As part of our top tips series, we will be undertaking a Q&A with Paul Flynn – an experienced Supervisor at John Tracey Specialist Welding, each month, focusing on the range of exotic metals the team work with. This month, Paul focuses on another key element of our service – training! Having overseen over 30,000 graduates to date, Paul has a host of training tips to share for the most effective training!
STEP 1. ASSESSMENT.
When training a welder, regardless of ability, it is always prudent to assess on arrival. A simple multi run fillet test in the overhead position is effective to gauge ability. This is a simple test that will give great feedback for assessment of the trainee/welder.
The assessment consists of the following:
When using the MMA process for example, consideration for the amps they intend to use is key. A slightly higher output is required on the overhead to counteract gravity and have enough power to achieve the weld. The angle and speed of progression along the weld is also important to assess the practical skill and technique of the trainee/welder and lastly shape and uniformity of the beads to ensure equilateral leg lengths for the perfect fillet weld.
STEP 2. MOCK TEST.
We will assume we are training towards a 6G/Hi – Lo 45 pipe test. Firstly, train on a simplified full penetration butt weld in the (PF) position in plate before going straight to the 6G mock test as this will allow the trainee/welder to build a confidence in themselves and with the process they are using for the test. It is important to let take the mock test to completion. I have always found reassuring the trainee/welder helps calm their nerves which can cause untold problems when the test is being carried out, a calm reassured welder is paramount to a test being carried out successfully. Once they have achieved an acceptable full penetration butt weld in plate then we would proceed to an actual mock up trial of the intended final 6G test.
STEP 3. TEST DAY.
As there is no help given to the trainee/welder during their test it is important to reassure them and remind them of the good work and habits learned during the previous days training before they sit the test and if you have been diligent and patient during their training you should see only positive results from that.