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trouble with my 6g and 6gr caps 
i am having trouble with my caps on the 6g and 6gr stick tests? could someone describe the proper rod angles all the way around? i have alot riding on …

1" Flat Double Bevel 1/16" FC wagon tracks help please 
I recently took a practice test with 1/16" wire Lincoln 71M Fluxcore on a 1" double bevel with 1/4" gap and 1/4" backing in the flat position. After cutting …

does anyone has experience welding thermocopuples with P91 pipes? 
Hello All I need to weld wires of thermocouples with P91 pipes, but i am not sure if i should make a PHWT. I will spot weld. A person told me about …

Written weld test. 
what does the written weld test for d 1.5 and d 1.1 consist of? I'm a self taught welder and a job is going to test me for a welder position. Plz help. …

why we can not joint titanium and stainless steel in welding method? 
WHY we can't joint titanium and stainless steel in welding? --------------------------------------------------- because of brittle inter metallic …

Why does arc jump from inside of cup when started 
sometimes when starting a tig weld, the arc jumps from the sides of the tungsten inside the cup to the base metal. --------------------------------------------------- …

6" sch. 80 pipe certification 6G test? 
What is the total groove opening (in degrees) on a 6" sch. 80 pipe certification 6G test? Is it 60 degrees or 75 degrees? This is a ASME Code 9 test. …

Hydraulic Pipe Welding 
Greetings, Can you tell me what welding certification is required for welding 3000 psi sch 80 hydraulic piping? Thank you, Steve ----------------------------- …

Time taken to weld 50mmx50mm mild steel box section? 
I am carrying out a design project in college which involves costing the manufacturing processes of made parts. I was wondering what type of welding should …

Arkansas Welding Certification Test 
I have been a welder and fabricator for several years for a company in Arkansas. I'm wanting to take AWS certification test and I would like to know exactly …

plate stainless steel ss 316L 
what happen when we weld plate SS 316L using electrode E 6013 and e7018?can some one help me to the plate structure and hardness.. ---------------------------------- …

pipe welding cources 
Hi i live near sheffield, England im 23 and been welding since i left school. Ive got my apprenticeship papers and have passed welding procedures in …

Testing for CWB Weld inspector B31.3 - any pointers or tips 
I am studying for the B31.3 CWB weld inspector test, this is a very in depth code, I am wondering if any one that has taken it can give me some advise. …

x ray inspection 
I just welded 6 v groove welds 3 with E11018 and 3 with flux core wire in the 2g 3g and 4g positions all are getting x rayed in hopes for my employment. …

309 on 1 inch carbon test plates 
I am taking a 3G test on 1 inch carbon plates using 309. TIG the root and 1/4 inch hot pass, then stick the rest. Never done it before. What advice can …

amount of land to weld pipe? 
How much land would be required to weld 8 inch diameter sch,40 pipe open butt? ---------------------------------------------------- Depends on …

Guided Bend Test Jig. 
I am currently wanting trim my budget and start bending my own my weld test plate. AWS D1.1 and ASME Section IX QW-466.1 addresses the construction of …

What is the minimum distance bewtween two welds are specified in ASME CODE.I could not find any trace.even UW-40 is not clear to said subject. 
What is the minimum distance between two welds are specified in ASME CODE.I could not find any trace.even UW-40 is not clear on subject. Anybody can help? …

b31.3 preparing for open book examination 
What is the best way to prepare for b31.3 open book test? --------------------------------------------------- This is just my opinion.... Get …

how to get the backing off the 3/8 butt weld 
how do you remove the backing on the 3/8 stick welded vertical butt joint, because ive never used backing i just weld 1/4 with an open root. would be …

What would be the most preferred 6G TEST 
Our company has asked our welders to take 6G TEST, representing our union I've been allowed to set up the WPS. What is the most preferred test for …

got welding certs...what now? 
just passsed welding test for.gtaw sa-240.1g..and gmaw a-36 3gand4g.. whats a good place to start looking for a job with those certs? -------------------------------- …

welding stainless steel ( pipe test) 
i have a lot of trouble with putting a hot pass and a nice cap on my pipe test. the pipe is usualy in a 45 degree position and my hot passes are getting …

6GR FLUXCORE TEST 
Whats a good technique when running a root pass with flux core. Im having a problem with the over head. Im not getting the penetration.. --------------------------- …

tig root pass on 2" sch 40 pipe 6g and 5g (carbon) 
I have 2" sch 40 pipe test in 6g on carbon steel, I used to tig weld for a living years ago, but we used er70s2 rod, now it seems like everyone uses s6, …

pipe welding certification 
What AWS certification is needed to weld 2 1/2 inch sch 40 blk pipe? -------------------------------------------------- depending on the application, …

6G Sch 80 3 in pipe with backing ring, with 11018 
I am taking that test in a couple of weeks. I have passed it before but my QA department dropped the ball on keeping up with my weld qual. Lately have …

MIG test  
I am goin to take a weld test for a manufacturing company. What should I expect? Any pointers? ----------------------------------------------- hope …

Where do I re certify my certs mainly a 6G position? 
I have three welding certs all 6G position and I don't know where to re new them they've been outdated by a year I live in Phoenix Arizona. --------------------------- …

mig welding an open root G2 1 inch plate 60 degree bevelle 
How ofter should a person grind and wire brush, to clean slicon? ------------------------------------------------- you can get away with a little …

Steam Pipe Welding Certification? 
I have a low pressure steam line (35PSIG). I have a leak. Is there an OSHA or other code that requires a certified welder??? BK

2 inch sch 80 6g stick cap problems 
Ok I have been practicing this test too much. I haven't had much problems on the root, except sometimes you can see some wagon tracks on the inside. I …

pipe welding 
what amperage and size rod is used for welding 2 inch sch 40 blk pipe wonder if im doing it right im using a 3-32 5p rod at 55 amps give r take for root …

length of certification 
how long is a welding certification good for? ------------------------------------------------ there is no simple answer. for most aws codes, …

WHATS A GOOD WAY TO LEARN TO WELD PIPE 
WHATS A GOOD WAY TO LEARN TO WELD PIPE I PRACTICE FOR ABOUT 3 MONTHS AND SEEMS I CANT GET IT TO WHERE ITS SUPPOSE TO BE I USE 6010 1/8-6010 5.32 RODS. …

I need to pass a .045" test on 3/8 plate 
I am a certified stick welder but the company I work for wants me to pass a 045 test on 3/8 plate. I have practiced on butt welds and its smooth as glass. …

MIG cert. test vertical up open v-groove butt joint 
I've come to realize that there is more than one way to skin a cat or run a bead. The bead has a tendency to sag when I weld vertical up on a v-groove …

structual welding test 
hello everybody, i have a welding certification test coming up soon. its 1" thick material V-groove in flat position 1/4" root opening w/ a backer GMAW …

7018 vertical weld multi passes 
I am having trouble getting a proper build up using 7018 stick rod. what is the best technique to use ? ----------------------------------------------- …

journeyman welder 
How do I get a welding journeymans license? ---------------------------------------------------- To my knowledge, a generic journeymans license for …

Welding ra330 
Is there a certain weld cert. qualification to weld S.S. RA330? --------------------------------------------------- This depends largely on the industry. …

Mig Welding Overhead 
Can you make a video showing Mig Welding overhead? Its a pretty common test in I-CAR certification.. --------------------------------------------------- …

how long to fit and weld 6 inch sch 40 steel pipe 
does anyone know how long it should take to fit and weld 6 inch sch 40 steel pipe --------------------------------------------------- about 2 hours …

root pass in 5g 
i would like to see a video of a root pass being done all the way out uphill on pipe in the 5g position ---------------------------------------------- …

3G 1" PLATE SMAW 
I WILL LIKE TO KNOW IF 1/8 OR 1/4 IS GOOD FOR COVER PASSES ON A 3G SMAW 11018 1" PLATE? -------------------------------------------------- …

steam card 
I would like to know where and how to apply for a oklahoma steam card --------------------------------------------- I am not really familiar with …

Coupons? 
Why do they call a weld test coupon, a coupon? ------------------------------------------------ that one really threw me a curve too when i was learning …

9-nickle test 
Theres a job here at a LNG Plant site. and it says must be able to weld 9 nickle with fluxcore and stick. Will be welding on tanks. Never herd of this …

welder certification sites in Indiana 
places to get a welders certification in Indiana. here is the link to all the AWS test facilities. http://files.aws.org/certification/docs/auto/atf_listing_0503.pdf …

Testing out on 2" schedule 160 TIG (70S-2) for root and hot pass, and ER 309 all the way out 
X - Ray Test in two weeks, kinda nervous... 5/1/2010 My problem for the last couple of months has been getting a root suck back on my TIG root pass. …

heat need to run root and hot pass down hill 
how hot should i run my root pass with 6010 1/8 rod and hot pass down hill on 6g pipe test. --------------------------------------------------- There …

steam card certification 
how do i get a Oklahoma steam card? most states dose not require one and to work in Oklahoma i need one. ------------------------------------------------ …

how long does a welding certifcation last? 
how long is certification good for? --------------------------------------------------- Usually, welding certs are only good for the length of the …

6G Final Pass 
I'm practicing my 6G and I'm having trouble with the finals. In one spot I have Mt. Fuji and in another spot is Mt. Everest. I think I know what I'm doing …

What am I doing wrong on this weld test? 
I understand a lot of things can go wrong during a weld test so I'll try to provide as much detail as I can to reduce speculation. I'd really like to figure …

Welder performance qualification test 
When a welder has passed a welding test on a 2'' schedule 160 pipe coupon which has a wall thickness of .344 what is the minimum and maximum wall thickness …

oklahoma certification 
can i take my current good standing certification from Arkansas and simply apply with out testing in Oklahoma with out taking the test again? ------------------------- …

difference between E 7018 & E6013 welding electrodes 
what is difference between E 7018 & E6013 welding electrodes ------------------------------------------------ the main difference is that e 7018 …

LOST MY WELDING CERTIFICATION NUMBER 
how do i find a copy of my welding certificate and certification number ---------------------------------------------------- you might be able to …

what temperature should i use in a 6g weld test and wire speed 
what temperature should i use in a 6g weld test and wire speed --------------------------------------------------- i am going to have to assume a …

What is the best schools or programs for someone to enroll for? 
I have no welding exp at all. I am finally going to get into welding after many years of procrastination( since I was laid off from my forming profession). …

Too hazardus,- fix it, or forget it. 
What are the welding 'situations' a welder should absolutely refuse to go into? (unless made safe ) ------------------------------------------------- …

Tig welding Cobalt to Stainless Steel 
What is the correct procedure? What type of filler rod? Do you need to preheat the SS prior to welding? -------------------------------------------------- …

Journeyman welder status 
Hello, is there a such thing as a journeyman welder status? If so do you have a piece of paper, card or certificate for this? Is this status only given …

test set up 
when running a 7016 3/32 rod root pass on pipe how much gap do u recommend i leave? And do i leave a landing? ----------------------------------------------- …

root pass 6011 vertical up 
Help me ! I need some tips on keeping the key hole on a open groove but joint with a 6011 electrode. I can make it look good in the middle of the joint …

root pass with nr 232 fluxcore wire 
on 1/4 root gap on 1 inch plate what angle should i hold my gun to keep from trapping slag and what is the best setting for.068wire (wire speed and volts) …

TIG 6G 7018 hot pass/cap 
I'm having real trouble with my hot pass and cap running 7018. I don't know if its the way I'm running the beads or what but I just cannot get them to …

Canadian Welding test 
Is there a test for t joint fillet weld available in canada. ----------------------------------- Sean, I dont have copies of any Canadian Welding …

HOW TO BECOME A RIG WELDER 
OK THIS IS MY CONCERN ... I HAVE BEEN WELDING FOR 10 YEARS... JUST GOT LAID OFF AND FIGURE I PUT MY RIG TOGETHER. ALL MY WORK HAS BEEN IN SHOPS THAT …

Does 6G cover steam pipe certification  
Hello, I am bidding a pipe job where they have 600lb flanges and sch 80 pipe, they run steam through some of the pipe. Will my 6G cert cover this or is …

6g welding test 2/4" pipe 6010 root 7018 fill and cap 
Greetings, let me begin by saying how informative and well put together I found your site to be. I have enjoyed it since stumbling across it in a google …

when are low hydrogen electrodes used? 
when are low hydrogen electrodes used? ----------------------- Amber, low hydrogen electrodes are specified by numerous American Welding Society …

Good technique for 6010 downhill on 4" sched 40 pipe??? 
I recently took sort of a proficiency test for a plumbers and pipe fitters union that doesn't offer an apprenticeship program for welders. I almost made …

what typr of rod 
what type of rod should I use to weld a 6" pipe schedule #40? I tried 6010 but it doesn't weld clean and lacks penetration. Would 6013 be a better choicce …

welding 
how does the slag help the weld when welding flux cored arc weld. Name three

6g and 6gr 
you've probably heard this one a million times but here it goes the one million and one. whats different about a 6g and a 6gr test? i may have an test …

welding using ceramic backing / tape 
Whats different in techniques , if any ? how to apply ceramic tape / backing before welding ? Some techniques on welding using ceramic . Thanks …

6g weld test 
what does a 6g weld test consist of? ------------- there are a whole crapload of different 6g tests. the only thing they all have in common is …

6g pipe weld 
If I'm doing a 6g pipe weld with 6010 root on Schedule 80 pipe,heat at about 85-90.,what should my heat setting be for the filler weld with 7018? ----------------- …

nr-232 
your info is always helpful...im can u please give me some ballpark parameters for 1/16th & .072 wire 4 the following positions 2g, 3g, 4g...thanx -------------------- …

Consumable insert 2" welding test 
What is the technique for fitting and welding a K ring consumable insert on a 2" schedule 80 pipe? The last test I took , I failed because I didnt completely …

diameter range in welder qualification as per ASME SEC. 9 
IS IT POSSIBLE AS PER ASME SEC 9 FOR A WELDER TO WELD 3/4 INCH PIPE DIA? IF HE IS QUALIFIED TO WELD 1 INCH PIPE. ---------------------------------------------- …

welder qualification -test coupon and filler wire limitations  
to qualify a welder for ss pipe for production weld in the field-shall i use the test coupon of carbon steel with stainless steel filler wire for qualifications …

can u grindout a weld and lay a new one? 
i just took my 3g structural aws cert and i was unsatisfied with my cover pass so i grinded it out cleaned it then rewelded it. the cwi instructor …

mig welding while laying on ones back 
(fred's question) How does one go about welding repair panels to the under side of a 40 ft. steel hull while laying on ones back? Thank you for …

Max thickness in GTAW 
Hello! I have question. one Welder have two certificates: 1: GTAW; Max thickness: 15.24 mm; F No.: 6/1,2,3,4 ; .... 2: GTAW + SMAW ; Max thickness: …

cleaning slag 
easiest way to clean slag AWS D1.1 SMAW 3G welding certification . ---------------------------------------------- the easiest way i have found is …

Need to get a copy of my welders certificate 
I moved to Florida from Michigan and I lost my welders certificate, How do I go about getting a replacement? -------------------------------------------------- …

I Was wondering if I can get a job 
Well, I'm about to take a introduction to pipe welding class in the fall but it's only for 1 semester and I was thinking that it sounds too be good to …

Combining different welding method 
Is it permissible acc. to AWS D1.1 to weld 1 test coupon 1 inch thick with two methods: root with GTAW 1/8inch and fill+cap with GMAW 7/8inch? What are …

Stinger 
is it ok to use a #4 cable on your stinger,instead of #1 that is heavier,and would it effect the weld any. -------------------------------- i sure …

Number of coupons needed to qualify a welder 
How many test coupons are needed to qualify a welder on a filler metal test. He is already qualified to weld but need to test him on a P43 filler metal …

positions and angle of welding holder 
i have a exam about welding technology at ongc chennai. how i impress them. and answer that what are the angles between welding rod and the job? ---------------------- …

2G, 3G and 4G open butt 3/8 plate  
what settings would you recommend for a pr-employment test using 3/32 9018 and 1/8 9018 Flu core rods for 3/8 carbon steel 3/8 plates 1/4 inch backing. …

How i can take a right test from 3G welder and which point is important when i am an inspector ? 
Hi have a good day .i am an inspector and i want to qualified some welder in 3G position without backing and want to know which point should do according …

bench test 
What exactly do you do in a bench test?

Required Tests 3G & 4G, X-Ray? 
Do we have to X-ray the weld test coupon when testing for AWS D1.1 or just do the Destructive Bend Tests? ------------------------------------------------ …

welding 
What is useful for cutting cast iron,and for cutting in in accessible places,and for cutting small jobs? ------------------------------------------------- …

AWS D 1.5 test Not rated yet
I,m taking a D 1.5 welding certification test Monday in Florida in order to weld SIP forms on a bridge. Will the test be all three positions? Not good …

6G Not rated yet
How should I set up for a 6G welding test? How tall is the stand and angle of the pipe? Any help on this matter will be greatly appreciated! Extremely …

6G ASME B31.3 certification and underwater welding industries Not rated yet
IM starting my underwater diving school in Feb. i was thinking about getting my 6G ASME B31.3 certification since im trying hit myself with a good …

Grinding??? Not rated yet
On the 6G Sch. 80, 6" pipe test (ASME Code 9)...is grinding allowed? If so, on what passes? Root only (6010)? All of the passes?? There is so little …

1G weld certification test Not rated yet
I would like to know what voltage setting do I use for a 1G weld certification test on 1/4 inch plate, 1/4 to 5/16 inch gap. ------------------------------------------ …

solid or staggered and rest or no rest for the weary? Not rated yet
When making a coupon for a 4g test should the backer plate be welded solid or a series of staggered tacs? I've read that either is okay but I want to be …

Kobe 7016 rod welding procedure Not rated yet
Do you have a set of guidelines for pipe gap, rod angle, heat, etc to help learn how to weld using Kobe 7016 rods so I can pass a 6 G pipe test? --------------------- …

I took a weld test at JCB and i think i passed Not rated yet
I wanted to call them back but I'm not sure what exactly I should ask. This would be my first welding job. Any tips? -------------------------------------------- …

welding cert help? Not rated yet
I have been a mig welder now for right at 2 years and the company I worked for didn't offer certification. The company went under about 6 months ago and …

settings for a 2g pipe weld Not rated yet
how hot do i run on 2g, 6 inch sch.40 carbon pipe with 6010 root and 7018 fill and cap? ---------------------------------------------------- it really …

WELDING PROCEDURE QUALIFICATION Not rated yet
WHAT AMERICAN WELDING STRUCTURAL CODE MUST BE USED FOR WELDING STAINLESS STEEL WITH CARBON STEEL? ---------------------------------------------------- …

welder Not rated yet
Hi I want to ask how long does it take me the course for tig welder level 6G and how much would it cost me, also I want to say I've got experience 10 years …

Welding a CJP aluminum test plate? Not rated yet
When welding A CJP aluminum test plate IAW AWS D1.2, does the plate need to have the root pass/single pass, purged ? -------------------------------------------------- …

weld 90 take outs Not rated yet
Whats the take out of a schedule 40 90 elbow? --------------------------------------------------- short radius or long? and what diameter pipe? …

loans for test and seminar Not rated yet
hello, just wanting to throw a ? out there. Is there a institution or company that will loan you the money? i have already asked the bank no job no …

Welding Carbide with Steel Not rated yet
What type of welding is suitable to weld a Carbide rod with a steel ball. (This is for a measuring prob. Distortion must be negligible). ----------------------------- …

Internal Concavity ( IC ) Not rated yet
Tiging the root on 2"sch. pipe 6G position & capping with mig-6. I"am having problem with please help. ---------------------------------------------------- …

Minimum TIG passes on stainless pipe? Not rated yet
Is there a set minimum number of tig passes required on schedule 80 pipe 1'' - 6''? ---------------------------------------------------- In my experience, …

AWS D 1.2 certification Versus CWB'S Not rated yet
I am looking for someone who knows the difference other than the fact of the obvious (one is AWS and one is CWB) certification for structural aluminum? …

welding tape certification Not rated yet
Looking to get my cert with this ceramic tape ? I am a combo pipe welder Have welded Mig / Pulse Mig also S/S ,Carbon ,Aluminum Where do i go to …

Structual steel plate weld test? Not rated yet
On average how long should it take someone to learn how to weld using 7018 and be able to pass the 4g steel plate bend test? ------------------------------------------ …

starting out  Not rated yet
I am just starting to learn how to weld and my shop teacher says that i am very good at it. the only problem is we moved on in class. any good places …

AWS D15.1 welding test Not rated yet
What kind of plate formation will I be test welding for the D15.1 welding code? --------------------------------------------------- Since AWS D15.1 …

3G Flux core stainless test Not rated yet
I have the above test coming up, 1/4" plates, 60 deg bevel, backer, 3/16" gap at the root, weld uphill. The requirements are root pass and two stringers, …

How do I put a cap on 2 inch schedule 80 with stick Not rated yet
I just got a job working as a welder and one of the test they give is a 2 inch test using stick.I so far have been able to get my root in using a 16 gap …

tickets covered Not rated yet
can anyone tell me what tickets are covered under my trade certificate. I did my trade in W.A. and QLD is totally different my ticket is FIRST CLASS …

why is taking so long to get a call back after I passed the MIG welding tests Not rated yet
I took a welding test last week and passed why is it taking so long to get a call back after I passed the MIG welding tests? ------------------------------------------ …

Mig Welding Aluminum Not rated yet
I have a Miller 3035 Spoolmate and was wondering if anyone has any Voltage and wire speed settings that would work for a test plate.The test is a 3/8'' …

Need Welding Certification  Not rated yet
I have welded for 6 years and I have came across a good job, but i have to be certified... Where can I go In Atlanta GA to get a quick 1 day or two welding …

6g test Not rated yet
lookin for a location in oklahoma city to test out for my steamcard ...if u know the # that would be perfect i could get from there txt me # at 580339two …

arufae 6013 Not rated yet
are e6013 welding rods always the same even with different manufactures --------------------------------------------------- definitely not. I …

I have started my 6gr weld test Not rated yet
I have the root in but at the top left quarter of the weld my pipe fell down to were it did NOT have a 3/16 gap. I tried welding it anyway buy had to cut …

cwb certication Not rated yet
how does a journeyman welder get CWB certified? -------------------------------------------------- check these pages out . http://www.grbwelding.com/content/tr …

6g postion pipe  Not rated yet
whats a good way to get a good fillet and cap on a pipe in the 6g position without moving the pipe. -------------------------------------------------- …

GMAW-SC weld cost Not rated yet
My class is currently learning GMAW and we are to find out how much you would charge someone if you used .035 wire, 75-25 argon and CO2 mixture. it would …

starting from the beginning Not rated yet
basic questions asked on a welding test? --------------------------------------------- I dont even know where to start with a broad question like …

how long Not rated yet
how long does it usually take to get a basic welding degree? -------------------------------------------------- from technical colleges, its usually …

Cant figure out what current setting im on Not rated yet
Wanting to know what setting im on w/out using an amp gauge on a lincoln 250ac in the back of our welding truck. 1st gear is 90 then when you adjust …

6g schedule 40 smaw Not rated yet
any points on a 6g stick schedule 40 test.im mostly concerned about the root(6010)vertical up and hot pass(6010)vertical up? --------------------------------------- …

what code book is mostly used for the structual and destructive examinations of structual certifications? Not rated yet
what code book is mostly used for the structural and destructive examinations of structural certifications? ------------------------------------------------ …

6g trouble Not rated yet
I have a weld test coming up its on 3/4 stainless coupling at the 6g postion . Im having trouble with the botttom of the weld dripping i call it seagul …

what land and gap do you use on 6-g downhill 6010 1/8 Not rated yet
what land and gap do you use on 6-g downhill 6010 1/8 rod --------------------------------------------- There are a whole bunch of welders who use …

open root tig Not rated yet
whats a good way to tig an 1/8" root gap overhead on 1/4" plate? --------------------------------------------------- For tig welding a root pass …

I'm looking for a writting test for tig welding! Not rated yet
Hi guys!! I'm Charly from Austria. Well,I want to emigrate to oversea in one year and therefore I look for a such test.I don't know how many ask exist …

shedule 40 2g tig weld test Not rated yet
I have enormous amounts of mig experience.I took two classes and got certs for 2,3,4G in smaw and fcaw.Any clue or thoughts on how to approach a schedule …

how long will it take to weld a 6" cs pipe with SMAW manual? Not rated yet
how long will it take to weld a 6" cs pipe with SMAW manual? ---------------------------------------------- Pipe comes in different thicknesses. …

How to pass a bend test on plate Not rated yet
How to pass a bend test on plate with a one inch gap. ------------------------------------------------- I suspect you might be referring to a plate …

welding test Not rated yet
How much time is allowed for a 2" tube test with a .625 wall thickness? I was usually given a 4 hr. time limit to complete the test. ---------------------------------- …

Red Seal Not rated yet
Does a Red Seal (Canadian Interprovincial) also certify a welder to work in the United States ------------------------------------------------ I …

welding certification Not rated yet
im a 16 yr old student in high school and i would like to be able to get the highest welding certification in high schoold without going outside of my …

Slag or undercut Not rated yet
How do u know that xray knows how to call Slag or undercut on B31.3 severe cyclic? ------------------------------------------------- you never really …

confermation of skills Not rated yet
i would like to obtain a copy of my awsd1.1 certification my name is david allen alders i used to work at west coast wire and steel --------------------------------- …

Plate coupon size for weld performance qualification Not rated yet
What is the size(s) of the plate coupon used for weld procedure qualification. Is a single plate 6 inches by 3 inches - making the coupon about 6 in by …

weld qualification Not rated yet
If you are qualified to weld aluminum under ASME IX are you also qualified under AWS D1.2 --------------------------------------------------- Mike, …

Definitions Not rated yet
What are the definitions of: 1G,2G,3G,and 4G in regards to welding test? ------------------------------------------------- the G stands for Groove …

1g plate gap Not rated yet
hi, what size gap (A see attached) should be between the test plates we will be using 1mm (.045) solid wire. plates will be 12mm (.5) --------------------------------- …

tips for welding x ray sch 80 stainless pipe Not rated yet
so im a little nervious about taking an 2 inch sch 80 xray test. Any suggestions on set up or heat range? ---------------------------------------------------- …

9%chrome 8"heavy wall  Not rated yet
do u dip side to side or lay rod in side pipe ? -------------------------------------------------- both welding techniques work if done right. …

Rail road and manufacturing Mig Test Not rated yet
Hey Jodie. Just wondering a few things. I have a Company weld test on monday and Tuesday for a rail way company and in the initial conversation with …

4130 /75-95 class (yield/tensile) /SMAW process/ 1.5" thick plate Not rated yet
What is your recommended temperature for the following: 1. preheat temperature 2. interpass temperature I use E10018-D2 1/8" root 3/16" fill …

b31.3 Not rated yet
I have to get a boiler and pressure vessel cert for a job. I don't know what it involves, how long it takes, or where to get it. ------------------------------------- …

WELDING TRADE TEST Not rated yet
I'm gonna take trade test in welding this coming week. They gave what I'm gonna take but I don't have any idea what will I do... Here's the trade test …

Time frame for certification Not rated yet
How long does it take to get certified in TIG Welding? --------------------------------------------------- it varies widely. hobart institute …

where can i take my f4 pipe test Not rated yet
i am ready to take my f4 pipe how,when and where can i take it here i nb. -------------------------------------------------- Dude, I have no idea. …

Setting up 6" in the 6g position Not rated yet
How many tacks are required for the fit up of the 6" 6g pipe test? ------------------------------------------------- mostly its done using 4 tacks. …

How to prepare and do the Production weld coupon  Not rated yet
How to prepare and do the Production weld coupon as per AWS D1.1 - Structural Steel Fabrication -------------------------------------------------- …

welding bubble Not rated yet
is the welding bubble for all positions? --------------------------------------------------- if you are talking about an argon purge bubble, then yes …

3 inch stainless weld Not rated yet
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Welding certification q and a

Question… My 7018 fill and cap passes on 6g carbon pipe are not visually acceptable. I’m using stringers though, but my beads are not laying down, like a"roll of nickels" what gives?... the pipefitter’s local gives a 6g stainless pipe test, what are the similarities? What are the differences? between the 2 tests?

Answer … To Get our beads to lay down better on the 7018 6G pipe test, you are going to need to pay attention to rod angle. When you start at the bottom, try not to have any drag angle at all. Dead nuts straight in. in order to make that work , you are going to need to be hot enough too. A 1/8 7018 will need about 105-110 amps give or take depending on the machine. Once the rod gets burning good, (after about ½ inch of weld) really pay attention to holding a pretty tight arc. If the rod sticks, you are too cold on amperage. Keep rod angle as close to dead nuts as possible as you weld up the side of the pipe. “trace the puddle” make small circles to spread the bead a little and to give you some time to reposition your body as you follow the round pipe to the top. Stainless , same advise except, it crowns more. As far as differences in the 2 tests, sometimes the carbon steel is done with 6010 open butt, 7018 with chill ring, or tig open butt. Stainless is mostly done with tig open butt and 1 fill pass. Then stick the rest of the way out. Pretty often , its actually a carbon steel pipe welded with 309 ss rod. ASME section IX provides for using 309 for testing on cs pipe.


Question… we are a fab and machine shop. can someone tell me what it takes for me to get someone who has welded for many years to become a certified weld inspector and the costs associated? thanks,

Answer … One way is to take the online training course at http://www.weldacademy.com/index.htm and then take the exam. I think it’s around 500-600 dollars for access to the course materials. But you will still need to buy a welding code book, either AWS D1.1, ASME section IX, or API 1104. AWS seminars are the way to go if there you can wait until there is one in your area within driving distance and you can avoid hotel and restaurant costs. The seminars are around $2300 all inclusive. The exam by itself is about $1000 with no guarantee of passing. Pass rates are better for those who attend the seminars. They usually run mon-fri with the exam on sat.

So if you opt for the online course for around 500-600 dollars, and the “exam only” price of 1000, you are looking at $1600 already. Now you would also need to buy an AWS D1.1 or API 1104 code book for about 200-300 bucks making the total closer to $2000. As you can see, it’s a better deal to attend the seminar. Your chances of passing are better that way. Plus you will probably make some good contacts in the welding biz. I am not a huge fan of the AWS, in fact, I think they kind of have a monopoly and charge too much for code books etc.. But it is what it is. And it does make the CWI credential somewhat more prestigious. You can download all the exam schedules and pricing by going the aws page on certification… http://www.aws.org/w/a/certification/docs/schedules.html


Question… I am trying to get ready to take a 6g 2inch heavy wall stainless test. The root and hot pass are tig and the rest is stick. Do you have any tips for the stainless stick?

Answer … Since you will probably be using 3/32 rods, you will have to make a few tie-ins (stop/starts) …stagger them so that they are not all in one area Set the machine just hot enough to keep a pretty tight arc without sticking and not hot enough for the rod to be glowing red when you run a whole rod. It will glow a little because stainless does not conduct heat well, but if it’s too hot, it will not run right for the last 2 or 3 inches of the rod. Always plan one bead ahead. When you are stacking beads for the second and third layers, it is easy to trap yourself on the last bead. Leave enough room between the second to the last bead and the pipe wall so that you are not trying to penetrate a tight crevice. Good luck,

Question… Hi do you give individual, welding training, interested in pipe. where are you located , I try to go to Hobart every 2 or 3 years s coning to your location is no big deal thanks ,

Answer … Sorry, at this time, I am not offering any individualized training. I am just plain too busy. Have you considered inquiring with Hobart about specialized training on pipe? You may be able to arrange a few sessions focusing on exactly what you need.

Question… I am doing a pipe test. 1 is a 4" inch pipe schedule 40, a root e7016, fill e7018, and cap e7018. Please could you tell me the setup for this test and add pictures if available. Thank you


Answer … That is kind of an oddball test. You can probably expect the joint to look something like this.

7016 root pass pipe test

I haven’t had the chance to weld any pipe using a 7016 rod. I have done a bit with 7018 on an open butt, and that is pretty tricky. I believe you will have to keyhole and keep the rod moving from wall to wall to keep it cool enough.

Question… I would like to best root pass setting for 6G rootpass using 6010 80, 85 90. thank you

answer… It really depends on the fit up. If it is kind of tight or has a heavy land, then the higher amperage will work better. I have usually been able to make 85 amps work pretty well. But on jobs where we also ran 7018, it was kind of good to set the machine at 90 amps. 90 amps would run the 6010 roots as well as the 7018 3/32” without running 300 feet back to the machine bank to change amperage.

Question… Do you need to qualify to each code? Will ASME allow an aws qualification to weld on ASME work?

answer…. Sometimes. There is some overlap between aws and ASME. Essential elements still have to be met so it is kind of a case by case comparison.


Question… Jody, great site you got. Enjoy the knowledge you share. I just busted a 6GR root and need some help. Been welding off and on since 1975, mostly on casing or structural offshore. Went to pipe school at Lincoln long time ago. Where can I go to learn how to: put in a root and pass a 6GR Test? I can do the rest, the test is bitin my ass. Thanks


Answer… 2 thoughts, One is to call Hobart and ask if they could set you up a block of time 800-332-9448 . It is kind of high, but it may be worth it. The other idea is to check the list of AWS accredited facilities and call the closest ones and ask for help. It won’t cost anything to find out. You can find the list of aws accredited test facilities here.
http://files.aws.org/certification/docs/auto/atf_listing_0706.pdf


Question… Hey I have a question for you. I currently live in Tennessee and lost my job back in February. I am a welder but have never been certified. I would like to know where I could go to do the welding test only. I have lots of experience doing TIG, MIG, Stick and Flux core welding so I should pass with no problem. Also, are there any local unions in Tennessee for welders? Thanks for your time,

Answer… Check the list of AWS accredited facilities and call the closest . Last time I checked there were not any located in TN. You may have to drive to GA, or FL or wherever. I would call and get the skinny first. Sometimes they have standard tests and do not vary. Other times, you can call the shots and specify the test you want. You can find the list of aws accredited test facilities here. http://files.aws.org/certification/docs/auto/atf_listing_0706.pdf

I am not aware of any unions that are strictly for welders. Welding always goes with some other craft…like pipefitters, boilermakers, ironworkers, and sheet metal workers. All of these should have local unions located in TN. Just google “TN Local Union” and the word pipefitters” or “boilermakers” and you should find what you are looking for. An apprenticeship is sometimes required but many local unions now give credit toward becoming a journeyman if you have prior welding training.


Question… I am preparing for a 6g carbon tube test and I just can't seem to get the wedding band on the inside during the root pass. I run 1/8 tungsten, 3/32 filler rod, about 25cfm argon and right around 90-95 amps could you give me some pointers; I was kind of hoping you would tell me what you would start off with in that situation. I am not sure if it is my torch angle or what. I just can't seem to get the filler to flow though to the inside even with a 1/8 root opening and I feel like I am jamming wire the whole time and nothing. THANKS FOR THE HELP ------------------------------


Answer…

A few things that will help... fit up. use a 1/8" gap prep...37.5 degree bevel with no land clean metal back at least 1/4" to shiny bright metal with no rust, or mill scale don’t use any more side to side weave than possible...in fact if you are free handing or hot fingering, keep the tungsten pointed right on the tip of the 1/8" wire. Don’t use much torch angle

what I am talking about here is called lay wire. A 1/8 gap with a 1/8 rod. Actually the gap will be just under 1/8 so the rod lays in without falling thru. You just wiggle the torch slightly while bearing down on where the rod meets the puddle. A little slight pressure from the filler wire hand keeps the rod in contact.

if you are uncomfortable using a 1/8 rod, follow the rest of the tips and dip the 3/32 rod using just barely enough heat to start to see a keyhole. the puddle will be cold enough to follow your tungsten as you move side to side to tie in the walls.

make sense?

Good luck,

Jody

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