Welding Fundamentals

Covers Welding Examiner Papers 1 and 3

Date: September 27-30, 2021
Earn: 32 PDH
Price: $2595
Remote Online Attendance
In-Person Attendance at:
(COVID-19 permiting)*
Holiday Inn Express
10010 104 Street NW
Edmonton AB T5J 0Z1 Canada
Book Accommodations with CASTI Room Rate

Attendance Options

Remote Online Attendance:
participants attend remotely (from home or workplace) and interact with the live instructor through an online video meeting on the scheduled classroom training dates.
In-Person Attendance:
participants attend in-person (at the Holiday Inn Express location) and interact with the live instructor on the scheduled classroom training dates.
*Note: If health and safety concerns preclude In-Person Attendance, you will be notified and transferred to Remote Online Attendance.


This course will introduce some common welding and cutting processes, AWS filler metal specifications, types of welding discontinuities and the related ASME Section V requirements for NDE, as well as the QA systems necessary for welder performance qualification as described in the Welding Examiner Syllabus for Papers 1 and 3. This course is also an excellent learning experience for people seeking general knowledge in welding and related NDE.

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 will also help prepare exam candidates for Alberta Welding Examiner Paper #1 and Paper #3, although it is not a prerequisite that you be an exam candidate.


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

CASTI Learning Advantage (CLA)

This course includes training as described below:

4 Days In-classroom held Sept. 27-30, 2021
Estimated 2 Days* Post-classroom E-Learning available from Oct. 3, 2021

* Estimate based on the average time required by past students to complete online training. Your personal skill and experience levels will determine the actual time required to complete this work

Post-classroom online training lessons are available for sixty (60) days after the final day of the in-classroom training. This gives any candidate wanting to take the Welding Examiner Papers multiple examination opportunities at ABSA.

Course Outline

Fundamentals of Weld Joints, Joint Design, and Welding Symbols
  • Quality Management Systems
  • Defining Welding, Weldability, and the Weldment
  • Weld Test Positions, Weld Joint Types
  • Weld Joint Design and Geometry
  • Weld Joint Preparation (ASME B31.3)
  • Tack Welding
  • Introduction to Overlaying, Cladding, and Temper Bead Welding
  • Introduction to Welding Symbols
Welding and Cutting Processes
  • Welding Terms and Definitions
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
  • Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW)
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
  • Submerged Arc Welding (SAW)
  • Oxygen Cutting (OC)
  • Arc Cutting (AC)
Welding Consumables
  • ASME Section II, Part C - Filler Metal Specifications
  • Fundamentals of Welding Filler Metals and Tungsten Electrodes
  • Carbon steel, alloy steel, and stainless steel filler metals for SMAW, GMAW (FCAW), GTAW, and SAW
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
Alberta Pressure Welders Regulation and Sample ABSA Quality Management System Manual
Welding Health and Safety
Weld Examination Workshop Using Steel Specimens and Inspection Tools
  • Discontinuities Terminology - Differences Between Different Codes and Standards
  • ASME Section IX - Bend Test Evaluation
  • Weld Specimen Discontinuities and ASME B31.3 Evaluation
    • Tack Welds in Plate, Pipe, and Flare Joints
    • Fillet and Groove Welds in Plate and Pipe
Evening Tutorials

Evening tutorials are provided for exam candidates planning to challenge Alberta Welding Examiner Papers 1 and 3, or the CSA W47.1 Exams for the Welding Engineer. Evening tutorials are optional for all other attendees. Be prepared for 1 hour on Days 1 and 2, and for up to 3 hours on Day 3.

  • Explanation of the CSA W47.1 requirements for the Welding Engineer Candidate
  • Explanation of Alberta Welding Examiner Syllabus (AB-94) for Paper 1 and Paper 3 Candidates
  • Completing and Reviewing WPQ AB-76A and AB-76B forms and PQ Cards
  • Study Guidance and Tips for Paper 1 and Paper 3 Candidates

Required Code Documents

For participants not writing the Welding Examiner examinations, ASME code documents are not required. For those who are writing the Welding Examiner exams:

These code documents can be purchased from CASTI. Exam document packages with the specific code editions and sections required for Paper #1 and Paper #3 are also available through CASTI.

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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.