Welding Fundamentals (Virtual Access)

Covers Welding Examiner Papers 1 and 3

Available Dates and Locations:
Date: February 23-26, 2021
Earn: 32 PDH
Price: $2595
Course Location:


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 Alberta 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 is also designed to assist 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 virtually participating in all 4 days of the Virtual Access training.

CASTI Learning Advantage (CLA)

This course includes training as described below:

4 Days of instructor-led Virtual Access training held Feb. 23-26, 2021
Estimated 2 Days* of self-directed online learning available from Liquid error: internal

* 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

Self-directed online training lessons are available for sixty (60) days after the final day of the instructor-led Virtual Access training. This timeline allows Welding Examiner exam candidates multiple opportunities to schedule examinations 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 mandatory for exam candidates planning to challenge Alberta Welding Examiner Papers 1 and 3, and 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 Alberta Welding Examiner Syllabus (AB-94) and its relation to a career path
  • Completing WPQ AB-76A and AB-76B forms and PQ Cards
  • Navigating ASME Section II, Part C
  • Navigating ASME Section V
  • Navigating ASME Section IX
  • Navigating ASME B31.3
  • Take-home assignments handed out
    • Review of any previous take-home assignments

Learning Assessment

Learning self-assessment is performed through participation in group discussions, problem solving exercises, and workshops.

Virtual Access

Approximately 1 week prior to the Virtual Access training days, participants will receive an email invitation to join the online meeting. On the scheduled Virtual Access training days, use the email invitation to log in and join the online meeting. [For more information about how to join a Webex Meeting, please visit the Cisco Webex website.]

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.

Useful Links

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.