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  • 6 Aug 2020 1:35 PM | Anonymous

    This webinar will look into the brittle crack arrest methodology and the way that it can be applied to prevent brittle fracture of modern structural steels, especially within the context of shipbuilding steels. The talk will consider the recommendations of the International Association of Classification Societies, which is due to be updated to include small-scale testing of materials. This work encompasses small-scale testing, which has been carried out at TWI Ltd to predict the brittle crack arrest properties of EH47 shipbuilding steel and is validated against large-scale test results.

    Speaker: Jessica Taylor Interim CEng AWeldI

    TWI’s Jessica Taylor is a PhD student in Structural Integrity of Offshore Structures with NSIRC and Cranfield University, sponsored by Lloyd’s Register Foundation. Her PhD topic is, ‘Using small scale mechanical tests to predict the crack arrest properties of modern structural steels.’ You can find out more about Jessica’s PhD project and research on NSIRC’s website.

    Professional Development:

    This webinar is a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) qualifying event with the opportunity to claim 2 CPD points per hour of attendance at the webinar.

    Find out more and register here!

  • 28 Jul 2020 3:20 PM | Anonymous

    A lab technician is a scientific and technical worker who assists scientists in laboratories. This often involves work with complex systems to help the functioning of scientific processes and projects, to record the results appropriately, and to aid in the routine procedures that take place in a laboratory.

    What does a Lab Technician do?

    As a brief job description, laboratory technicians work alongside scientists and engineers in a laboratory and assist with a range of experiments and investigations. They carry out both routine procedures and one-off projects, which will be dependent on the function of the laboratory – a laboratory technician could help develop new products, diagnose diseases, or carry out mechanical or diagnostic texts, subject to the nature of the work that the company employing them specialises in. Many lab tech jobs, for example, involve medical science and take place in medical laboratories, doctors’ offices, and hospitals.

    Some laboratory work takes place in educational institutions including schools and universities, where the technician’s job will be to support science teachers, lecturers and students. Technicians can perform a variety of technical support functions, therefore their work will often be highly varied. This could involve working independently and taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of their own work, or as part of a wider group, working collaboratively with other science technicians. Additionally, this job could be part-time or full-time.

    What is the Role of a Lab Technician?

    Lab technicians may have a number of key responsibilities as part of their role. This can include:

    • Providing analysis of lab observations
    • Producing data and keeping accurate records of scientific work and results
    • Proficient use of technical instruments and equipment
    • Communicating scientific information appropriately, often through digital software
    • Recognising complications or issues and applying appropriate scientific methods to identify causes and solve problems
    • Keeping labs clean, sanitised and safe, maintaining scientific instruments, and ensuring that supplies are accessible for scientists

    How do I become a Certified Lab Technician?

    Different lab technician jobs have different requirements, and particular employers will seek particular qualities in potential employees. Unlike many other scientific jobs, it is not normally required to have completed a particular degree programme in order to become a lab technician, however, it may be highly valued or considered necessary to advance into other jobs in a similar field. Lab technician apprenticeships and jobs are normally advertised on an entry-level basis and tend to be contract-based. Many lab technicians enter this career through apprenticeships or work placements, and some jobs offer the chance for training and qualifications alongside employment such as the End-Point Assessment, requiring technicians to meet the Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship Standard.

    What is a Lab Technician Salary?

    The competitive salary offered by most employers of lab technicians can vary, starting salaries can differ depending on factors like level of experience, training, or location. A laboratory technician’s salary will increase over time with skills, knowledge, and experience gained.

    Membership of The Welding Institute

    Through our membership grades, The Welding Institute offers professional membership to both those considering a career as a lab technician and to those who are already qualified lab technicians:

    Those considering a career as a lab technician could benefit from our Associate Membership and gaining access to benefits including career support and professional recognition.

    For qualified lab technicians, The Welding Institute also offers professional membership to engineering technicians with our Technician (TechWeldI) membership grade. In addition to this, as a Professional Engineering Institution (PEI) licensed by the Engineering Council, The Welding Institute can also assess candidates for Professional Registration with the Engineering Council for the internationally recognised title of Engineering Technician (EngTech).

  • 27 Jul 2020 2:23 PM | Anonymous

    TWI Training and Examinations’ Senior Examiner and Welding Institute Technician Member, Rob Allsworth EngTech TechWeldI, will be delivering a presentation on ‘Life as a Site Welder in Industry’ on 30 July, 2020.

    During these current times, uncertainties around career choices and opportunities are high and, as a Professional Engineering Institution, The Welding Institute is dedicated in using our network of experienced personnel to communicate the advantages of choosing a career in engineering and welding.

    Rob is a Senior Examiner for TWI Training and Examinations with previous experience of working as a Site Welder. His talk will include his professional experiences along with the current challenges being faced within the welding industry. In addition to providing an informative presentation of experiences, Rob’s talk will also offer knowledge, support and advice for those considering a career in this rewarding role.

    Now more than ever, a career in engineering and welding is becoming more accessible. Increased support and encouragement, including new apprenticeship policies and opportunities, is allowing more people to choose this career path. Attend this event to gain a deeper insight into what the role entails and how The Welding Institute is able to support you through our Associate Membership and Younger Members Network!

    This is a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) qualifying event with the opportunity to gain 2 points per hour of attendance.

    Find out more about this event and how to register! 

  • 13 Jul 2020 3:11 PM | Anonymous

    The Welding Institute will be hosting a webinar about ‘Predicting the Microstructure of Additively Manufactured Parts,’ which will be presented by Madie Allen on 16 July, 2020.


    Guest speaker Madie Allen is a National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC) student at Brunel University London sponsored by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation and will be presenting this webinar. View Madie’s NSIRC student profile and research here!

    Event Topic

    The webinar will look into how additive manufacturing (AM) enables complex and highly optimised parts, which would not be able to be manufactured using conventional methods such as casting or forging, to be produced. The presentation also covers the potential of additive manufacturing to provide significant environmental impacts as well as how the wide-scale adoption of additive manufacturing is limited due to uncertainties associated with the reliability and integrity of additively manufactured parts. The webinar will also outline the development of numerical models that can help to address these problems.

    Benefits of attending

    • Attending this webinar supports your Continuous Professional Development (CPD). You are able to claim 2 CPD points per hour of attendance at this event and, as a Member of The Welding Institute, you can record this CPD activity using our online CPD recording tool ‘MyCareerPath.’
    • Webinars are a great opportunity for you to stay connected whilst keeping your industry knowledge up-to-date.

    Find out the full details and register for the event here.

  • 10 Jul 2020 1:05 PM | Anonymous

    As a Professional Engineering Institution, The Welding Institute is dedicated to ensuring our Members’ professional needs are met.

    To meet this need, The Welding Institute has had to adapt to the current situation that we are all facing and, although this change is challenging for everyone, it has also been an incredible opportunity for us to implement new ways of providing our services so that our Members can still access their membership benefits effectively.

    Changes that Members may have noticed include:

    Formal interviews are now taking place over video call, therefore cutting out the travel times and allowing The Institute to effectively reach more people, including globally!

    Events are now being hosted online and are reaching a more global network of people than ever. The Welding Institute also understands the true value of face to face events and the networking opportunities they offer, however, these online events are an excellent way to keep our Members connected through these times.

    The Institute is pleased to see the increasing interconnectedness of our Branches as they adapt to connecting through online mediums including video calls. It has been an opportunity for more people to get involved due to the reduced time and travel restraints of conducting Secretary and Board meetings online. This increased interconnectedness has also allowed Members from different Branches to attend and contribute to other Branch events and meetings.

    The process of training volunteers has also changed for The Welding Institute, where we have been able to train more volunteers in one cohort than ever using online video call meetings. This has also enabled a more global reach for the Institute, with Members in Scotland, Nigeria, Switzerland and Anglesey being trained. This is an exciting opportunity for The Welding Institute, as the roles that our volunteers carry out allow more Members to be reached as well as allowing us to connect with engineers and technicians more globally.

    To implement these new technologies and processes, The Welding Institute has worked closely with its Members, including those who carry out critical roles within Branches, to learn new systems and technologies and we would like thank all of those who worked with us on this to ensure that this process has been successful!

    The Welding Institute would like to thank our Members and volunteers for their continued support, contributions and response to the new ways that The Welding Institute is adapting to!

    The future for The Welding Institute

    Throughout this time, the Institute is working closely with its volunteers to plan and organise our Technical Group Meeting events for the autumn (check out our events page). Our Branches are also currently working on a programme for online talks for Members starting in September. In addition to this, The Welding Institute is also preparing for more volunteer training workshops.

    We would like to welcome Members to share any ideas on how we could make the best use of these new technologies to support and promote the work of The Welding Institute.

  • 7 Jul 2020 8:59 AM | Anonymous

    Greenlight 4 Girls, 2019For World Chocolate Day 2020, The Welding Institute would like to highlight our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) outreach activity, ‘Welding with Chocolate’, and the role that it has and continues to play in engaging younger networks of students. It is an excellent way to develop their understanding of the importance of welding as a profession and furthermore the roles that engineers play within society.

    The Welding with Chocolate activity was developed in 2007 by Welding Institute Fellow Dr Philippa Moore to be a fun, hands-on experience exploring the principles of welding and mechanical testing. The activity is held as a workshop and involves using chocolate bars to represent a material being welded and a heat source in the form of a bottle filled with hot water to act as a joining mechanism. The aim of the activity is to create a box girder bridge from four chocolate bars welded together. This bridge structure is then destructively tested by adding weights to the mid span of the structure. The results of these destructive tests are then compared to the strength of a single bar.

    Since 2007, the Welding with Chocolate activity has proven to be successful in engaging young people with the concept of welding and engineering. Many of The Welding Institute’s Branches have delivered the workshop within their local communities, including within primary and secondary schools and also at engineering and science events, such as the 2014 Big Bang Fair in Glasgow and the Greenlight 4 Girls event at Silverstone in 2019, to name a few examples.

    Falling in line with our company aims, promoting engineering careers to young people through our outreach activities is important to The Welding Institute and fun activities such as Welding with Chocolate are an excellent opportunity to allow young people to understand the applications of engineering within society and inspire them to see a place within the industry for themselves.

    The Welding with Chocolate workshop provides an excellent opportunity to teach and proactively demonstrate to younger people the profession of engineering and open their minds to the potential of a career in STEM.

    Find out more about Welding with Chocolate and how you can get involved for this World Chocolate Day!

  • 3 Jul 2020 2:12 PM | Anonymous


    This page answers our frequently asked questions about Associate Membership and looks at the process of becoming an Associate Member of The Welding Institute.

    1. What is Associate Membership (AWeldI)?

    Associate membership is our easiest membership level to acquire and is a simple route to access our membership benefits!

    2. Who is Associate Membership (AWeldI) for?

    Associate Membership is for anyone interested in The Welding Institute and its membership benefits!

    3. What do I need in order to become an Associate Member (AWeldI)?

    You do not need any qualifications or an engineering background.

    4. How much does it cost?

    Check our membership fees to see the updated price of Associate Membership (AWeldI).

    5. Why become an Associate Member?

    Associate membership (AWeldI) is an opportunity to access the membership benefits that The Welding Institute offers and become part of a community of like-minded individuals. 

    The Application Process of Associate Membership (AWeldI) 

    View our Associate Membership Map as an interactive pdf here.

  • 2 Jul 2020 4:11 PM | Anonymous

    On the 25th June 2020, The Welding Institute (Southern Counties Branch) held a webinar on the topic of ‘Welding Process Investigation.’ The event focussed on the acceptance, rejection and distortion that occurs during the welding of a set on (nozzles to shell) joint, with seven different process variations. This involved an investigation of the following:

    • The process in relation to the manufacturing of pressure vessels
    • The effects of different welding processes on the same joint using the same material, thickness and diameter
    • The process of the parts being welded using different processes and combinations of welding processes
    • The accurate measurement of the parts (before and after) to assess the quality for NDT and DT (VT, RT, PT and microsection)
    • The investigation’s results against different codes from EN 13445, RCC-M, ASME, etc

    The speaker was Welding Institute Member Eur Ing Michael Baverstock MSc CEng MWeldI, who has experience in multiple industry sectors including working with aircraft and pressure vessels for over 30 years. Mike now runs his own welding engineering consultancy business, where he helps engineering companies improve their welding quality and processes across a range of industries. The event was very popular, with over 150 attendees joining the webinar.

    Unlike previous branch events held in-person, this talk took place virtually as a webinar due to the current global situation. The webinar was very successful, with many who attended having commented positively on how the online talk was organised. Both our Members and non-Members adapted well to it being hosted online, and this unique opportunity to stream the talk online also allowed us to have a far wider reach with a global attendance of people joining from Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

    The speaker’s research, presentation and knowledge were all well received by those who joined the event.

    The Welding Institute is dedicated to ensuring that our Members are able to continue accessing their key membership benefits including the knowledge and networking opportunities that Institute Branch events facilitate. Although the ability to network is somewhat limited in our current circumstances, it was a great and successful example of how The Welding Institute and its Members and non-Members are able to adapt in these unprecedented times to overcome the obstacle of not being there in person!

    Speaker and Branch Chair Perspective

    Event speaker, Mike Baverstock, described his initial experience of hosting this webinar as being challenging due to the unfamiliarity of presenting online compared to in person, adding that being unable to see anyone, whilst also being aware that they could all see him was one of the biggest differences. He added that, although it was a very different experience to talking in person, he was able to adapt quickly due to him talking about his ‘favourite subject’ of welding. Mike also emphasised that, although the format of a webinar is something that our Members are mainly unfamiliar with, it is important to be able to adapt and develop technologically with these events in order to find the best ways of presenting.

    Branch Chair Adam Saxty also echoed Mike’s message, explaining that he was also keen for more webinars and online events to be held in order to continue to deliver Branch events to our Members during this time. Adam expressed his interest in creating a more interactive forum for the participants, so that attendees are able to ask the speaker questions live throughout the event, making these online events more similar to normal Branch events. He also hopes to do more for international Members, and the continuation of online meetings and webinars will be an important way of enabling this.

    The Welding Institute and Southern Counties Branch would like to thank Eur Ing Michael Baverstock MSc CEng MWeldI and those who were involved with the organisation of the event along with all those who attended!

  • 2 Jul 2020 4:03 PM | Anonymous

    This year’s Distinguished Service Award winner is Professor Bill Lucas who is an Accreditation and Education Committee Member and has been a Member of The Welding Institute since 1971.

    About the Distinguished Service Award

    The Distinguished Service Award is presented to an employee or Branch Member in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the operation, events and activities of The Welding Institute as a result of which the membership, status and position of the Institute has been significantly advanced.

    About Bill

    Bill has been a member of the Institute since 1971, gaining his Chartership (CEng) and Fellowship (FWeldI) in 1983. He holds a Doctorate in Science from Queens University of Belfast, as well as a PhD and is also an IWE member.

    Professor Bill Lucas’s Involvement with The Welding Institute

    Professor Bill Lucas chairs The Welding Institute’s Education Committee, where he advises on matters regarding the development and provision of education and training in welding, joining and allied technologies at higher education level. Bill also represents the Institute at the Engineering Council’s Engineering Accreditation Board (EAB), advising on accreditation policy and higher education relevant to education of engineers. Through his work, Bill actively supports and campaigns for the promotion of The Welding Institute and membership, as well as emphasising the importance of Engineering Council registration to young professionals.


    Bill worked at TWI Ltd from 1970 to 2007, during which, an important aspect of his role was the technical supervision of contract work for industrial companies involved with manufacturing. Bill continued his career from 2007 to 2012 as an independent consultant. Within his work, Bill also took on the role as Visiting Professor at the University of Liverpool, as well as chairing their Industrial Advisory Board for the Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering.

    Since becoming a Member of The Welding Institute in 1970, Bill has carried out fundamental research into process and manufacturing technology, with the overall objective of his research being to improve knowledge of welding processes, especially regarding their operation and control. His research also continues on to focus on welding process involvements, advanced software techniques and novel sensor systems.

    Bill has been awarded with the Distinguished Service Award due to his continued support of The Welding Institute throughout his career, including his role as a former Chair of the International Welding’s Commission XII ‘Arc Welding Processes and Production Systems’ between 2001 and 2010. He was also a member of the British Standards Institute WEE 36 Committee, ‘Qualification of Welding Personnel and Welding Procedures,’ and has written and been involved with the publishing of over 150 academic papers.

    The Welding Institute would like to congratulate Professor Bill Lucas on winning this award and thank him for his continued support of the Institute!

    If you are interested in how you can get involved with The Welding Institute please contact us

  • 2 Jul 2020 3:52 PM | Anonymous


    The Loyal Service Award is given by The Welding Institute’s Professional Board, in recognition of outstanding service to the Branches and committees of The Welding Institute.

    The following recipients of the Loyal Service Award were all recognised for their work with the Membership, Education and Registration Committee. The committee reports on matters relating to professional membership, the education, training and qualifications of all grades of welding personnel, and the Institute’s relationship with educational authorities. It is also required to act as the Board of Examiners for various engineering qualifications and to assess applications for professional membership and registration with the Engineering Council.

    Loyal Service Awards for contributions to the Membership Education and Registration Committee are granted to:

     Eur Ing Mark Cozens FWeldI CEng Joined 1986
     Eur Ing Walter Doxford FWeldI CEng Joined 1988
     Mr Owen Gorton FWeldI Joined 1972
     Eur Ing David Rowe FWeldI Joined 2004
     Mr Joe Small MWeldI Eng Tech Joined 2005
     Mr Alan Rodgers*Ing FWeldI Joined 1966

    The Institute is grateful to all recipients for their support with the Membership Education and Registration Committee, and is proud to acknowledge their commitments through these Loyal Service Awards.

    (*The Welding Institute is saddened to hear about the passing of Alan Rodgers in January of this year, and offer condolences to his friends and family).

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