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TWI Launches CSWIP Welding Quality Control Coordinator Program

February 15, 2010
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TWI has launched the CSWIP Welding Quality Control Coordinator qualification, a natural career progression for experienced inspection personnel who wish to demonstrate their level of competence in the field of quality control management. TWI has used the title "coordinator" in place of the more commonly used title "engineer," as in some countries the title engineer is legally protected and only used by individuals with specific exemplifying qualifications.

This five-day training package (course four days and examination one day) is expected to start by the end of the first quarter. The content will include:

  • Planning.
  • Inspection test plans (quality plans).
  • Review and acceptance of:
    – Material certification.
    – Mechanical testing reports.
    – Welding procedures qualifications.
    – Welder qualifications.
    – PWHT reports and procedures.
    – Pressure testing reports.
    – NDT reports.
    – As built drawing.
    – Engineering query.
    – Non-conformance reports.
    – Final certification.

    Candidates wishing to take the examination must have the following as a minimum:

  • A current valid CSWIP 3.2 Senior Welding Inspector certification plus three years' documented experience related to the duties and responsibilities or an international equivalent; or
  • A current valid CSWIP 3.1 Welding Inspector with 10 years' documented experience related to the duties and responsibilities or an international equivalent; or
  • When the above requirements are not met, candidates can be assessed on an individual case-by-case basis for entry. (The candidate must show competence and knowledge of subjects covered as detailed below).

    Typical prior knowledge requirements are as follows:
  • Application of the requirements of codes and standards.
  • Use and application of inspection quality test plans/written schemes of examination.
  • Knowledge of quality-related procedures and associated practices.
  • Identification of relevant material, components and associated certification.
  • Awareness of associated manufacturing processes and operations.
  • Knowledge of heat treatment procedures, recording systems and reports.
  • Awareness of hydrostatic test methods, safety and best practice and pneumatic testing.
  • Knowledge of non-
destructive testing and destructive mechanical testing.
  • Health and safety requirements and practices.
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    Charles J. Hellier has been active in the technology of nondestructive testing and related quality and inspection fields since 1957. Here he talks with Quality's managing editor, Michelle Bangert, about the importance of training.
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