Yard Inspector

Examine various units of vessels during construction.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Yard Inspectors do?

Examines various units of vessels during construction for faulty work quality and compliance with blueprint specifications and Navy standards, using measuring tools: Inspects welded joints for specified fusion. Examines structural units to determine that frames, plates, and foundations are assembled, according to blueprint specifications. Examines installation of machinery and gear, checking on alignment and operation. Checks installation and operation of electrical wiring and equipment. Examines piping and sheet metalwork. Supervises tests on tanks, pipes, and bulkheads.


Should I be a Yard Inspector?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Ice-Guard Inspector, Switchboard Inspector, Yarn Inspector

    How to become a Yard Inspector

    Most Yard 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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