ASME-AWS Codes and Standards Welding Fundamentals
Remote Online Attendance:
participants attend remotely (from home or workplace) and interact with the live instructor through an online video meeting on the scheduled instructor-led training dates.
*In-Person Attendance is not available at this time. Please continue to revisit this page for updates.
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Participants will be able to:
- discuss common welding/cutting processes using AWS A3.0 and welding variables for ASME Section IX qualification
- describe and draw AWS A3.0 standard weld joint types with examples of ASME B31.3 joint preparation requirements
- identify and describe weld test positions in accordance with ASME Section IX
- identify and locate filler metal specifications and requirements from ASME Section II Part C (AWS specifications)
- recall the safety hazards associated with welding and cutting processes (WHMIS, CSA, AWS, and others)
- identify, evaluate, and learn mitigation techniques for common welding discontinuities using ASME B31.3 examples
- know which NDE methods are commonly used for welds and how they are addressed in ASME Section V
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 help prepare exam candidates for Alberta Welding Examiner (Papers 1 and 2) and CSA W47.1 Welding Engineer certifications. See Welding Examiner Candidates or CSA W47.1 Welding Engineer Candidates below.
Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
Each participant will receive a digital CASTI Certificate of Completion with 32 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for attending all 4 days of the scheduled training.
Course Outline [+]
Introduction to Welding and AWS A3.0 Standard Welding Terms and Definitions
- What assembly is being welded?
- defining welding, weldability, and the weldment using AWS A3.0
- introduction to Quality Management Systems
Welding/Cutting Processes and Qualifying Variables Using ASME Section IX
- Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), ASME Section IX, QW-253
- Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), ASME Section IX, QW-255
- Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), ASME Section IX, QW-255
- Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), ASME Section IX, QW-256
- Submerged Arc Welding (SAW), ASME Section IX, QW-254
- Oxygen Cutting (OC)
- Arc Cutting (AC)
Fundamentals of Weld Joints, Joint Design, and Welding Symbols
- weld joint types (AWS A3.0 Standard Welding Terms and Definitions)
- weld joint design and geometry (AWS A3.0 Standard Welding Terms and Definitions)
- weld joint preparation (ASME B31.3 Process Piping Code)
- tack welding (ASME B31.3 Process Piping Code)
- introduction to overlaying, cladding, and temper bead welding (ASME Section IX)
- introduction to welding symbols (AWS A2.4 Standard Symbols for Welding, Brazing, and Nondestructive Examination)
- weld test positions (ASME Section IX)
ASME and AWS Welding Consumable Specifications
- ASME Section II, Part C - Filler Metal Specifications (AWS A5.x/SFA-5.x Filler Metal Specifications)
- AWS/ASME classifications of welding filler metals and tungsten electrodes
- carbon steel, alloy steel, and stainless steel AWS/ASME filler metals for SMAW, GMAW (FCAW), GTAW, and SAW
Welding Health and Safety (WHMIS, CSA, AWS, Others)
- safe working environments
- hazardous materials and electrical hazards
- fire hazards, burns, and radiation hazards
- fumes and gases
- noise hazards
- confined space hazards
- hazards specific to welding processes
Weld Discontinuities and ASME B31.3 Acceptance Criteria for Welds
- welding discontinuities, flaws, defects, and their ASME B31.3 evaluation
- dimensional discontinuities: surface preparation, tolerances, weld joint mismatch, weld contour discontinuities, convexity, concavity, underfill and concave root surface, undercut, weld reinforcement and melt-through
- structural discontinuities: porosity, inclusions
- fusion discontinuities: incomplete fusion, incomplete joint penetration
- surface discontinuities: cracks in welds, crater cracks, underbead cracks, lamellar tearing and laminations
- defective metal properties
Nondestructive Examination of Welds (ASME Section V)
- VT - Visual
- PT - Liquid Penetrants
- MT - Magnetic Particle
- RT - Radiography
- UT - Ultrasonics
Introduction to Welding Procedures and Performance Qualification
- Part QG General Requirements (for all material-joining processes)
- brief summary of Part QW Welding Articles
- Article I – Welding General Requirements
- Article II – Welding Procedure Qualifications
- Article III – Welding Performance Qualifications
- Article IV – Welding Data
- Article V – Standard Welding Procedure Specifications
Welding Examiner Candidates [+]
Evening tutorials are mandatory for Alberta Welding Examiner, Paper 1 and 2 exam candidates (and optional for all other attendees).
- Review Alberta Welding Examiner Syllabus (AB-94)
- Paper 1 Tutorial: review additional study material and practice exams.
- Paper 2 Tutorial: review additional study material and practice exams.
Required Code Documents
Welding Examiner Paper 1 exam candidates must have:
- ASME Section II, Part C
Welding Examiner Paper 2 exam candidates must have:
- ASME Section II, Part A, Specifications: SA-106, SA-333, SA-312, SA-387, and SA-516
- ASME Section V
These exam documents (with the specific exam code editions and sections) are available for purchase from CASTI.
CSA W47.1 Welding Engineer Candidates [+]
Evening tutorials are mandatory for CSA W47.1 Welding Engineer exam candidates (and optional for all other attendees).
- Review CSA W47.1 Annex A - Suggested Areas of Study for Welding Engineers
- Tutorial: review additional study material and practice exams.
The CSA W47.1 "Suggested Areas of Study for Welding Engineers" are covered by the two following CASTI courses that are approved by the Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB):
- ASME-AWS Codes and Standards Welding Fundamentals (this course), and
- ASME Section IX - Welding Codes and Metallurgy
For more information please see Getting Started: CSA W47.1 Welding Engineer.
- Getting Started: Welding Examiner - Information for individuals new to the program.
- Information on Alberta Welding Examiner Certificate of Competency (ABSA Website)
- Alberta Welding Examiner Syllabus - Form AB-94 (PDF)
- Getting Started: CSA W47.1 Welding Engineer - Information for individuals new to the program.
- CSA W47.1 Fusion Welding of Steel Company Certification
- CASTI Inspector Career Path
About the Instructor
Kimberley Meszaros, (P.Eng, MSc) is a professional materials engineer who specializes in the fields of welding and materials. Kimberley is a BSc and MSc (Materials Engineering - Welded Composite Coatings for Oil Sands) graduate of the University of Alberta and is a certified API 570 Piping Inspector and has been a CSA W178.2 Welding Inspector. She has worked in the Alberta energy sector developing and troubleshooting welding procedures, conducting inspections, consulting on various projects, and has worked in research and development for both private and government organizations. She is the Chair of the ASTM E04.02 Subcommittee on Metallography Terminology and is a member of ASTM A01 Steels, B02 Nonferrous Alloys, E04 Metallography, F42 Additive Manufacturing, and Emerging Professional Committees, as well as an Alberta Welding Optimization Committee (AWOC) member. Kimberley is an Engineering Design sessional instructor in the Chemical & Materials Engineering department at the University of Alberta. She is a subject matter expert and instructor at CASTI, developing training materials and instructing courses related to the codes and standards used in many industries.