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Successful Career Path of a Quality Control Inspector

Fri, 07 May, 2021

Mohamad Syukri bin Megat Eisa is at TWI to sit for his 10 year renewal examination of CSWIP Welding Inspector. He has been working as a quality control inspector in a pipeline fabrication company at Port Diskson that deals with Japanese clients such as Toyo and JGC.

His role and responsibilities include engineering tasks such as conducting the WPS, WQT, recruitment of new QC inspectors and NDT inspectors for various projects as a subcontractor for Petronas.

Besides the CSWIP Welding Inspector certificate, Megat also holds an NDT certificate of CSWIP Radiographic Interpretation (RI). He explains that, in order to meet the client’s requirement, he needs to hold globally recognised certificates which qualify him for signing projects off.

Megat believes that holding internationally recognised certificates of painting inspector, welding inspector as well as radiographic interpretation are some of the essential qualifications in the oil and gas sector, because these are the basic skills needed in order to be able to deliver the main work in piping fabrication.

He believes that, nowadays, there are many people who attend training and get certified. Therefore, it can be rather difficult for a fresh graduate to directly land a job and compete with the experienced people in the industry.

Megat’s suggestion to fresh graduates who want to get involved in the quality control line is to acquire the basic certificates, like CSWIP 3.0 Visual Welding Inspector, Penetrant Testing (PT) and Magnetic Particle Testing (MT). After working as technician in the industry for a few years and gaining some on-site experience, they can upgrade their qualification to CSWIP 3.1 welding inspector.

“By having an academic qualification it is possible to find jobs, however, holding internationally recognised certificates can drastically increase your competitiveness in the job market and opportunity of landing better positions,” said Megat.

He is thinking of upgrading his CSWIP welding Inspector certificate to senior welding inspector and also take CSWIP painting inspector as a supplement to his qualifications to help with his future career path.

Megat has been working onshore on power plant maintenance and shut down around Malaysia for various clients.

He thinks that, even though the line of his work is financially rewarding, at the same time it is challenging work. Working on different projects requires him to be agile and flexible. Requirements of different projects can be different and that needs the inspection team to perform according to the standard requirements of each client, which can be different from the other ones.

Drawing control, material control, and even NDT inspection are a part of the duties of a quality control inspector. This can be challenging, however, but is something that can make the job interesting and diverse and get you exposed to different situations and contexts that pushes you to learn new things along the way.

Megat aspires to set up his own inspection or consultation services business in the future.

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