AWS - Certified Welding Engineer Program

Who is the AWS Certified Welding Engineer?
A person with the demonstrated education, experience, and knowledge as defined by this information and who successfully passes the required examinations is considered qualified as an AWS Certified Welding Engineer (CWEng).

The CWEng is capable of directing those operations associated with weldments and other types of joints that are completed in accordance with the appropriate contract documents, codes, and other standards to produce a satisfactory product. The welding engineer¹s activities begins before production or construction welding and continues through the production process then ending when the production process is complete.

Each employer is responsible for defining the specific duties of the CWEng in place of employment.

NOTE: While the AWS CWEng has established excellent credentials, qualification to this specification alone may not legally qualify the engineer to provide technical services to the public. Contract documents, building or jurisdiction laws may require technical services to be performed under the direction and responsibility of others such as a registered Professional Engineer. The AWS CWEng designation DOES NOT imply the status of a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) under the laws of any state or other governmental entity.


Education and Experience Requirements for Access to the Examinations
Each individual for qualification as an AWS CWEng shall possess one of the following combinations of education and relevant experience to be eligible for the AWS CWEng examination. You must meet one of the conditions below in order to gain entrance to the examination.

  1. Individuals with a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in engineering and a minimum of one (1) year of related experience.
  2. Individuals with a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in engineering technology and a minimum of two (2) years of related experience.
  3. Individuals with other related Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degrees and a minimum of five (5) years of related experience.
  4. Individuals with an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree and a minimum of ten (10) years of related experience.
  5. Individuals who have successfully completed high school or an equivalent program and a minimum fifteen (15) years of related experience.

For a list of references identified as useful study guides for the Body of Knowledge covered in AWS B5.16, Section 8, see Annex A of AWS B5.16, Specification for the Qualification of Welding Engineers.


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