Welding Inspector Specialist



McGregor, TX, USA
Posted on Saturday, February 3, 2024

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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
  • Properly interpret 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
  • Pay attention to detail and be capable of recommending and approving repairs as well as performing visual inspection of completed work
  • Select or develop Welding Procedure Specifications and complete Welder Qualification Records
  • Apply industry standards or internal requirements to inspections, as directed and based on site needs
  • Use theodolite and other tools to assist and/or confirm layout
  • Perform other related duties, as assigned, for the purpose of ensuring an efficient and effective work environment


  • Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) certification
  • 5+ years of experience in weld inspection
  • 3+ years of experience in structural or pipe fabrication and welding
  • Experience working with nondestructive examination (NDE) methodologies and ultrasonic testing (UT) inspections


  • Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Excel
  • The American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) level II certifications in magnetic particle inspection (MT)/ultrasonic testing (UT)/visual welding inspection (VT)
  • Extensive knowledge of industry standards including American Welding Society (AWS) and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • D1.1 endorsement preferred
  • 5+ years of experience with oxy acetylene, fitting, arc gouging and electronic welding equipment
  • General mechanical skills in concrete, machining, and alignment/setting
  • Knowledge of welding techniques, metallurgy, and engineering requirements
  • Knowledge in standard tools, materials, motions, and practices of the welding trade
  • Knowledge in ferrous and non-ferrous metals in relating to welding and brazing
  • Knowledge in occupational hazards and effective safety precautions of the trade
  • Use of precision measuring instruments
  • Ability to rapidly change roles/responsibilities while working in a high-paced, challenging work environment
  • Familiarity with various aerospace materials, such as, Aluminum (6061 and 2219), various grades of Stainless Steel, Inconel, Monel, etc.


  • Must be willing to travel up to 50% to remote sites for initial build and upgrades
  • Must be available for overtime and weekends as the schedule varies depending on site operational needs; flexibility is required
  • Typically exposed to work in extreme outdoor environments- heat, cold, rain
  • Ability to perform job duties that require standing, kneeling, crouching, twisting upper body, and lifting (up to 25 lbs. unassisted) and able to work on ladders/lifts at elevated heights (up to 300 feet)


Pay range:
Welding Inspector Specialist/Level 1: $21.00 - $40.00/hour
Welding Inspector Specialist/Level 2: $33.50 - $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.


  • 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.

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

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