Available Dates and Locations:

Course Location:
Holiday Inn Express
10010 104 Street
Edmonton AB  T5J 0Z1 Canada
Book Accommodations with CASTI Room Rate
Date: June 11-14, 2019
Earn: 32 PDHs
Price: $2395


This course will introduce fundamental welding principles, examine arc welding processes, review steel metallurgy, heat treatment, and non-destructive examination. Various workshops will review the processes for development / review of welding procedure specifications (WPS) using ASME Section IX and related ASME Pressure Equipment Codes. “Hands-on” visual examination of weld samples will provide practical experience to evaluate weld flaws to ASME Code requirements. This course is an excellent learning experience for people seeking general knowledge in welding engineering principles and detailed understand of welding procedure development, review and practical implementation.

Who Should Attend

Inspectors, welders, welding supervisors, quality control personnel, technologists, and engineers involved with welding for new fabrication, repairs, maintenance, and inspection for pressure vessel or piping. This course is also designed to assist Alberta Welding Examiner applicants, although it is not a prerequisite that you be an exam candidate.

Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

Each participant will receive a CASTI Certificate of Completion with 32 Professional Development Hours for attending all 4 days of the classroom training.


  • Fundamentals of Weld Quality, Weld Joint Types and Design Considerations
  • Review of Common Arc 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)
  • Introduction to Welding Regulations and Code Requirements
  • ASME Section IX
    • Part QG General Requirements
    • Part QW Welding Reqirements
    • Article I General Requirement, including test specimens and test types
    • Article II – Welding Procedures
    • Article III – Performance Qualification Requirements & PQ Cards
    • Article IV – Welding Data
    • P-Number, F-Number, A-Number
    • P-No. Workshop
  • ASME Section IX (cont.)
    • Recap of WPS/PQR/WPQ requirements
    • WPS/PQR Review Workshop
  • Intro to Steels, Metallurgy, grain size, CE, and Heat Treatment
  • Overview of Welding Requirements in ASME Code
    • ASME B31.1, B31.3, and Section VIII-Div. 1
  • Non-destructive examination per ASME Section V
  • Weld Discontinuties using ASME B31.3
  • Hands-on weld flaw examination Workshop
  • WPS Development Workshop: ASME IX and B31/VIII construction Codes

Exam Preparation – Afternoon Tutorials:

Welding Examiners:

The extra tutorial will prepare candidates for the ABSA Welding Examiner Papers, by completing the following:

  • General overview of Paper #1 (Welding Processes and Filler Metals) and Paper #2 (Metallurgy and Materials).
  • Detailed review of Paper #3 (Quality Control and Weld Evaluation) and Paper #4 (Regulations and Codes) – including sample exam questions.

Welding Engineers:

Additional online CASTI courses are required to satisfy all knowledge requirements. The online course content is approved by the Canadian Welding Bureau to qualify candidates for the knowledge requirements (Clause 6.4.3) of the CSA W47.1 Welding Engineer.

Afternoon Tutorials:

Required for all exam candiates; strongly recommended for general knowledge students:

  • Tuesday: CSA W47.1 Welding Engineer review tutorial ~ 30 minutes.
  • Wednesday: Papers #1 and #2 general review tutorial ~ 30 minutes. Assignment of Paper #3 and #4 homework.
  • Thursday: Paper #3 and #4 detailed review, including full review of WPS/PQR tutorial ~30-60 minutes.

Required Code Documents

All participants must bring the ASME IX: Parts QG and QW only, and ASME B31.3 Code to this class. 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.