Wire Inspector

Inspect and test coated or uncoated wires.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Wire Inspectors do?

Inspects and tests coated or uncoated wire for such properties as electrical resistance, hardness, size, cross sectional shape, and tensile strength, to verify their conformance to specifications: Reads written specifications, or receives oral instructions and determines work aids required and inspection procedures. Tests wire for electrical resistance, elongation, and tensile strength, by inserting wire in various testing devices and noting instrument readings. Measures wire for size, using micrometers and fixed gauges. Examines wire for defects, such as pits, scratches, and burnt surfaces. Records test results and informs supervisor when wire varies from specifications. May test wire for defective insulation and resistance to high temperature, using electrical testing equipment and electric heating furnaces. May be designated according to product inspected as Inspector, Wire Rope.


Should I be a Wire 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.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Inspector, Wire, Inspector, Wire Rope, Wiring Inspector

    How to become a Wire Inspector

    Most Wire 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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