ASME Section IX - Welding Codes and Metallurgy
Parts QG and QW
In-Person Attendance at:
Holiday Inn Express
10010 104 Street NW
Edmonton AB T5J 0Z1 Canada
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.
participants attend in-person (at the Holiday Inn Express location) and interact with the live instructor on the scheduled instructor-led training dates.
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.
Learning Outcomes [+]
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.
Learning self-assessment is performed through discussions, problem solving exercises, and workshops.
Required Code Documents
All participants must have a copy of the ASME Section IX code. If you require a copy, it can be purchased from CASTI when you register for the course.
Welding Examiner candidates must have the documents referenced above. (See Welding Examiner Candidates.)
A digital course notebook will be provided to all participants by CASTI (printed hardcopy not available).
- 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
John E. Bringas, P.Eng. is the President and Founder of Codes and Standards Training Institute (CASTI) and CASTI Publishing Inc. He is a professional engineer who has practiced metallurgical and materials engineering, and inspection since 1975. He has also been certified as an API 510, 570, 653, 571, 577, and 580 inspector, an AWS Certified Welding Inspector, an Alberta In-Service Pressure Vessel Inspector and Welding Examiner, and CGSB certified NDE examiner in UT and RT. He is a long-time committee member of ASTM A01 Steels, A05 Coated Steels, B02 Nonferrous Alloys, E04 Metallography, E28 Mechanical Testing, F42 Additive Manufacturing, J01 ASTM/NACE Committee on Corrosion, NACE STG 31 Oil and Gas Production—Corrosion and Scale Inhibition, STG 32 Oil and Gas Production-Metallurgy, STG 34 Petroleum Refining and Gas Processing, STG 35 Pipelines, Tanks, and Well Casings, STG 39 Process Industries—Materials Applications and Experiences, and past Canadian Representative on ISO TC 17-SC 4 (Steels). He is the author of the ASTM Handbook of Comparative World Steel Standards, ASTM Handbook of Steel Data: American and European, ASTM Passport to Steel Database, and the CASTI Metals Data Books. Mr. Bringas has engineering work experience in the steel making, foundry, consulting (failure analysis), inspection, NDE, refinery, pipeline, and petrochemical industries.