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Course QAW-2 SQA Welding Assessor Level 2

Duration: 4 days + 1 day examination

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Course overview:This interactive and practical training course and assessment is geared to provide training, instruction and practical skills development to existing Welding Inspectors or Quality Auditors.

Suitable for:

For existing PCN, CSWIP or AWS qualified welding inspector’s; QA/QC personnel; Quality Auditors or other personnel with experiential/ on the job skills in a Quality/Fabrication environment.

For personnel with limited experience or knowledge of a welding environment it is suggested that the PCN Welding Inspector L2 course is a suitable pre requisite and preparation for this course.

Course content:

Terms, definitions, abbreviations and acronyms; behaviour of welded products; the role and responsibilities of a Quality Assessor- (welding) @ Level 2; Assessment/auditing procedures; practical skills development of auditing; planning of objectives; organizing; measuring performance; hands on experience; case studies; health and safety in welding; assessing the welding and cutting equipment for fitness for purpose; hand on assessment; COMICS assessment; reporting; understanding communication in welding:-weld symbols on drawings and other communication methods; interpretation of design/code requirements; Assessment of manual, semi-automatic, mechanised and automated welding processes; welding process control and deviation from WPS requirements:- application of pre-heat, heat input and interpass temperature controls; measurement of parameters; practicalities; control and assessment calibration and validation of welding plant:- assessment, application and specific equipment requirements; of welding consumables and storage; process control and in process monitoring; application and scope of welding procedure and welder qualifications:- assessment of essential variables and their interaction with range of qualifications;; deviation from welding procedure requirements and tolerances; auditing welding procedure qualification documents; application and identification of essential variables, range of qualification, testing results and re-qualification requirements; interaction of the main qualification documentation; practical assessment of documents; reporting of findings; application of Codes and standards; survey of welding, welding inspection, NDT, QA and QC standards; contractual aspects versus code and standard requirements; assessment of documentation; verification of documents; Hands on experience; Scrutiny of welding qualification documentation; Guided case studies; manufacture and designation of steels and other materials; weldability considerations; controls required to avoid welding problems in steels, stainless steel and aluminium alloys; problems; control of mechanical properties; welding procedure requirements and their understanding; the welding of non ferrous alloys application of non destructive testing; survey of methods and their application to detect specific defects; NDT procedures; Qualification of personnel; assessment of reports; quality requirements for welding – ISO 3834; introduction to the standard; other standards; welding coordination requirements; responsibilities.

Course outcomes:

After the course you will be able to:

  • Understand the terminology used in Quality Assurance and Quality Control of welding activities
  • Appreciate different joint designs/details and compliance to welding procedure specification requirements.
  • Confirm the role, responsibilities and duties of a SQA welding auditor
  • Appreciate the requirements of QA, QC and inspection within a fabrication and welding organisation.
  • Understand the problems and controls required to welding different material types and compliance.
  • Understand arc welding process technology related to Quality Assurance and Quality Control.
  • Appreciate how welding can influence mechanical and metallurgical properties of welded joints.
  • Read welding procedures and understand the content and assess documentation for compliance in relation to the requirements of qualification standards
  • Prioritise common weld imperfections and identify and interpret different acceptance standards.
  • Understand the controls required to avoid weldability problems in welded joints.
  • Appreciate the methodology of welding communication including the correct use of weld symbols
  • Understand health and safety requirements related to welding and assess welding equipment for compliance.
  • Be able to report on the compliance of welded products and offer constructive feedback.
  • Appreciate good house keeping measures in relation to welding, health safety and environmental requirements related to welding
  • *Be able to carryout a welding audit effectively and efficiently (*Subject to existing pre-requisite experience).
  • Know when to establish “expert” help?

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