Mechanical Inspector

Inspect processing and storage tanks, pipelines and fittings.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Mechanical Inspectors do?

Inspects processing and storage tanks, pipelines and fittings, stills, towers, and pumping units for defects, following specified inspection procedures: Examines mechanical installations, instrumentation, valves, and fittings for defects, such as cracks, corrosion, and leaks. Measures thickness of tank walls, tower walls, and pipelines, using calipers and electronic instruments, to determine extent of corrosive damage. Drills test holes in tank and tower walls to take samples of corrosive deposits and verify extent of damage. Installs probes and other instruments in tanks and towers to obtain samples of corrosive deposits and to measure rate of corrosion. Computes rate of corrosion from laboratory analysis of probe samples, using mathematical tables and charts. Reports need for immediate repairs to mechanical department. Prepares inspection reports to indicate nature of repairs and replacements required and to specify safe limits of temperature and pressure to follow pending repair of unit. Inspects construction and installation of new mechanical equipment for conformity to specifications. May inspect operating condition of firefighting equipment. May be designated according to equipment inspected as Still And Tank Inspector.

Should I be a Mechanical Inspector?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Inspector, Mechanical, Motor-Inspection Mechanic

    How to become a Mechanical Inspector

    Most Mechanical Inspectors 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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