What will I learn?

The topics covered include:

  • Detailed explanations of all the information covered in the API 653 'Body of Knowledge' including ASME welding requirements for storage tanks sections IX and API 650
  • ASME non-destructive testing principles and application of section V
  • Storage tank design review API 650, weld sizes, tank nozzle reinforcement, brittle fracture, weld efficiency factors, post weld heat treatment; API 653 inspection, repair alteration and reconstruction of tanks, inspection intervals, inspection requirements, relationships to ASME codes
  • Corrosion, minimum thickness determination and remaining life calculations; inspection and degradation mechanisms of API 575, cathodic protection and internal coatings for storage tanks. Safety and preparation issues on tank floors for repair

What else should I know?


You must be employed by or under contract to an authorized inspection agency or owner/user agency as defined in API 653 Section 1.5.4.

You must have one of the following combinations of education and experience:
  • BS in engineering or technology, with minimum of 1 year's experience and skills in supervision or performance of inspection, activities of aboveground storage tanks as described in API 653.
  • Two-year degree or certificate in engineering or technology, with minimum of 2 years experience and skills in design, repair, construction, operation or inspection of aboveground storage tanks, of which 1 year must be in supervision or performance of inspection activities as described in API 653.
  • High school diploma or equivalent, with a minimum of 3 years' experience and have the same skills as listed in item 2.
  • Have 5 or more years’ experience and same skills as listed in item 2

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