A major process used in fabrication is welding. The process is used in fabricating everything we see around us in buildings, bridges, flyover, cars, locomotives & coaches, ship, airplanes, general machineries, consumer durables and defence equipment. In fact for every ton of steel used about 5 kg of weld metal is required to be deposited by different welding processes. The sustainable level of per capita consumption of steel is about 300kg/person/year in a developed economy. When a country is in infrastructure creation mode, the consumption goes up even to 1,000 kg/person/year and finally may stabilise at around 300 kg. The per capita steel consumption reported for China is 220 kgs and that for South Korea is as high as 950Kg presently. Compare this with India's steel consumption of 35 kg/person/year. Advancement in technology demands use of improved quality, higher tensile and corrosion resistant steels, increased large scale use of stainless steel, aluminium & alloys in construction & transportation segment including railways and use of other materials of construction & fabrication. Need for environment, health and productivity consideration is quickly changing the fabrication & construction procedure dramatically. Thus, apart from the bulk demand for welding personnel to match the growth in steel, there is a need for people with greater technical knowledge and expertise to match the requirement for use of advanced materials and processes. Further, with respect to quality of welded fabrication, apart from ISO:9001, fabrications are also being required to comply with the requirements of ISO:3534 – Quality requirement for welding to meet International competition in globalised business environment. Welding has now become a key technology. Obviously, there will be a corresponding growth in welding activities. There is a great demand for qualified and knowledgeable professionals and other related skilled welders in fabrication and construction industries, such that expert welding professionals have become a 'precious commodity' all over the world.
The Indian Institute of Welding is in the forefront in bridging this Human Resource demand & supply gap through its National and International Education, Training, Qualification and Certification initiative.The Associate Membership Examinations
Conducted by the Indian Institute of Welding, Calcutta is a recognized qualification for the purpose of employment under the Central Government to the posts and services for which Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering in the appropriate field is a prescribed qualification.National Welders Training and Certification Scheme (NWTCS)
IIW’s NWTCS has been prepared to meet the demand by industry for welders, trained and certified to a level of competency commensurate with the requirements of any of the welder qualification and certification specifications or codes i.e. IS:7310 / IS:817, ISO:9606-1, BSEN:287 and ASME Sec IX/AWS D1.1.Modular Employment Skills – Skill Development Initiative Scheme (MES-SDI)
IIW-India has also been empanelled by Government of India, DGE&T (Directorate General of Employment and Training) as an Assessing Body for all Fabrication sector courses under their MES-SDI (Modular Employment Skills – Skill Development Initiative Scheme).
With a mission to be the Premier Professional Institute in India for the advancement of Welding Science & Technology and related activities, IIW-India has been continuously developing itself for achievement of Assist Human resources development in Welding in India.
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