Few industrial processes are as important to modern life as welding; it is why we have cars on the road and metal bridges like the Blackfriars Street Bridge in Ontario, to name just a few. It makes sense that if you’re going to have some welding done, you’ll want to be assured of the highest quality. An article by Great Falls Tribune writer Peter Johnson reveals why you can look forward to exactly that when you consult established Ontario machine shop welders, like those from Central Machine and Marine, for a job:
Seven students from around the United States and Canada took a rigorous, 37.5-hour class at Great Falls College Montana State University last week, training supervisors how to have their plants meet Canadian Welding Bureau standards. Supervisors must be CWB certified so metal fabrication plants in Montana and other states can ship their finished products, including large modules for the oil sands industry in northern Alberta, over the border.
“Nobody can possibly memorize the two thick and complex code books dealing with structure and personnel,” said welding instructor Lou Petillot, who came down from Milton, Ontario, to teach the course. “The course is designed to teach students to navigate through the codes and resolve issues that come up in their plant projects in ways that meet CWB standards.”
Lessons conducted over the five-day seminar ran the gamut from shop certification requirements; to welder and procedure testing; to welding quality control practices; to learning how to read, use, and prepare Welding Procedure Data Sheets, among others. At the end, the students took exams on identifying welding symbols, welding faults, and typical inspection methods.
Should the students move on to earn CWB certification, their newfound prestige won’t stop there. They will also find themselves a step closer to winning the highest standards. Local shops like Central Machine and Marine, for example, offer professional machining and millwrighting services backed by the ISO 9001-2008 series Quality Management Program Certificate #3291-4. This doesn’t just mean quality service on their part; it also means world-class service, and as far as standards go, you can be sure they don’t get much higher than that.
The next time you need anything from major welding to large fabrication in Ontario carried out, give your neighbourhood machine shop a call. You can leave things to them knowing they’ll make nothing less than a masterpiece of the job.
(Article and Image Excerpt from Great Falls College Offers International Welding Certification, Great Falls Tribune, 28 October 2014)