State of Washington Classified Job Specification
PRESSURE VESSEL INSPECTOR 3
Inspects in-service and repairs of boilers and unfired pressure vessels which may include nuclear vessels and piping systems, in assigned area, to ensure compliance with state laws and regulations. Trains and serves as the designated technical consultant for assigned Pressure Vessel Inspectors as required by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Code (ASME). Performs reviews of ASME certified boiler and pressure vessel manufacturers and National Board audits as applicable.
Performs technical training and supervision of assigned Inspectors performing ASME fabrication, alteration and repair inspections as applicable;
Performs annual audits, maintains records, and takes corrective action to assure compliance with all activities of the assigned Inspectors 2, in regard to ASME Code duties;
Provides technical supervision and training of assigned inspectors who perform internal and external inspections of nuclear and non-nuclear vessels and piping systems to ensure compliance with ASME Code, including the use of radiography, magnetic particle, ultrasonic, dye penetrant, eddy current and acoustic omission methods of nondestructive examination; also included are verification of code stamping and data reports and any other code activities required by the Inspector;
Performs annual internal and external inspections of power boilers, and biennial inspections of unfired pressure vessels to ensure compliance with state rules, regulations, and ASME Code; issues inspection certificates;
Checks boilers and pressure vessels for safety valve operation, proper welding, corrosion, erosion, pitting or cracking of heads and interiors of drums or vessels, securing of internal plates and appurtenances, splitting, cracking and blistering of tube ends, cracking, erosion and leakage of combustion space and vessel body;
Performs hydrostatic tests and checks entire boiler or pressure vessel for leakage;
Inspects replacements or installation of new boilers for proper clearances, ladders, runways, exits from boiler room, blow-off tanks, and pressure reducing valves;
Notifies chief inspector when nuclear and non-nuclear vessels and piping systems or boilers fail to meet Code or legal requirements;
Prepares report of defects; prepares reports and correspondence on completed inspections;
Supervises the inspection of and performs annual audits of authorized boiler and designated team leader for ASME triannual reviews of pressure vessel manufacturing plants for compliance with state and ASME Codes;
Performs annual evaluations of direct reports;
Performs other work as required.
Knowledge and Abilities
Knowledge of: state laws and regulations and American Society of Mechanical Engineers Code on boilers, unfired pressure vessels, nuclear vessels and piping systems; safety factors involved in design, installation, and operation of high pressure boilers and unfired pressure vessels, nuclear vessels and piping systems; steam engineering; boilermaking; steamfitting and fluid transmitting systems; strength and stress potentials of metals used in fabrication of boilers and pressure vessels; welding.
Ability to: supervise, train, and provide technical support for inspectors to recognize causes of malfunctioning in nuclear and non-nuclear vessels; high and low pressure systems; develop and maintain satisfactory working relationships with the public; prepare clear, concise progress and inspection reports; conduct failure investigations.
There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.
Seven years of experience in the construction, maintenance, repair, or operation of high pressure boilers (high pressure is 15 pounds per square inch of steam pressure) and unfired pressure vessels as a mechanical engineer, steam engineer, boilermaker, or boiler inspector.
A commission from the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors.
An authorized Inspector Supervisor endorsement ("B" endorsement) from the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors.
NOTE: Positions assigned nuclear vessels and piping system inspections require an authorized Nuclear Inspector endorsement ("N" endorsement) and Nuclear Inspector Supervisor endorsement ("S" endorsement) from the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors.
Class Specification History
New class: 9-10-93
Revised definition and minimum qualifications: 5-14-99
New class code: (formerly 43312) effective July 1, 2007