Introduction to Welding Processes, Inspection, and Metallurgy Using API RP 577

Online Course with e-Instructor Support

Earn: 8 CPD hours
Price: $500

Course Description

This course is instructionally designed for inspectors, engineers, and other personnel who want to learn more about welding processes, inspection, and metallurgy, as described in API Recommended Practice 577. This course will also assist API 577 ICP exam candidates preparing for the certification examination.

Online lessons are available for six months from the date of registration.

Learning Outcomes

Participants who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • identify and apply API RP 577 standard terminology;
  • recall the inspector tasks associated with welding inspection;
  • describe the common welding processes including advantages and limitations of each process;
  • explain how welding procedure specifications (WPS) and welder performance qualifications relate to ASME Section IX;
  • recall where common weld discontinuities are found during inspection;
  • list the nondestructive examination (NDE) methods commonly used during weld inspection;
  • recall the reasons for preheating and postweld heat treating welds;
  • explain how to assess the weldability of a variety of alloys; and
  • recall common refinery and petrochemical plant welding issues.

Who Should Attend

This e-learning course is designed for inspectors, QA/QC personnel, engineers, tradespeople, and others working for plant owners, pressure equipment manufactures and repair organizations, engineering procurement and construction companies in oil and gas industries (oilfield, upgraders, refineries, etc.), chemical plants, petroleum refining, petrochemical plants, power plants, pulp and paper plants, fertilizer plants, and others.

Course Outline

The following topics are covered in this course:

Introduction to Welding Processes, Inspection, and Metallurgy Using API RP 577
  • introduction to standard terminology based on API RP 577
Welding Inspection
  • tasks prior to welding
    • drawings, codes and standards
    • NDE information
    • materials
    • weld preparation
  • tasks during welding operations
    • welding parameters and techniques
    • weldment examination
  • tasks upon completion of welding
    • appearance and finish
    • NDE review
    • postweld heat treatment
  • non-conformances and defects
    • repair welds
  • NDE examiner certification
  • safety precautions
Welding Processes
  • shielded metal arc welding (SMAW)
  • gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW)
  • gas metal arc welding (GMAW)
  • flux cored arc welding (FCAW)
  • submerged arc welding (SAW)
  • stud arc welding (SW)
  • plasma arc welding (PAW)
  • electrogas welding (EGW)
  • welding process advantages and limitations
Welding Procedures, Welding Materials, and Welder Qualification
Non-destructive Examination
  • discontinuities
  • materials identification
  • visual examination (VT)
  • magnetic particle examination (MT)
  • alternating current field measurement (ACFM)
  • liquid penetrant examination (PT)
  • eddy current examination (ET)
  • radiographic examination (RT)
  • ultrasonic exmination (UT)
  • hardness testing
  • pressure and leak testing (LT)
  • welding metallurgy
  • physical properties and mechanical properties
  • preheating and postweld heat treatment
  • metallurgy and weldability including weld crack tests
    • weldability of carbon and alloy steels
    • austenitic stainless steels
    • weldability of nickel alloys
Refinery and Petrochemical Plant Welding Issues
  • hot-tapping and in-service welding
  • lack of fusion with GMAW-S welding process
  • caustic service
Electrode Identification and Filler Metal Selection
  • shielded metal arc welding electrodes
  • gas tungsten arc welding electrodes
  • gas tungsten arc welding electrodes and gas metal arc welding filler wire
  • flux cored arc welding electrodes
  • submerged arc welding electrodes and fluxes
  • filler metal selection

e-Instructor Support

CASTI e-Instructor provides support for any questions about the online course content.

Learning Self-Assessment

Practice problems throughout the course content are graded to allow self-assessment of student learning. Grades are reported at the completion of each lesson within the online content. Answer keys include references to the corresponding sections of API RP 577.

Required Code Documents

The API RP 577 document is required to complete this course. If you require a copy, it can be purchased from CASTI when you register for the course.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Hours

Participants will receive a digital CASTI Certificate of Completion, awarding 8 CPD hours, for successfully completing all online lessons. Note: CPD (Continuing Professional Development) hours are equivalent to PDH (Professional Development Hours).

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