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Steps involved with CWB certification

You may have recently read my blog, “CWB certification, is it right for our company?”, or you may just be trying to figure out if your company needs to become CWB certified.

After being in the industry for 19 years working with companies to become CWB certified, I think I am finally figuring out the steps involved.  The caveat to this is, things often change, but I offer you a guide line and resources.

The first step to CWB Certification is to determine if your company will be Division 1, 2 or 3.

    • Division 1 is typically a company which builds bridge and has the following:
        • Full time welding engineer, overseeing welding program.
        • Welding supervisor
        • Qualified welders
        • Quality control program including approved welding data sheets and welding procedure specifications.

structural Steel fabrication

    • Division 2,  typically is a company that fabricates or erects structural steel or fabricates structural components and has the following:
        • Retained welding engineer, overseeing welding program.
        • Welding supervisor
        • Qualified welders
        •  Quality control program including approved welding data sheets and welding procedure specifications
    • Division 3 is a company that would sub-contract work from a Div 1 or 2 company and would have the following:
        •  Welding supervisor
        • Qualified welders
        • Quality control program including approved welding data sheets and welding procedure specifications.
        • This company DOES NOT have a welding engineer overseeing their welding program.

In order to proceed with CWB Certification a Welding Supervisor must be in place.  The Welding supervisor performs the following tasks:

        • oversees the day to day operations on the welding program,
        • ensures appropriate welding data sheets are prepared for upcoming projects
        • ensures that all the forms are submitted to the CWB and coordinates with your local CWB representative.
        • Meets with the Engineer regarding the welding program
        • Ensures welders are qualified for the processes and materials they are working on

There will be other duties and responsibilities for this position, check out CSA W47.1 (CSA W47.2) for more information.

 

You are now set to start your CWB certification process:

1.    If your company does not have a Qualified Welding supervisor on staff, identify who fills the role as out lined above and sign them up for the CWB offers courses to accredit qualified personnel. Check out their on line course catalog: http://eng.cwbgroup.org/Training/Pages/CourseCalendar.aspx

2.   Determine what materials, processes and thickness of material the company is currently working with and develop an outline of what welding data sheets will be required. – Your welding engineer can assist you with this.

3.  Contacting a welding engineer is only required for a Division 2 company, and Division 3 company.  The welding engineer should be able to work with you through what processes and procedures you require. Pankratz Engineering and their team would be happy to work with you on this!

4.  If the company does not currently have qualified welders, be sure to start scheduling welders for qualification testing. Much of the welder testing can be done during your first audit, but additional testing can be arranged at a test centre, such as AXIS Inspection Group Ltd.  You can also order your test plates from AXIS for all your in house testing.
Data Sheets will be either:

      • Pre-Qualified: Meaning that the essential variables are already tested and found to be acceptable for the joint configuration required.
      • Procedure Testing: Indicates that the essential variables are being tested for the first time to ensure the results that are required are being met.

As I said at the beginning of this blog, I have been doing this for 19 years, and I still need a flow chart to keep track of what all needs to be done.  If this is new to you, we are here to work with you, to ensure success!  Give us a call or e-mail, we look forward to working with you!

Until next week,

Bonnie