Certified Welding Supervisor Seminar
 
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About the Certified Welding Supervisor Seminar
The Certified Welding Supervisor seminar was developed to teach individuals the mastery that welding supervisors must be capable of demonstrating. This five-day course focuses on the knowledge a supervisor needs to support improvement of the welders' environment, productivity, throughput, weld quality and safety. Participants will learn the science rather than the art of welding for a better control of variables in the welding process. This program focuses on the economics of welding and is the first AWS program designed to enhance the profit margins of welding fabrication companies.

Who can benefit from attending the seminar?

  • Welding Supervisors
  • Foremen
  • Line Leaders
  • Lead Welders
  • Engineers or anyone involved in the design drawings
  • Personnel involved in bidding or quoting work in the welding fabrication operation
  • Purchasing personnel
  • Drawing preparation personnel, or detailers
  • Corporate Welding Instructors

What are the advantages of becoming a CWS?

  • Learn ways to increase welding productivity
  • Learn ways to improve welding processes and production
  • Learn the keys to cost-effective welding
  • Learn to improve throughput, weld quality and safety
  • Learn how to improve your welder's environment
  • Acquire key skills: supervisory, process control management, increased productivity through efficient use of welding resources and cost reductions, open communications
  • Add value to your professional career development
  • Gain recognition from your peers
  • You will have made an investment in your career and in the future of your employer
  • You'll have a better understanding of factors that can directly affect your company's bottom line
  • You'll be more valuable to your employer

Course Syllabus
Introduction
Total Welding Management
Welding Training
Productivity and Quality Improvement
Welding and Cutting Process
Quality Standards and Inspection
Welding Health and Safety
Base and Filler Metals
Auditing, Monitoring and Reporting
Welding Codes and Standards

Body of Knowledge (*= not essential, but desirable)
PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT

Supervision

  1. Coordination of jobs and personnel*
  2. Provision and maintenance of adequate instructions
  3. Advise welding personnel on welding instructions (e.g., welding/NDE symbols)
  4. Supervision of job performance

Codes/Quality Management (QM) Requirements

  1. Coordination of jobs and personnel in accordance with welding-related qualifications*
  2. Initiating and maintaining welder qualification records*
  3. Coordination and internal supervision of welder qualification tests*

Qualification of Personnel

  1. Planning and coordination of training/qualification of welding-related personnel

Safety

  1. Training of personnel on welding safety requirements
  2. Coordination of safety-related functions and personnel*

WELDING PREPARATION AND FABRICATION

Planning

  1. Assessment of weldability and practical application (joint design, stresses, materials, jigs, and fixtures required)*
  2. Feedback and liaison with designer/client/other concerned parties*
  3. Development of welding procedures (including heat treatment, welding sequence, distortion control, etc.)*
  4. Planning and coordination of welding-related work (job scheduling/outside contracts such as NDE)*
  5. Coordination of safety requirements (hot working permit/fume control)
  6. Coordination of personnel, production, workplace, and material requirements*

Control

  1. Welding quality (control that specified weld quality is met)<
  2. Welding-related documentation
  3. Economy of process application*
  4. Correct application of welding procedures, materials, personnel, and equipment
  5. Control of job schedules (also contractors)
  6. Consumables (stock control/ordering)
  7. Budget and cost*

Equipment/Consumables

  1. Condition (maintenance/calibration)
  2. Consumables storage and issue
  3. Safety equipment (protective clothing, etc.)

QUALITY MANAGEMENT AND QUALITY CONTROL REQUIREMENT

Personnel

  1. Coordination of code or internal QM requirements and welder qualification (also subcontractors)*

Procedure

  1. Coordination of code requirements, welding procedures, NDE and quality plans*
  2. Control of correct application of procedures (including joint preparation, preheat, and postheat treatment, welding sequence)

Procedure Testing

  1. Coordination of welding procedure qualification test*
  2. Internal supervision of welding procedure testing

Materials/Prefabrication

  1. Ensure that parent material and consumables meet specification
  2. Control quality of prefabrication (dimensions, joint preparations) so it meets specifications

Welding Inspection

  1. Ensure that all welding meets the specified requirements before inspection is initiated
  2. Ensure that all welding inspection (e.g., NDT) tasks are performed

Documentation

  1. Recording of required documentation
  2. Filing/distribution of required documentation*

Certified Welding Supervisor Program Fees


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AWS reserves the right to cancel or change the published date of an exam preparation seminar listed if an insufficient number of registrations are received. Prices are subject to change without notice.

TESTIMONIALS

I recommend that any business that has visions of reducing their cost of welding should seriously consider sending their key welding people to the CWS training offered by AWS and incorporating them into their company processes. Quality welds are essential, but economically produced welds keeps one competitive.
­ Dale Jermyn ­ Director, Process Improvement and Training ­ Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co., Inc

It is a must for everyone who manages, designs, estimates, plans, purchases, inspects and supervises welders.
­ Jackie W. Morris, Quality Manager ­ Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co., Inc.

This program changes the whole mindset and emphasizes the importance of reducing weld size and improving quality; all the while increasing productivity by reducing arc time per unit length ­ reducing motion and delay ­ reducing defects (rework) ­ and reducing work effort.
­ Jackie W. Morris ­ Quality Manager, Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co., Inc.

As a young man in the business side of industry with little actual welding experience, the course itself was a perfect blend of welding fundamentals and economic/mathematical calculations for budgets and planning. With the support of management, we were able to realize both the labor and material savings opportunities that result just from looking at welding operations. They will have ability to change the corporate fabric to accomplish those savings; changes a foreman or line manager would have a hard time doing alone. By taking the CWS course together, all levels of management can accomplish a substantial cost savings.
­ Welding Supervisor, Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co., Inc.

The CWS Course has made me look at welding in a different mindset; it is no longer just another part of the manufacturing process, but it can turn a money-making job into a losing venture, not only with money spent but with time lost. The 'more weld is better' attitude doesn't work anymore. As a Quality Assurance Inspector, I feel more at ease in identifying what is acceptable and what is overkill, and with the CWS course as my guide, I feel more comfortable talking to a welder and offering him different solutions to combat over welding.
­ Michael S. Moore, Quality Assurance Inspector, Bender Shipbuilding

With my CWS training, I can help my company better meet deadlines and budgets by better educating those that can make the difference, the welders themselves. I have received numerous thank you's from the welders I talk to by taking the time to offer them advice, looking at their welding as a benefit to the company and not just a necessary part of manufacturing, and helping them to better the job that they do, no matter where they work. All in all, the CWS Course has made me a better welding inspector and a better welder, too.
­ Michael S. Moore, Quality Assurance Inspector, Bender Shipbuilding

Cancellations & Refunds

EXAM ONLY: The Certification Department MUST receive a Request to Cancel Seminar/Certification Exam Form two weeks before the scheduled exam date. Registrants will be refunded in full, less a $75 administrative fee. If a cancellation notice is received less than two weeks before, registrants will be refunded in full less a $140 administrative fee. A No Show is liable for all registration fees.

SEMINAR ONLY: The Education Services Department MUST receive a cancellation in writing two weeks before the first day of the scheduled seminar. Registrants will be refunded in full, less a $75 administrative fee. If a cancellation notice is received less than two weeks before, registrants will be refunded in full, less a $175 administrative fee. Substitutions or transfers to another site with two weeks notice are complimentary. A No Show is liable for all registration fees.

SEMINAR AND EXAM: The Certification Department MUST receive a Request to Cancel Seminar/Certification Exam Form two weeks before the first day of the seminar. Registrants will be refunded in full, less a $75 administrative fee. If a cancellation notice is received less than two weeks before, registrants will be refunded in full, less a $315 administrative fee. A No Show is liable for all registration fees.

IMPORTANT NOTES: AWS reserves the right to cancel any exam preparation seminar and/or exam if the number of participants is insufficient. In the event of cancellation by AWS, all fees will be refunded in full, or the participant may reschedule to the next available seminar. Should a cancellation become necessary, AWS will attempt to contact all registrants verbally, no later than 10 days before the scheduled program. In either case, AWS shall have no further liability. We suggest you confirm your course status before making final travel plans, by calling 800-443-9353, ext. 223. If you are flying, we recommend you purchase refundable airline tickets.

Reference Materials

  • Standard Symbols for Welding, Brazing, and Nondestructive Examination - AWS A2.4:2012
  • Standard Welding Terms and Definitions - AWS A3.0:2010
  • Safety in Welding Cutting, and Allied Processes - ANSI Z49.1:2005
  • Specification for the Qualification of Welding Supervisors - AWS B5.9:2006
  • Economics of Welding and Cutting - AWS WHC1.12
  • AWS Welding Handbook Series - WHB-ALL
  • NSRP Study
  • AWS Book of Specifications
  • AWS QC13, Specification for the Certification of Welding Supervisors
  • Introduction to Welding Processes handout
  • Total Welding Management©


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