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This A Quick Guide to Welding and Weld Inspection by Steven Hughes book was written to provide a quick guide to welding inspection which is easy to read and understand.
There are many books covering all aspects of welding (many of them go into great detail on the subject) but it is difficult to find books specifically covering weld inspection requirements.
This A Quick Guide to Welding and Weld Inspection by Steven Hughes book’s subjects are purposely not covered in great detail because it is assumed that the reader is able to find detailed books on specific subject areas of particular interest.
What this A Quick Guide to Welding and Weld Inspection by Steven Hughes book will do is give you a basic understanding of the subject and so help you decide if you need to look further.
In many cases the depth of knowledge required for any particular welding-related subject will be dependent on specific industry requirements.
In all situations, however, the welding inspector’s role is to ensure that welds have been produced and tested in accordance with the correct code specified procedures and that they are code compliant.
Code compliance in this sense means that the weld meets all the requirements of the defect acceptance criteria specified within the code.
Inspectors considering training to achieve certified welding inspector status under certification schemes such as CSWIP (Certification Scheme for Welding Inspection Personnel) or PCN (Personal Certification Number) will find the A Quick Guide to Welding and Weld Inspection by Steven Hughes book a useful pre-course learning aid giving coverage of the ‘body of knowledge’ they are expected to be familiar with.
Nonwelding personnel will find it a useful introduction to the world of welding inspection.
Some people believe that a welding inspector must have previous welding experience, but this is not necessarily true as welding and welding inspection are two totally different subjects.
Welding is naturally a mainly practical ‘skill of hand’ process and requires dexterity and good hand-to-eye coordination from the welder.
The inspector does not require this practical skill but must be able to oversee the welding process, take accurate measurements, interpret the requirements of codes and standards, and ensure that completed welds are in compliance with the relevant code requirements.
A good inspector is one who does not take shortcuts and ensures that procedures are properly followed.