ASME Section IX - Welding Codes and Metallurgy
Parts QG and QW
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.
New COVID-19 health and safety policies are currently under review.
Participants will be able to:
- understand the need for safety codes and local jurisdiction safety regulations applied to welding
- navigate ASME Section IX welding qualification code paragraphs to be able to identify the requirements for procedure and performance qualifications
- understand how materials are assigned for ASME Section IX qualifications for:
- base metal P-Numbers, QW-420
- filler metal F-Numbers, QW-432
- weld metal A-Numbers, QW-442
- understand and apply WPS qualification ranges, limitations, and PQR test results of:
- essential variables, QW-251.2
- nonessential variables, QW-251.3
- supplementary essential variables, QW-251.2
- identify and use performance qualification essential variables, ranges, limitations, test results, retests, and expiration dates for:
- welder qualification, QW-304 and
- welding operator qualification, QW-305
- discuss and apply common construction code welding requirements for ASME Section IX WPS qualification using:
- ASME B31.1
- ASME B31.3
- ASME Section I
- ASME Section VIII-1
- connect ASME Section IX WPS qualification requirements with referenced Code Sections for:
- ASME Section II-A base material specifications
- ASME Section II-C filler metal specification, and
- ASME Section V nondestructive examination code
- understand the technical fundamentals for many of the ASME Section IX rules by learning the base metal and welding metallurgies that they are based on, including:
- reasons for preheat, QW-406
- reasons for PWHT, QW-407
- different weldment zones, AWS A3.0
- material test reports
- role of alloying elements, residual and unspecified elements in steel and affect on weldability,
- practice using ASME Section IX through hands-on Workshop exercises.
Who Should Attend
Inspectors, welders, welding supervisors, quality control personnel, technologists, and engineers involved with new welding procedure and welder qualifications 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 3 and 4) 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 [+]
Alberta Safety Codes Acts
- Overview of Pressure Equipment Safety Regulations and Pipeline Codes in Canada
- Overview of CSA, ASME and related Codes for New Construction and In-Service Integrity
- Overview of Pressure Welders Regulation
General Review of ASME IX
- Detailed Review of Part QG – General Requirements
- Detailed Review of Part QW - Welding Articles
- Article I – Welding General Requirements – QW-100
- Test Positions and Specimen Removal
- Tests: Tension, Guided-Bend, and Impact Specimens, and Acceptance Criteria
- P-Numbers QW-420, F-Numbers QW-430, and A-Numbers QW-440
- Article II – Welding Procedure Qualifications – QW-200
- WPS and PQR Content, Changes, and Responsibilities (minimum requirements)
- Welding Variables for WPS Qualification
- How to use WPS Variable QW-250 Tables for SMAW, SAW, GMAW, and GTAW
- Article III – Welder and Welding Operator Performance Qualifications (WPQ) – QW-300
- Intent of Tests and Specimen Removal
- Qualification by Mechanical Tests and Volumetric NDE, QW-302
- How to use Welder Performance Essential Variable QW-350 and QW-416 Tables for SMAW, SAW, GMAW, and GTAW
- Retests, Expiration, and Renewal of Qualification
- Alberta Welders Regulations
- Welder Performance Qualification Cards in Alberta
- Expiration and Renewal of Qualification
- Welding Operator Performance Essential Variables, QW-360
- QW-423 Alternate Base Materials for Welder Qualification
- How to Correctly Assign P-Numbers for Welder Performance Qualification Based on ABSA Guidelines
- Article IV – Welding Data – QW-400
- QW/QB-422 Table: Ferrous and Nonferrous P-Numbers Grouping of Base Metals for Qualification
- QW-451 Tables: Procedure Qualification Thickness Limits and Test Specimens
- QW-452 Tables: Performance Qualification Thickness Limits and Test Specimens
- QW-461.9 Table: Performance Qualification – Position and Diameter Limitations
- AB-76A and 76B Welding Documentation Forms
- Article V – Standard Welding Procedure Specifications (SWPS) – QW-500
- Article I – Welding General Requirements – QW-100
- Steel Products Using ASTM Standards
- Steel Metallurgy and Heat Treatment Using ASTM Standards
- Steel Welding Metallurgy
Workshop #1: ASME Section IX, Table QW/QB-422, P-No. and Group No.
- Each attendee will develop the basis for establishing P-No. 1, Groups 1 to 4 as they appear in Table QW/QB422 by comparing base metal chemical composition, weldability, and mechanical properties.
- This workshop will be reviewed several times during the course to further explain ASME Section IX requirements.
Workshop #2: Reviewing and Understanding Test Results for Procedure Qualification (QW-483)
- Review a set of test results including:
- ASME Section IX requirements for Test Reports
- ASME Construction Code Requirements versus ASME IX Requirements
Workshop #3: Practicing with ASME Section IX, Section I, Section II Parts A and C, Section VIII-1, B31.1, and B31.3
- As an exercise as part of developing a new WPS, each attendee will participate in this workshop to practice using:
- ASME Section IX
- Base Metal Specifications: ASME Section II Part A
- Filler Metal Specifications: ASME Section II Part C
- Construction Codes: ASME Section I, Section VIII-1, B31.1, and B31.3
- At the completion of the Workshop, the instructor will interact with all attendees by discussing each Welding Variable, Filler Metal Selection, and Construction Code requirements as they relate to developing a WPS.
Welding Examiner Candidates [+]
Evening tutorials are mandatory for Alberta Welding Examiner, Paper 3 and 4 exam candidates (and optional for all other attendees).
- Review Alberta Welding Examiner Syllabus (AB-94)
- Paper 3 Tutorial: review additional study material and practice exams.
- Paper 4 Tutorial: review additional study material and practice exams.
Required Code Documents
Welding Examiner Paper 3 exam candidates must have:
- ABSA Sample Quality Control Manual for the Performance Qualification Testing of Pressure Welders
- ASME Section V
- ASME B31.3, Chapter VI
Welding Examiner Paper 4 exam candidates must have:
- ASME Section I, Part PW
- ASME Section VIII, Division I, Parts UG, UW, UCS, UHA, UHT
- ASME B31.1, Chapter V
- ASME B31.3, Chapter V
- National Board Inspection Code, Part 3, Section 2
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 Section IX - Welding Codes and Metallurgy (this course), and
- ASME-AWS Codes and Standards Welding Fundamentals
For more information please see Getting Started: CSA W47.1 Welding Engineer.
Required Code Documents
All participants must have a copy of the ASME Section IX Code.
Welding Examiner candidates should reference the additional documents required in the Welding Examiner Candidates section above.
- 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.