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    Default Aluminum certifications

    Does anybody know of where you can get certifications for aluminum? I am in Seattle and am looking for tig and mig certs. I am WABO(Washington Association of Building Officals) certified for flux-core but they don't do aluminum.
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    Check with the AWS

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    Unlike steel Aluminum has no prequalified welding procedures (re AWS D1.1 - D1.3)

    So to carry an aluminum certification first you would need a qualified procedure then to test to that procedure.

    The fact that no prequalified procedures exist for aluminum necessitates contractors to establish and qualify procedures for each joint (once the essential variables have been exceeded). So project "A" might need several procedures, project "B" might only need one.


    My question to you is why are you looking for this cert?

    TJ
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    No specific reason I am looking for the cert, but I would like to be certified for as much stuff as possible. Also something my company can throw at customers. I've seen job ads that mention aluminum certs with the Coast Guard but I havn't been able to find anything.
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    Thumbs up USCG Aluminum Certifications

    Quote Originally Posted by Clavacle View Post
    No specific reason I am looking for the cert, but I would like to be certified for as much stuff as possible. Also something my company can throw at customers. I've seen job ads that mention aluminum certs with the Coast Guard but I havn't been able to find anything.
    The US Coast Guard only certifies its own people through its Damage Control A-School or a special request for C-School. Both schools are located at the US Navy's Great Lakes Training Center. The certification is only good for Active Duty USCG personnel performing welding on 87' WPB, 110' WPB, 270' WMEC, and 325' WHEC Class CG Cutters. The "Black Hull Fleet" (ATON vessels) are made of steel as opposed to 5356 Aluminum. The 25' RB-S and 25' RB-HS Homeland Security Response Boats are made of 4043, 5356, 6061-T6, and 8086 grade aluminums but ALL welding on those vessels are handled by the company that manufactures them: S.A.F.E. Boats International in Wisconsin. ALL aluminum welding shipside in the USCG is GTAW. GMAW is permissible for brows, shoreside trailers, stanchions, rails, steps (ladders), etc.

    Cut yourself some coupons and weld them in whatever position you want or are going to be needing and then mail them to the AWS or Hobart Institute for a bend-test. For additional information on Aluminum Certs, PM SundownIII and ask him where he sends his people for testing.

    Clint Baxley
    Baxley Welding Service
    Rembert, SC 29128

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