May 2, 2014
Q: The company I work for takes on jobs at the last minute, which makes it harder for me to work at the level that the customer requires, especially providing material test reports (MTR). I cannot provide all the MTRs our customer requires. Often we don't get them from our vendor, or parts have sat for so long that they can't be traced. How much trouble can a CWI get into if MTRs cannot be provided to the customer when they are required? Should I walk off the job to protect myself from losing my certification? Do I have a legal obligation because of the code, or does the company?
A: Section 11 of AWS QC1, Standard for AWS Certification of Welding Inspectors, states that the CWI must act to preserve the health and well being of the public by performing duties required of welding inspection in a conscientious and impartial manner to the full extent of his or her moral and civic responsibility and qualification. The CWI must also do the following:
It sounds like you have come to a fork in the road and have some tough decisions to make. I’ve always believed that the reason we inspectors are hired is to save our bosses from themselves. I’d love to have a dime for every time I went home and told my wife, “It’s over. They’re going to fire me.” Strangely, I’m still around. But situations like yours are all too common for the CWI.
You cannot place your stamp or signature on a document you know to be false. Here are a few pieces of advice for you moving forward:
This situation can teach you a lot about yourself. One way or another this will be a career changer. Make it a good one.
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