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A couple weeks ago I took a certification test in my welding class. Even though school is over I went in to the welding class today so I could see, and help bend the test pieces. Well, I passed! Each test plate has two strips cut out and bent, each one had a tiny hole that opened up, but it was still well within the tolerances.

There where 9 that took it, and 8 of us passed; the one fail had lack of fusion and split wide open. One of the 9 did an overhead plate, as well as vertical, but it had a lot of porosity in it and we knew it would fail before I even bent it.

I am now certified by the American Welding Society to weld in the flat, horizontal, and vertical positions on any thickness, with any electrode.

Next year, I hope to take the overhead portion.
 

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Here is a picture of what the joint was like; these are from a different certification test I took last month, but the fit up is exactly the same thing. The joint is 5 inches long, 1 inch plates with a 45 degree V-groove, and a 3/8 backing strip.

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The two strips are taken one inch in each direction from the center. Here are my two strips after the bend test. You can see that each one has a small hole.

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Thanks everybody! I am very glad to have passed!

Dave, I have never been there; although, it is only an hour away. Maybe I will go to the next one!
 

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Thanks again!

Kieth, that is not something I learned in class! Even if I did know that, the code is VERY strict on fit up and that is the way it must be tacked together.
 

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Congrats Ryan! I've been watching, but not commenting, and I must say I am not surprised that you passed. However, from your descriptions, I AM surprised so many from your class did so well! Kudos to them also.
Well, between the two welding classes, there are 40 or so students. While some of them are not the best kids, most of those kids are also pretty good welders! There was a 10th kid who took the test... But got kicked out halfway through. He had a bad attitude and kept using his phone, so the inspector told him to leave.
 
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