When ease of use and quality are complementary ... Numerous training centers provide access to welding qualifications. The main aim of the standard is to verify the skill and dexterity of a welder in performing precise welding work, and to ensure that candidates are suitably skilled to implement precise tasks.
VARIED TRAINING APPROACHES, BUT A STANDARDS-BASED, STRICT ENVIRONMENT!
As there is extreme variation in welding processes and techniques, welders often pursue further training to hone their skills and focus on a specialist area.
The trade operates under a very strict, standards-based regime that addresses the type of metal that is used, different types of welding, and different sectors where welders may work. Standards must be approved by an independent organization. In 2015, the new standard NF EN ISO 9606-1 defined the skills-based testing for fusion welding steel using manual or partially-automated welding techniques. It delivers a set of technical rules that allow these skills to be recognized and accepted on a standard basis, independently of the type of product.
Meanwhile, ISO 24394:2008 specifies the skills that are required of welders and welding operators for fusion welding metallic components to be used in aerospace applications. It assesses the welders’ knowledge of welding theory, their hand-eye coordination and their knowledge of a series of technical definitions.
MACHINES TO SUPPORT MANUAL WELDING WITH NO ADDITIONAL TRAINING
Because these vital qualifications are so comprehensive, they represent a barrier to entry to the welding trade. It is now widely acknowledged that automation provides a way and that it tends to be used as a substitute for the more basic welding tasks. In parallel, highly qualified welders are in high demand in certain, highly specialized sectors such as nuclear engineering or the aerospace industry.
The profession of the machine welder comes into its own when performing automated or robotized installations when assembling structural components. The enhanced levels of quality and safety achieved in this way can be achieved by workers who are not expert welders, but who can use the machines without holding expert qualifications. Their ease of use, thanks to a simplified setup process, opens the door to achieving this.
ORBITAL WELDING: EASE OF USE COMBINED WITH HIGH QUALITY
Some orbital welding machines are so easy to use that they can be operated even by inexperienced welders. Only a few hours’ training is required. The entire process is taken care of: cutting, chamfering and preparation of pipes before welding. Preparation typically represents 80% of a welder’s total effort, and with automated solutions, welders are directly involved in the exceptional levels of quality and safety that can be achieved.
Orbital welding machines innovate by setting new standards for precision and ease of use. The electronic compensates in real time for the movement of the welder and the machines can be used in part by non-expert welders while still delivering quality work. Even so, in view of the complexity of new technology and the industrial world in general, the demand for highly qualified expert welders persists.