Act fast to secure place on friction stir welding training workshops in 2015

Act fast to secure place on friction stir welding training workshops in 2015

Demand for skills in Friction Stir Welding (FSW) shows no sign of abating, with another fully booked training course having taken place at TWI’s Yorkshire Technology Centre, UK.

A group of engineers hailing from companies in the aerospace, marine and automotive sectors completed the TWI Foundation and Intermediate Award in FSW training course, which took place at TWI’s Rotherham-based training facility in March.

The diversity of the companies represented among the attendees reflects the versatility of FSW, which has been used in the fabrication of objects ranging from the Apple iMac to the fuel tank of the Space Shuttle.

Course tutor Stephen Cater said: ‘The course was well received by the attendees who took part, with the strong emphasis on practical training coming in for particular praise. Feedback from the attendees suggested they enjoyed being able to use TWI’s state-of-the-art equipment to make friction stir welds, and being given the chance to carry out inspections to demonstrate the absence of defects.’

The course lasted three days: one to gain Foundation, followed by two more leading to the Intermediate Award. At the end of the course, attendees were given the opportunity to take an exam demonstrating that they had a level of knowledge of FSW in line with the recommendations of ISO 25239.

The next FSW training courses are scheduled for September in Rotherham, UK. Places are limited so early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.

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