I"m sorry I missed the beginning of this thread.
Here are a few important facts about Qualifying/Certifying welders in our neck of the woods;l
Wisconsin's building code requires any
structural steel welding in buildings to be
completed by a qualified welder. Every structural
steel welder must be properly registered and
carry a valid welder registration card issued by
the Department of Commerce.
These qualifications must be carried out by examiners "certified by the state"
Now if you are building widgets... Or farm equipment and your contract specifies D1.1 You certainly don't need a State Certified Examiner to qualify your welders..... But if you are making buildings and structures you probably do.
Here is a link to the datahttp://commerce.wi.gov/SBdocs/SB-BoilerStrucWeldBroch10823.pdf
It just happens that some of the Tech Colleges employ folks who are certified by the department of commerce and so they hold seminars and cert days on a regular schedule.
I know a few free agent examiners out there too... :)
A free agent could get quite a bit done with a good wrap around bender and a range of dies for different thicknesses... The RT and Tensiles could be farmed out to Stork or some other big testing house if you were doing PQR's or other more advanced work.
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