By Chris Gerics
Fredericton, New Brunswick — April 19, 2016 — CSN-Dana’s Collision Center has announced that two of its techs have successfully completed I-CAR’s Structural Parts Steel Welding Series certification. Adam Robinson and Troy Copeland are now I-CAR qualified in Steel, Structural Steel and Aluminum welding.
The Structural Parts Steel Welding Series (SPS05) covers the basic principles and techniques of structural steel sectioning. Building off the Steel GMA Welding Series, it includes a review of equipment setup and preparation. Other techniques and principles that are included in the program are measuring, cutting, and part alignment before any actual hands-on testing occurs.
Dana Alexander, owner/operator of CSN-Dana’s Collision Center in Fredericton, New Brunswick gave Collision Repair magazine a rundown of what’s involved in the certification.
“It’s a whole day course, half of it is orientation and practice, and the second half is physically doing the welding which is followed by a destructive test,” he says. The course instructs technicians to weld in three different positions (flat, vertical, and overhead), as well as measure, cut and weld to include plug, offset fillet and butt joints with backing welds. This is followed by a strict overview from the instructor to ensure quality and proper application of technique.
The certification was held at the New Brunswick Community College in St. John, New Brunswick. Alexander says the certification is an important step in ensuring the safety of vehicle repair.
“If you have a vehicle tearing down the highway at 100 kilometres an hour, you want to make sure that the repair welds are as strong as the original welds, and the structural integrity of the vehicle reacts the same as it was designed to do in the event of another accident,” says Alexander.