Available Dates and Locations:

Course Location:
Holiday Inn Express Calgary University
2373 Banff Trail NW
Calgary AB  T2M 4L2 Canada
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Date: November 27-29, 2018
Earn: 24 PDHs


This is an introductory course to provide the basic understanding of welding and metallurgy as they apply to the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Section IX - Welding Qualifications and related ASME construction codes. To accomplish this objective, the course starts with the fundamentals of welding, weldability, and joint design before covering some common welding processes, followed by a review of the use of ASME Sec. IX for procedure and performance qualifications. Additionally, a review of base metal and welding metallurgy ensures the intent and application of ASME Sec. IX requirements are understood, including a review of sample Welding Procedure Specifications. The last portion of the course covers the welding portions of related ASME construction codes (Section VIII-1, B31.1, and B31.3) and how ASME Sec. IX interacts with each.

NOTE: This course is also recommended as a pre-requisite to prepare exam candidates for the ABSA Welding Examiner and CSA W47.1 Welding Engineer certifications. CASTI offers further training specific to those certifications.

  • ABSA Welding Examiner Papers #1 and #3 Preparation e-Learning Course
  • ABSA Welding Examiner Papers #2 and #4 Preparation e-Learning Course
  • CSA W47.1 Welding Engineer Preparation e-Learning Course

Who Should Attend

Inspectors, welders, welding supervisors, quality control personnel, technologists, and engineers involved with welding procedure and welder qualifications for new fabrication, repairs, maintenance, and inspection of pressure equipment, including piping, vessels, etc. This course is also designed to assist ABSA Welding Examiner, Pressure Equipment Inspector, CSA W47.1 and CSA W178.2 exam candidates.


Fundamentals of Welding, Weldability and Joint Design
  • Defining Welding, Weldability, and the Weldment
  • Weld Joint Design and Preparation
  • Groove welds, tack welding, fillet welds
Welding Processes
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
  • Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW)
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
  • Submerged Arc Welding (SAW)
ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Section IX – Welding Qualification
  • Part QG – General Requirements
  • Part QW – Welding Requirements
    • Article I - Welding General Requirements
    • Article II - Welding Procedure Qualifications
    • Article III - Welder and Welding Operator Performance Qualifications
    • Article IV - Welding Data including P-Number, F-Number, A-Number
Introduction to Steels, Metallurgy and Heat Treatment
  • Intro to Steel, alloys and stainless steels
  • Basics of welding metallurgy
  • Heat treatment of base materials and weldments
Welding Requirements of Construction Codes
  • Review of welding requirements for ASME B31.1, B31.3, and Section VIII Div. 1
  • Relationships between ASME IX, Regulations, and Codes of Construction
  • Weld Discontinuities and ASME B31.3 acceptance criteria

Professional Development

Each participant will receive a CASTI Certificate of Completion with 24 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for attending all 3 days of the live session.

Required Code Documents

All participants must bring the ASME Section IX Code to this class. Copies of ASME B31.1, B31.3 and Section VIII Div. 1 are recommended. A course notebook will be provided to all participants by CASTI.

About the Instructor

Matthew Yarmuch MSc, PEng, IWE is a professional materials and welding engineer, involved in engineering consulting, quality management, research, training and project management. Matthew is a University of Alberta graduate BSc (Materials Engineering) and MSc (Welding Engineering).

Matthew is the president of MattCo Engineering Solutions Inc. and supports the energy, fabrication, and construction sectors. Matthew is an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta and Chair of the Alberta Welder Optimization Committee (AWOC) and is active in code committees and local technical societies.