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Weld School and Certification

Why Choose Training and Certification

The welding of aluminum is a specialized area within the welding fabrication industry. Many companies today are moving to the welding of aluminum from other materials such as steel. In order to succeed in this industry, it is important to fully understand the technology.

Don't leave your aluminum welding quality to chance. Process control through welder and procedure qualification can help to provide assurance against product liability and help promote a more reliable, safe and dependable product.

Is your process under control?
Process control is an important part of your quality system. Training and certification of personnel can improve manufacturing efficiency and profitability. This may be achieved by using process control to reduce rework, and improve quality and productivity.


AlcoTec's consultancy services are designed to provide our customers with assistance in a wide range of areas, which include:
  • Welder Performance Qualification
  • Welding Procedure Qualification
  • Specialized Training Programs
  • Review of Current or Proposed Welding Procedure Specifications


Welder Performance Qualification
Welders that are qualified to a national welding code, often referred to as "Coded Welders", can be an asset to your company. They can provide assurance to both you and your customers that welding has been performed by personnel who have been tested and certified to meet recognized national quality standards.

Welding Procedure Qualification
The developement and qualification of suitable welding procedures, particularly in accordance with a national welding code or standard, such as AWS D1.2 can be a very important part of a manufacturer's quality control system.

Specialized Training Programs

Practical Training
We offer training to welders in both the GMAW and GTAW processes. This training can be combined with both welder performance and/or welding procedure qualification. Such training programs can be customized to address individual customer requirements and, if required, combine specific theoretical aspects with hands-on welding.

Technical Training
We offer training in aluminum welding technology at all levels. AlcoTec can customize a training program to meet your needs and designed specifically for your welders, welding supervisors, welding inspectors, engineering and/or technical sales personnel. A variety of topics can be tailored to your specific needs:

  • Welding Equipment Evaluation
  • Metal Preparation Methods
  • Welding Procedure Developement
  • Weld discontinuities
  • Alloy and Temper Designation System
  • Welding Metallurgy
  • Filler Alloy Selection
  • Welding Codes and Standards
  • Design Considerations for Welding Aluminum

On and Off-site Service
AlcoTec can provide training at your facility or at AlcoTec's Training and Testing Facility in Traverse City, Michigan. AlcoTec's AWS Certified Welding Inspectors (CWI's) and Engineers are available to assist with your training, testing, and qualification needs. Destructive and non-destructive testing of welded samples can be conducted at AlcoTec's welding laboratory. Necessary documentation will be prepared and issued in accordance with the relevant welding code as permanet proof of qualification and as part of your quality assurance program.


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