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Welding Technology Institute of Australia


A Message from the CEO


WTIA News & Updates


National Manufacturing Week


New South Wales Division


Victoria Division


South Australia Division


Queensland Division


Western Australia Division


Northern Territory Division


Training & Certification


Upcoming Events

WTIA CONTACT INFORMATION WTIA National Office Building 3, Level 3, Suite 5 20 Bridge Street, Pymble, NSW 2073 (PO Box 197, Macquarie Park BC, NSW 1670) T: +61 (0)2 8748 0100 E: Chief Executive Officer Geoff Crittenden T: +61 (0)2 8748 0100 E:

Qualification & Certification Manager Paolo Corronca T: +61 (0)438 012 099 E:

Membership Manager & Advertising Donna South T: +61 (0)2 8748 0130 E:

Training Manager Paul James T: +61 (0)2 8748 0150 E:

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A MESSAGE FROM THE CEO WeldQ are poised to revolutionise welder training across Australia.

Geoff Crittenden (Chief Executive Officer, WTIA)

2018 will be an exciting year for the institute. A number of projects that we have been working on for some time will come to fruition. Firstly, following the soft launch and a year of testing of the Australian Welder Certification Register (AWCR) and WeldQ, we are now in a position to formally launch the program. This formal launch will generate greater awareness of the program, particularly the wide ranging benefits offered to welders and employers alike. The AWCR and

Secondly, I am pleased to announce that our project with the Victorian Skills Commission has proven positive—two ISO 9606 courses have been approved. One of these courses has been designed for trade qualified welders, while the other was designed for transitional workers. The approval of these two courses means that any Registered Training Organisation (RTO) running the courses can bid for funding from their relevant state authority. The accreditation of the two ISO 9606 courses will assist with another series of projects for which the WTIA been working to secure State Government funding: the Advanced Welder Training Centres. The purpose of the Advanced Welder Training Centres is to quickly qualify welders to the standard required by ISO 9606-1 Qualification testing of welders Fusion welding. This will ensure a strong supply of capable welders, ready to deliver defence industry projects. The WTIA intends to

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establish a number of Centres around Australia to support defence prime contractors and SMEs looking to join the global supply chains of these prime contractors. We are hopeful that we will secure the necessary funding to establish the Advanced Welder Training Centres in the first quarter of 2018. Once established, the Centres will use the most advanced augmented reality training systems anywhere in the world, putting Australia at the forefront of welder training. The WTIA is also set to launch a national network of Defence Welding Hubs. Welding is a core capability critical in the delivery of upcoming defence equipment projects. A high level of welding competence will be required by both prime contractors and subcontractors in the supply chain if projects are to be delivered efficiently and companies are to take full advantage of the opportunities this defence initiative offers. Critical to optimising the potential industry benefits will be national and international collaboration across industries to promote technology transfer and commercialisation and development of research projects. The Defence Welding Hubs will facilitate and foster this activity. Each Hub will provide a focal point for defence welding activity through a network of contractors, subcontractors and relevant supporting organisations. Lastly, the WTIA will also launch the Welding Safety Council this year. The primary role of the Council will be to help coordinate the activities of government and industry bodies to ensure the safety of welders, welding equipment and the integrity of in-service welds.

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WTIA NEWS & UPDATES INDUSTRY NEWS Discover the latest industry news, views and events, with links to the newsletters of like-minded industry bodies, such as the Australian Institute for Non-Destructive Testing (AINDT), the Advaced Technology Testing and Research (ATTAR), and the Australasian Corrosion Association available below.

NEW WTIA MEMBERS: DECEMBER 2017 & JANUARY 2018 The WTIA would like to welcome the following new members: INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS • Miguel Adam • Robert Dodimead • Alan Dyer • Muhammad Farooq • Cecilio Monang • Ben Popper • Sean Ramsay • Brett Reed • Jarred White CORPORATE MEMBERS • SSS Manufacturing: • Abrasion Resistant Materials: • Foxheat: • Kangaroo Training Institute: kangarootraininginstitute. To become a WTIA member visit or contact us via or 02 8748 0100.

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NATIONAL MANUFACTURING WEEK National Manufacturing Week (NMW) is pleased to announce their partnership with the Welding Technology Institute of Australia (WTIA) for 2018. Taking place in Sydney from 9 to 11 May, NMW is Australia’s largest gathering of manufacturing decision-makers and the one place for the manufacturing community to come together to be inspired, innovate and connect with one another over three days. Welding, heat-treating, joining and associated products and technologies will be featured on the exhibition floor in the Welding Technology Product Zone, providing delegates with a dynamic environment of live demonstrations and the chance to try before purchasing. The Welding Technology Product Zone is one of 12 specialist areas, along with Advanced Materials, Additive Manufacturing, Automation and Robotics, Electrical, Engineering, Industrial Internet of Things, Machine Tools, Plastics and Packaging, Safety, Supply Chain and Logistics, and Warehousing and Materials Handling. Aketek, Ensitech, Supagas and Weldbrush are among the exhibiting companies already confirmed in the Welding zone.

Along with the exhibition, visitors will also have the opportunity to hear from over 40 world-class speakers in the conference theatre running throughout the 3 days. In addition, taking place alongside NMW, the Safety First Conference and Expo is the only safety event in Australia focused on the specific safety needs of heavy industries. Building a safety leadership culture, empowering employees to embrace safety at work and emerging technologies in industrial safety are just some of the issues being explored at the 2018 event. National Manufacturing Week runs from 9 to 11 May 2018 at the Sydney Showground. Registrations open on Monday 15 February. Register for free at:

NMW 2017 Panel (L to R): Ian Cairns, Geoff Crittenden and Peter Millligan.

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NEW SOUTH WALES DIVISION NEWS The WTIA would like to welcome Mehdi Tajfar to the New South Wales team. Mehdi joined the WTIA in January 2018 as a Welding Consultant. Mehdi will be available to assist with developing solutions for member welding needs and requirements and will also be working closely on the implementation of AS/NZS ISO 3834 certification. Mehdi is a professional materials engineer, specialising in welding and inspection. With more than seven years experience, including four years in the heavy manufacturing sector, Mehdi has worked for both structural steel and pressure equipment manufacturers. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Materials Engineering (Industrial Metallurgy), as well as a Masters of Engineering in Materials Engineering (Welding). Mehdi is an International Welding Engineer (IWE) and will soon sit examinations for the International Welding Inspector-Standard (IWI-S). In addition, he holds certifications as an ISO 9001 Internal Auditor, and in Radiographic Testing (RT) and Ultrasonic Testing (UT). Prior to joining the WTIA, Mehdi was a Quality Assurance Inspector and Welding Coordinator at MACFAB Engineering in Albury. In this role, he produced Technical Welding Documents, performed a range of inspections (materials, weld, distortion, surface, coating) and final checks, and was

responsible for Quality Assurance documentation. When asked why he is excited to join the WTIA, Mehdi had this to say, “What is not exciting about joining the WTIA?!”. “The WTIA is the most professional organisation in Australia’s welding industry. The organisation’s technical knowledge, technology, training and auditing—just to name but a few—are all excellent. The WTIA’s management has assembled one of the best teams of welding professionals possible.” “As a welding engineer, joining the WTIA offers me the fantastic opportunity to work with this team of experienced, knowledgeable welding engineers and other professionals. That’s extremely exciting for me.” Not only is Mehdi excited about joining the WTIA, he is optimistic about the future of Australia’s welding industry. “I believe that the future of Australia’s welding industry lies in both knowledge and increased production.”

Mehdi Tajfar (Welding Consultant, WTIA)

“The welding industry in Australia has no choice but to grow, because the country is growing. Roads are expanding and railways are improving. New types of renewable energy technology will result in the manufacture of advanced equipment. All these advances will see Australian industry move towards cuttingedge welding processes for joining advanced materials.” “With these advances in technology and processes, we need knowledgeable and well-trained welding personnel, including welders, welding inspectors, supervisors, and engineers.”

NEW SOUTH WALES DIVISION CONTACT Mehdi Tajfar Welding Consultant 0417 044 370

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VICTORIA DIVISION NEWS Prior to and during the Unit 1 Major Outage at AGL Loy Yang in 2017, the WTIA provided welding and quality related support, and assured that these activities were compliant with workscope and standard acceptance criteria. Melissa Odendaal (Welding Consultant, WTIA) worked extensively on the project. The work started on Loy Yang A Unit 1 in the week of 18 October 2017, with the outage expected to be completed by 10 December 2017. Loy Yang A has four generating units with a combined capacity of 2,200 MW. Each unit runs autonomously so they can be taken offline individually for maintenance without any impact on the operation or output of the remainder of the power station. To ensure that the station operates efficiently and to prevent unexpected breakdowns, each unit requires scheduled routine maintenance. Approximately 500-600 people worked on-site to meet the tight and challenging schedule. It was a busy time, and AGL employees and contractors worked hard to ensure continuous and reliable energy for the coming years. With most contractors staying in the region, the outage was also a significant economic boost for the La Trobe Valley. The scope of work planned for the outage included extensive inspection surveys and repairs,

HP turbine exchange, IP turbine exchange, two main steam strainer replacements and turbine valve remnant life checks. During the outage, over 150,000 man hours of work was completed. According to Andrew Speairs (U1 Major Outage Manager), “Melissa has been a wonderful addition to the Unit 1 Major Outage at AGL Loy Yang. Her preoutage work with both Siemens and Lend Lease helped them to better understand the criticality of AS/NZS ISO 3834, particularly in critical Boiler and Turbine installations.” “She has an excellent understanding of her area of expertise and has a very personable manner which enables her to communicate her experience and knowledge easily.” “AGL have had an excellent working relationship in the past and have continued to build on this during this Major Outage. They look forward to working with WTIA again in the future.”

UPCOMING EVENT: NDT OF WELDS The Victorian Division of the WTIA will host a presentation by ATTAR on Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) with a focus on Weld Inspection and Code Compliance. Founded in 1986, ATTAR was established to conduct materials testing and research using the most advanced techniques available and to provide NDT training to Australian industry. Places are limited. Register by Monday 19 February to avoid disappointment. Date: 21 February 2018 Time: 5:30pm Location: ATTAR 1/64 Bridge Rd Keysborough VICTORIA DIVISION CONTACT Melissa Odendaal Welding Consultant 0418 922 369

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SOUTH AUSTRALIA DIVISION NEWS Launched in late January, the Defence Export Strategy builds upon the Government’s defence industry policy by setting out a comprehensive system to plan, guide and measure defence export outcomes. A strong, exporting defence industry in Australia will provide greater certainty of investment, support high-end manufacturing jobs and support the capability of the Australian Defence Force. It is designed to complement the Turnbull Government’s $200 billion investment in Australian Defence Force capability. The Government recognises that Australian industry cannot sustain itself on the needs of the Australian Defence Force alone. New markets and opportunities to diversify are required to help unlock the full potential of Australian defence industry to grow, innovate, and support Defence’s future needs. Exports will provide the defence industry with greater certainty of future investment and support high-end manufacturing jobs for Australia’s future generations. The Strategic Goal over the next decade to 2028 is to: achieve greater export success to build a stronger, more sustainable and more globally competitive Australian defence industry to support Australia’s Defence capability needs. The Government’s ambition is to achieve the following five Objectives by 2028: 1. Strengthen the partnership between the Australian Government and industry to pursue defence export opportunities 2. Sustain Australia’s defence industrial capabilities across peaks and troughs in domestic demand 3. Enable greater innovation and productivity in Australia’s defence industry to deliver world-leading defence capabilities 4. Maintain the capability edge of the Australian Defence Force and leverage Defence capability development for export opportunities 5. Grow Australia’s defence industry to become a top ten global defence exporter

UPCOMING EVENT: WELDING Q&A PANEL An expert panel from across the welding industry will be assembled to answer your questions on subjects such as weld testing, metallurgy, welding procedures, welding consumables, welder qualification, the Australian Welder Certification Register, materials, preheat and post-heat, welding dissimilar metals and weld testing. Panel members include: • Phill Stubbington, Lincoln Electric • Joe Cavallaro, Intertek • David Price, ASC • Paul Bettison, TAFE SA This event is free for WTIA members. Places are limited so register by Friday 16 February to avoid disappointment. Date & time: 20 February 2018 at 5:30pm Location: Regency TAFE, 137 Days Rd, Regency Park The Strategy provides $20 million in additional annual funding from 2018-19 to support Australia’s defence exports. A new Australian Defence Export Office will be created within the Department of Defence to provide a focal point

for defence exports and drive implementation of the Strategy. For more information: • Visit the Department of Defence website • Download a copy of the Defence Export Strategy

SOUTH AUSTRALIA DIVISION CONTACT Paolo Corronca Technology Manager 0438 012 099

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QUEENSLAND DIVISION NEWS The WTIA would like to welcome Abhishek Trivedi to our Technology team. Based in Queensland, Abhishek will assist with customer welding needs and requirements. Abhishek is also taking the lead in developing welding solutions for the resources sector. Abhishek has over 10 years engineering experience in welding, metallurgy, materials and quality assurance, across the oil and gas, nuclear, defence, medical device and construction industries. He has worked across projects for a range of global companies, including some of the Fortune 500. With a Bachelor of Production Engineering and a Master of Engineering in Welding Technology, Abhishek also holds certifications in Welding Supervision and Inspection as well as Internal Auditing. Prior to joining the WTIA, Abhishek held various positions at CB&I Constructors, including Welding and Quality Engineer at the Wheatstone LNG Project, the Longford Gas Conditioning Plant and at CB&I’s Pinkenba Warehouse in Brisbane. He was also a Welding Engineer at Larsen & Toubro in their heavy engineering division, specialising in nuclear, heavy wall pressure vessels and marine, including submarines and high speed petrol boats. Why are you excited about joining the WTIA? “I have worked in the welding industry for 10 years now, for both clients and contractors. In

all my roles, I have always felt a sense of achievement when I’ve helped to save money or move a project forward. I guess you could say that I’ve always liked finding solutions and that is what the WTIA does: find solutions. Plus, welding and metallurgy have been always my passion. There is no better place to help people find solutions for welding and metallurgy related problems than at the WTIA.” “I also believe that the assistance offered by the WTIA can help Australian welders and fabricators better compete in the global market. The WTIA works to improve manufacturing, jobs and learning in our country.” What are the biggest opportunities for the Australian welding industry? “With large-scale projects across a range of sectors currently in progress, it is the perfect opportunity to upgrade the skills of the Australian welding industry. “ “Apple wouldn’t be Apple if they stopped reinventing themselves. While the welding industry is gradually reinventing itself, technology is changing at very rapid pace. As an industry,

Abhishek Trivedi (Welding Technology Manager, WTIA)

we need to keep up with these changes. We have a chance to work with robots and put ourselves into the driving position before the actual robotic revolution commences. With less manpower and an aging population, this could be the best chance for Australia to become a world leader in robotic manufacturing. Mechanisation and automation of welding will reach the stage where it is not an option, but a necessity.” “This will present a unique opportunity for engineers from all different backgrounds to work together to foster a solution that delivers cost optimisation. This will give Australian welders an edge when competing on a global scale.”

QUEENSLAND DIVISION CONTACT Abhishek Trivedi Welding Technology Manager 0409 670 433

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WESTERN AUSTRALIA DIVISION NEWS A report released by Newport Consulting in late January demonstrates that the Australian mining sector is sustaining its positive outlook. However, amid this positive upturn, it seems that mining leaders are grappling with ongoing skills shortages. Based on in-depth interviews with 50 mining industry leaders, the report shows that 42% plan to increase spending in 2017-2018, up 23% from 2016, while 25% of respondents plan to increase hiring, up by 8% compared to 2015-2016. According to the report, the number of miners showing cautious optimism has jumped 55% since 2015, with three-quarters of leaders showing renewed confidence in the sector’s growth. With automation fast becoming a reality for mining operations, other key takeaways from the report include a push from mining leaders to embrace new technology. Automation and Big Data are top of the agenda for mining leaders, with 21% of respondents believing automated haulage vehicles will be a top technology influence. Newport Consulting Managing Director, David Hand, said many mining companies are concerned that Australia will face a growing skills gap, particularly in the areas of technology and automation. “We spoke to many companies of all sizes that voiced concern over a widening skills gap, giving way to a pressing need to upskill and re-train the workforce. Miners must be able to meet the new digital demands of Australia’s mining future. Rio Tinto is a prime example of a company leading the field in this area, having recently partnered with the WA Government and TAFE Australia to provide vocational training in robotics for mining workers. The government should follow Rio Tinto’s lead to close this growing skills gap.”

UPCOMING EVENT: METAL CORED ARC WELDING PRESENTATION The Western Australia Division is pleased to invite members to attend a demonstration by Mike Smith of Smithweld Enterprises on how to get the best out of metal-cored arc welding obtaining optimum process performance. Mike is an engineer of vast experience, having worked at Lincoln Electric for over 20 years in various positions including State Manager before establishing Smithweld Enterprises in 1992. Mike will demonstrate the following: • One sided open root single bevel 2G position for welding bolsters to truck chassis, using the stich technique • Narrow gap 1G butt weld on 20mm plate • Pulse STT, 1.2 metal core • Mechanised welding of pipe using 1.2mm 1% Ni metal cored wire There will also be an opportunity for attendees to get involved with hands on participation so please bring PPE of long sleeves and pants, enclosed footwear and safety glasses or goggles. This event is free for WTIA members and representatives of member companies. Places are limited so register by Monday 19 February to avoid disappointment. Date & time: 22 February 2018 at 5:30pm Location: Polytechnic West, Burslem Drive, Thornlie

WESTERN AUSTRALIA DIVISION CONTACT Louise Petrick Technology Manager 0409 789 540

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NORTHERN TERRITORY DIVISION NEWS If you are an employer in the Northern Territory (NT) you can apply for funding to upskill or reskill your employees as part of the Industry Buildskills Program. So, if you’re thinking about upskilling your entire team in new welding methods and procedures, or perhaps training an individual employee to take on the role of Responsible Welding Coordinator, this is the perfect opportunity to secure government funding. The Industry Buildskills program targets employees who either: • Need a qualification or recognised skills to continue working in their job • Want to obtain higher level qualifications to make their employer more productive WHO CAN APPLY? You can apply for funding if you are one of the following: • An NT employer • An industry organisation • An employer association • A training advisory council • A union Priority is given to training that supports: • Occupations with skill shortages • Difficult to fill occupations • Occupations affected by changes to legislation or codes of practice

HOW TO APPLY To apply for Industry Buildskills Program funding you will need to submit an expression of interest. Your expression of interest must include all of the following: • A justification statement • Information about the employees who would complete the training • The qualifications or skill sets your employees need • Your preferred registered training organisation • When you would like the training to start • Your budget - including industry contribution CONTACT Send your expression of interest: • Workforce NT, GPO Box 3200, Darwin NT 0801 • Phone: (08) 8935 7732 •

FINCANTIERI SUPPORTS LOCAL INDUSTRY Fincantieri Australia held a supplier briefing with Northern Territory businesses in Darwin in January. The objective of the session was to showcase the vast opportunities for local industry in Fincantieri’s Global Supply Chain. The briefing, run in partnership with the Northern Territory Government, Australian Industry & Defence Network Northern Territory (AIDN-NT) and the Defence Teaming Centre, offered a chance for prospective supply chain partners across the Northern Territory to obtain a deeper understanding of the opportunities and advantages of partnering with Fincantieri. Fincantieri is one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups and is now operating in Australia to tender for Australia’s next major naval program – the SEA 5000 Future Frigates program. Chairman of Fincantieri Australia, Dario Deste said that should Fincantieri be selected in the tender, there would be significant opportunities for Australian companies to not only participate in the design and build process for Future Frigates, but to become involved in other global shipbuilding projects. Interested businesses can email or visit to register or for further information. NORTHERN TERRITORY DIVISION CONTACT Rebecca Hansen Membership Coordinator 02 8748 0135

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TRAINING & CERTIFICATION NEWS To kick-start 2018, Paul James (Training Manager, WTIA) has provided an update on several of the training projects on which he is currently working. This year is set to be a busy one for the WTIA’s training team, with a variety of new welding training courses currently under development. INTERNATIONAL WELDING SPECIALIST (IWS): DISTANCE LEARNING COURSE The International Institute of Welding (IIW) allows some courses to be delivered via distance learning. The WTIA is in the process of applying the distance learning methodology to our International Welding Specialist (IWS) course. Traditionally, IWS courses utilise a conventional classroom teaching approach. These courses are covered by a set of well-established guiding principles, issued by the IIW. The IIW also provides guidelines for an alternative approach using distance learning techniques. The aim of distance learning is to improve access to qualifications for those less able to attend faceto-face training. It is essential that the quality of courses delivered in this way are equivalent to that of the classroom learning. The IIW’s guidelines sets out the minimum requirements necessary to satisfy this objective. The standard face-to-face IWS course is comprised of 5 x 1 week modules, which are generally conducted at a major centre in each state. Applying the distance learning approach to this course, will reduce this to approximately a 2 week face-to-face course. Students still need to complete the remainder of the study

TRAINING CONTACT Paul James Training Manager 02 8748 0150

independently, but at a more self-paced rate. The self-study also includes assignments and exams. There are obviously many advantages to being able to complete study at home, including reduced travelling and less time spent away from home and work, therefore resulting in more time to actually study the course content. WELDING SUPERVISOR TRAINING COURSES The WTIA is also developing courses related to Welding Supervisor qualifications. As many members would be aware, gaining access to Welding Supervisor training (AS 1796 Cert 10 and AS 2214) is becoming more and more difficult each year. As such, the WTIA is developing a blended learning course comprised of online and distance learning content. It will eradicate all face-toface training components. As part of the redevelopment of the Welding Supervisor courses, we are seeking changes to some

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Australian Standards, which will accommodate online examinations. The courses being developed are: • Welding Supervisor Part 1: required to sit Paper A (theory) of the AS1796 Certificate 10 or AS 2214 Welding Supervisor. • Welding Supervisor Part 2: required to read and interpret Australian Standards in order to sit Paper B (code specific paper). Some examinations will be conducted as part of the online modules and the remainder will be conducted via WeldQ. ONLINE EXAMINATIONS As part of the improvement of these courses, we are also developing the capabilities of the WeldQ system so that all examinations can be delivered online, including both exam applications and facilitation. Once again, eradicating face-to-face exams reduces the amount of time students must spend away from home and work.

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TRAINING & CERTIFICATION NEWS What Is A Welding Engineer? By Paul James (Training Manager, WTIA) Lots of people call themselves Welding Engineers, but what does it really mean? Is it because they are a degree qualified engineer (such as a mechanical or materials engineer) with welding experience and skills? Or are they simply working in the fabrication industry with responsibilities in welding and have Welding Engineer as a job title? Some universities around the world offer welding degrees and post graduate degrees in welding. The people who graduate from these courses can quite happily call themselves a Welding Engineer. In Australia, while there are no bachelor degrees in welding, there have been some Masters programs over the years, such as those at Charles Darwin University and the University of Wollongong. There are some people who assert that the Cert III in Engineering (awarded by Registered Training Organisations) gives the title of Engineer. This is not correct.

the AQF and will have broad and coherent knowledge and skills for professional work. Engineering is the application of scientific knowledge and mathematical methods to practical purposes of the design, construction or operation. The bachelor degree is the standard university qualification and is recognised worldwide. Most courses take three to four years to complete. Then there are the degree qualified Engineers who because of their many years in the industry, have developed in depth knowledge of welding and fabrication. Even without formal welding education, these Engineers at times represent some of the better engineers because of their exposure to the practical aspects and application of welding in industry, but they are not qualified Welding Engineers. People who hold the International Institute of Welding (IIW)

International Welding Engineer (IWE) qualification are globally recognised and can demonstrate advanced knowledge and critical understanding of welding technology applications. IWEs have a primary degree in an engineering discipline (or its equivalent), are recognised by national governments and assessed by an Authorised Nominated Body. An IWE’s skills are also recognised by ISO 14731 to meet the competency levels essential to be a Responsible Welding Coordinator for the requirements of AS/NZS ISO 3834. Please note that I am not casting aspersions on anyone or pointing the finger. I am just trying to establish that people who assert themselves as Welding Engineers should be able to demonstrate the relevant evidence (qualifications, experience and skills) for that claim.

A Certificate III or IV in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), which are Level 3 and 4 respectively in the AQF, are the basic qualifications that prepare candidates for practical applications in the workplace and future upskilling. Graduates at these levels have theoretical and practical knowledge for skilled work in their respective chosen trade. Someone who has been awarded a bachelor degree in engineering is at Level 7 in

TRAINING CONTACT Paul James Training Manager 02 8748 0150

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2018 WTIA TRAINING CALENDAR The WTIA delivers a comprehensive range of training and certification services, all of which are designed to help Australian welders and fabrication companies achieve and maintain a competitive advantage. As the premier welding certification body in Australia, an International Institute of Welding (IIW) Authorised Nominated Body (ANB) and an Authorised Training Body (ATB), the WTIA offers a range of individual certifications, including: Welding Inspector, Welding Specialist, Welding Technologist, Welding Engineer, AS1796 Welding Supervisor Certificate 10, and AS2214 Welding Supervisor. INTERNATIONAL WELDING INSPECTOR - BASIC




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Week 1: 9 – 13 April 2018 Week 2: 7 – 11 May 2018 Week 3: 4 – 8 June 2018 Week 4: 2 – 6 July 2018 Week 5: 30 Jul – 3 Aug 2018

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IWT Module 1: 24 – 28 Sep 2018 IWT Practical: 3 – 7 Dec 2018 IWT Module 2: 10 – 14 Dec 2018 IWT Module 3: 18 – 22 Feb 2019 IWT Module 4: 13 – 17 May 2019

THE BENEFITS OF WTIA TRAINING & QUALIFICATION WTIA training and certification is a strong addition to your career portfolio. It demonstrates to employers that you possess advanced welding knowledge, essential to ensuring the highest levels of workmanship. Qualification demonstrates to employers that you are dedicated to continually learning and growing in your field. These are qualities that are essential for success in team leadership roles or for more complex projects. Designed to provide an interesting and stimulating industrial perspective, all our courses are supported by a broad range of major industry groups and hundreds of Australian companies. Plus, our presenters are all International Welding Engineers or Technologists with extensive industry experience. FURTHER INFORMATION For further information, or to enrol in a WTIA training course today, please contact: or +61 2 8748 0100, or visit The WTIA reserves the right to cancel or change dates of any training course due to insufficient registrations or other reasons beyond its control, and reserves the right to refuse enrolments. IN-HOUSE TRAINING The WTIA can present any of its courses to your employees in-house at the location of your choosing. We can also tailor training courses specifically for your company and employees. Contact us for details.

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FOR YOUR DIARY: UPCOMING EVENTS Whether you need to brush up on skills acquired years ago, or want to try your hand at something new, there’s sure to be an event for you. Keep in mind that attending WTIA events counts towards CPD requirements for certification applications and renewals. For details on these events or exams, contact or +61 2 8748 0100. WOMEN IN MANUFACTURING LEADERSHIP SUMMIT Melbourne, 22 February to 2 March 2018 Women are undeniably underrepresented across executive-level leadership roles in manufacturing. The Women in Manufacturing Leadership Summit will provide you with the tools necessary to unleash your leadership capabilities. This unmissable event will explore how to build confidence and seize opportunities. For details, visit: MATERIALS AND MAINTENANCE ADVANCEMENTS FOR MINING Bunbury, 16 or 17 May 2018 The successful application of materials and maintenance programs to mining plant and equipment is critical to the optimisation of an asset life cycle. Maintenance based technologies continue to evolve and their interplay with advanced materials will be discussed. For details, visit:

NATIONAL MANUFACTURING WEEK Sydney, 9 to 11 May 2018 National Manufacturing Week will be held in Sydney in May. The annual conference and exhibition is free to attend and will feature an exciting array of manufacturing industry products and companies, particularly in its dedicated ‘Welding Zone’. For details, visit: 71ST IIW ANNUAL ASSEMBLY & INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE Bali, 15 to 20 July 2018 The IIW 2018 International Conference, organised by Indonesian Welding Society will take place on 15 to 20 July 2018 at Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center, Bali, Indonesia. In conjunction with the IIW General Annual Assembly, the conference is a forum for networking and knowledge exchange among scientists, researchers, and industry related to welding. For details, visit:

UPCOMING WTIA EXAM DATES IWI B AND IWI S 19 and 20 April IWS AND WTIA WELDING SUPERVISOR (AS 1796 Cert 10 and AS 2214) 13 and 14 June Examinations are generally held in capital cities around Australia. Locations and start and finish times of examinations are provided upon confirmation of registration. For further information about IIW and WTIA exams, please contact

PIPELINE REPAIR, HOT TAPPING & IN-SERVICE WELDING Sydney, 23 to 24 October 2018 This WTIA workshop will provide an overview of pipeline modification and repair, and address common concerns associated with welding onto in-service pipelines. It will cover thermal analysis models, including the Battelle model, heat sink capacity method and the PRCI thermal model. For details, visit:

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Weld Connect February 2018  

Weld Connect is the official monthly e-newsletter of the WTIA, serving Australia’s welding, fabrication and manufacturing industry professio...

Weld Connect February 2018  

Weld Connect is the official monthly e-newsletter of the WTIA, serving Australia’s welding, fabrication and manufacturing industry professio...