NCPWB Seminar - Walter Sperko "Training Program for Visual Examiners of B31 Pipe Welding" - Jan. 11, 2022

Jan 11, 2022 08:00 AM - 03:30 PM Local Union 33, 2501 Bell Ave., Des Moines, IA 50321

About the Speaker: Walter J. Sperko, P.E., founded Sperko Engineering Services, Inc. in 1981. Mr. Sperko has extensive experience in welding engineering, metallurgical engineering, design, failure analysis, and quality assurance. His industrial experience is primarily with piping, pressure vessels, storage tanks and structural steel. He has a BA and a BS in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. Walter is a professional Engineer registered in North Carolina and other states.

Topic:  Training Program For Visual Examinars of B31 Pipe Welding

Date/Time:   Tuesday, January 11, 2022

7:30 to 8:00am – Donuts & Coffee
8:00am to Noon – Seminar
Noon to12:30pm – Lunch catered
12:30 to 3:30pm – Seminar

Location:    Local Union 33, 2501 Bell Avenue, Des Moines, IA

Fee:             There is no cost to attend.

Description: The following are specific technical areas in which a person who will be responsible for the supervision and/or inspection of piping installations will be trained in order to ensure that they will be competent to visually inspect pipe welding work which must meet B31 Code requirements.  This seminar is also highly recommended for upper management personnel who will ultimately be responsible for the quality of the work.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Purpose of Inspection
  • Basis for Performing Inspections
  • Reading and Interpreting Drawing and Specifications
  • Performing Inspections
  • Documentation of Inspection

Weld Flaws and Visual Examination

  • Types of Flaws
  • The Importance of Adequate Lighting
  • Use of Inspection Tools and Aids
  • Sources of Flaws - Welder, Electrode or Procedure
  • Evaluation of Flaws

Welding Symbols and Joint Preparation

  • Types of Grooves
  • Fillet Welds
  • Parts of a Joint
  • Importance of Joint Preparation
  • Welding Symbols

Other Inspection Methods

  • Liquid Penetrant
  • Magnetic Particle
  • Radiography
  • Ultrasonic

Welding Processes

  • SMAW, GTAW, GMAW
  • Storage and Care of Electrodes, Fluxes and Filler Metal
  • Overview and typical Defects associated with each Process

Applicable Codes and Standards

  • ASME B31.1 (major emphasis)
  • ASME B31.3
  • B31.5
  • B31.9

Preheat and Postweld Heat Treatment

  • Preheating
  • Postweld Heat Treatment

Preparation of Reports

  • Assignment of Inspection Hold Points
  • Inspection Reports
  • Coordination with Authorized or Jurisdictional Inspector and/or Customer Inspector
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