I-Car Welding Qualification
Before taking the Steel Welding Qualification Test, you will receive a package that includes the I-Car WCS03 disc, an I-Car Steel Welding Gauge, and a complete list of required tools and personal protective equipment. The student should:
- Review the I-Car WCS03 disc. All parameters of the test are explained in detail on the disc.
- Practice on 18-gauge, automotive grade, 60/60 electrogalvanized steel.
- Inspect their test welds visually using the supplied I-Car Steel GMA (MIG) Welding Gauge.
- Destructively test their welds using the destructive testing instructions.
On the day of the test, the I-Car test administrator will:
- Go through the welding test procedures and show the videos on how the welds are made and will be visually and destructively tested.
- Explain the rules of the Steel Welding Qualification Test
- Inspect the tools and equipment you brought
- Allow you to pick out a welding station. Welding machines are provided for the test
- Answer questions on the equipment at the welding stations
On the day of the test, students are required to bring the following personal protective equipment:
- A welding helmet
- Welding gloves
- Safety glasses, which must be worn at all times
- A welding respirator (NIOSH approved)
- Safety footwear, CSA approved
- Welding jacket or welding sleeves (optional)
The student is also required to bring these additional items on the day of the test:
- Photo identification
- An I-Car GMA (MIG) Welding Gauge
- Your Canadian I-CAR ID number
- Prescription glasses, reading glasses or a cheater lens if required
On the day of the test:
- There will be two hours to complete the entire test
- The test is divided into two segments, one hour for the vertical and one hour for the overhead portions
- The first 40 minutes of each segment is used for practicing the welds in each position
- This is followed by 20 minutes for the actual test in each position
The four basic welds you are required to complete in the vertical and overhead positions are:
- Butt joint with backing
- Open butt joint
- Fillet weld on lap joint
- Plug weld on lap joint