Cylinder Inspector and Tester

Inspect gas cylinders to detect surface defects.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Cylinder Inspector and Testers do?

Inspects gas cylinders to detect surface defects and tests elasticity of cylinder walls: Removes valve from cylinder, using wrench or valve-removal machine Inspects exterior and interior of cylinder to detect dirt, rust scale, dents, and arc burns. Fills cylinder with water, seals cylinder and immerses cylinder in water-filled jacket, using chain hoist. Screws fittings and turns valve or starts pump to create pressure that expands cylinder wall. Compares pressure gauge or burette reading with specifications and segregates cylinders that exceed prescribed expansion limits. Stamps test data and company symbol on cylinder. Records test results, cylinder serial number, and test date. May weigh cylinder. May be designated according to size of cylinder inspected as Ton-Cylinder Inspector.


Should I be a Cylinder Inspector and Tester?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Cylinder Inspector, Cylinder Tester, Gas-Cylinder Inspector, Ton-Cylinder Inspector

    How to Become a
    Cylinder Inspector and Tester

    Most Cylinder Inspector and Testers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9zcaaa&chl=no+college+%2869%25%29|certificate+%2828%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,69,69
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