Thank you, Mr. Leimkuhler. I guess I'm not sure if it would be worth my
time, money, and effort, since PSNS Shop 26 has to follow NAVSEA rules.
As a weldor, I pour my rod can or spool into the joint, if it looks
pretty I leave it, if not I grind it till it passes VT, then I sign off
on our QA paperwork. Then Code 135 comes in for any other NDT needed.
I've not had a joint fail on VT, MT, UT, or RT yet, and due to my size I
get stuck in a lot of crappy little holes on patches and joints that get
"elevated" NDTs. I typically weld on submarine hull patches, torpedo
racks, missile tubes, clad the occasional tank,....
I know a lot of what the AWS requires of their card-carrying weldors is
either learned from the Navy, or borrowed by the Navy. I'm not sure
that having the AWS say I can do something that NAVSEA trained, tested,
and works me out on a daily basis would be of much benefit unless I left
For our VT qualification, we have to pass a J-1 Jaeger vision test, a
written test on terminology, and a practical test that has six welds on
one plate (all have multiple problems). I have no knowledge of any of
the codes and regulations that real-world weldors need to have, all my
knowledge, skills and abilities come from training in the Apprentice
program in Shop 26, the Weld School at PSNS and from OJT on the
I have also discovered that I know nothing about hobby welding. I have
no clue what kind of power to run in my new playroom (garage) for
welding - everything I use at work is big, and sucks more juice than the
main breaker on my house could supply!
Thanks again for your reply- I've saved it for future reference....