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Plant Inspection

Introduction

Plant inspection is an interesting and diverse role. As a CSWIP plant inspector, you will act as the primary interface between inspection and an integrity engineering team to manage and report on the status of all in-progress inspection, integrity and corrosion monitoring activities at a plant.

You will review inspection reports, isometrics, vessel general arrangements and P and ID drawings.

There are very few level 2 and 3 plant inspectors so becoming a CSWIP Plant Inspector means that you would be joining an elite group of professional engineers.

What is the difference between a welding inspector and a plant inspector?

In simple terms, a plant inspector must have both welding inspection and NDT qualifications. You must also be familiar with the range of different process equipment (pressure vessels, pipelines and storage tanks) and degradation mechanisms that will have an effect on fitness-for-purpose. For more details, view the career map.

What kind of role will I be able to get once I pass CSWIP Plant Inspection Level 1?

Your role would normally involve a certain amount of supervision along with direct inspection of pressure equipment, storage tanks and pipelines in accordance with the respective codes and standards.

Some plant inspectors may find careers in the insurance industry with companies like Lloyd's, Zurich and Allianz.

Once I have passed CSWIP plant inspection at level 1, what are my options for advancement?

Once you have gained CSWIP Plant Inspection level 1, the next stage would be to progress onto level 2 and ultimately level 3; study/knowledge based on the topics shown on the career map and offered in a modular format.

What qualities should a plant inspector have?

As a supervisory role, a plant inspector requires a high level of qualification and experience but there is also a strong need for diplomacy and decision-making, which means that you can usually command an attractive salary, often with additional company benefits.