliness, and environmental conditions
  • Verify tack weld quality
  • Verify preheat and interpass temperatures
  • Assure the proper control and handling of welding consumables
  • Verify the interpass and final cleaning
  • Assure the product's conformity to drawings and specifications
  • Verify cleanliness and weld surface quality
  • Oversee NDT examinations, proof, and if required mechanical testing
  • Oversee repair activities
  • Verify the proper performance of post-weld heat treatments
  • Confirm adequate documentation of fabrication and inspection activities
  • Assist in training and developing of other teammates
  • Support the development of NDE inspection techniques for complex geometries
  • Interpret and review engineering drawings as required
  • Interpret, evaluated, communicate and report findings to production and engineering
  • Perform surface and near surface NDE inspections with eddy current, dye penetrant, and magnetic particle inspection methods


  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate
  • Current American Welding Society (AWS) Certified Welding Inspector (CWI)


  • 2+ years of experience in welding inspection as a level II NDE/NDT technician or qualified inspector
  • 5+ years of experience in an occupational function that has a direct relationship to the design, production, construction, or repair of weldments being fabricated to a specified code, other standard, or contract requirements
  • Extensive knowledge of industry standards including AWS and ASME
  • Working knowledge of surface and subsurface NDE methodologies
  • NDE qualifications in MT, PT, ET, RT, UT, or PAUT
  • NDT level II certification in line with ASNT-TC-1A or NAS-410 in ultrasonic testing (UT) including phased array ultrasonic testing (PAUT)


Certified Weld Inspector/Level 1: $21.00 - $29.00/hour
Certified Weld Inspector/Level 2: $26.00 - $36.00/hour
Certified Weld Inspector/Level 3: $31.00 - $42.75/hour
Certified Weld Inspector/Level 4: $36.00 - $49.50/hour
Certified Weld Inspector/Level 5: $41.00 - $56.25/hour

Your actual level and base salary will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may vary based on the following considerations: job-related knowledge and skills, education, and experience.

Base salary is just one part of your total rewards package at SpaceX. You may also be eligible for long-term incentives, in the form of company stock, stock options, or long-term cash awards, as well as potential discretionary bonuses and the ability to purchase additional stock at a discount through an Employee Stock Purchase Plan. You will also receive access to comprehensive medical, vision, and dental coverage, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, short and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation and will be eligible for 10 or more paid holidays per year.


  • This role works Sunday to Thursday or Tuesday to Saturday from 6 AM to 6 PM or 6 PM to 6 AM; must be willing to work all shifts
  • Ability to lift 25lbs. unassisted, bend stretch, stand for extended periods of time, climb stairs, reach, twist, sit, walk, and/or run
  • Must be able to work overtime and weekends as needed


  • To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, applicant must be a (i) U.S. citizen or national, (ii) U.S. lawful, permanent resident (aka green card holder), (iii) Refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157, or (iv) Asylee under 8 U.S.C. § 1158, or be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.

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