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How do I become a pressure vessel inspector?

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Asked by: Mindy Mitchell

Two-year degree or certificate in engineering or technology, with minimum of 2 years’ experience and skills in design, repair, construction, operation or inspection of pressure vessels, of which 1 year must be in supervision performance of inspection activities.

How often should pressure vessels be inspected?

once every five years

FREQUENCY OF INSPECTIONS
As a general rule of thumb, pressure vessels should be inspected at least once every five years. An inspection should also be conducted once the vessel is installed, prior to it being put into service.

What is the API 510?

The American Petroleum Institute (API) 510 code addresses vessels after that are in service. It covers inspections of vessels, including what types of testing should be done, and how often. It includes guidance on evaluation of corroded, pitted, or damaged areas.

How do I become an API Inspector?

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR API EXAMINATIONS
Two-year degree or certificate in engineering or technology, with minimum of 2 years’ experience and skills in design, repair, construction, operation or inspection of pressure vessels, of which 1 year must be in supervision performance of inspection activities.

Is the API 510 exam hard?

Usually you need some experience in inspection of unfired pressure vessels for API 510 and the same for process piping for API 570 unless you are an engineer. As a holder of three API certifications and having tested in March for another the test are pretty tough. No thery are really tough!

How much do API 570 inspectors make?

Piping Inspector (API 570) Jobs by Salary

Job Title Range
Job Title:Mechanical Inspector Range:$68k – $128k
Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector Range:$52k – $196k
Reliability Engineer Range:$85k – $125k
Senior Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) Inspector Range:$92k – $135k

How do I get an API 510 certification?

In order to receive the certification, applicants must pass a two part — one closed-book and one open-book — examination. The closed-book test requires candidates demonstrate an everyday working knowledge of API 510 and related documents.

Does API certification expire?

Recertification Overview
API 510 Pressure Vessel inspectors need to apply for recertification every three (3) years.

How much do API 510 inspectors make?

The national average salary for an API 510/570 is $96,021 per year in United States.

How much does it cost to get API certified?

Qualification of Ultrasonic Testing Examiners – Performance Demonstration Exams

Initial Certification API Member Fee Non-Member Fee
TES $570 $730
571, 577, 580 $205 $260
936 $260 $365
SIFE, SIRE, SIEE $205 $315