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Title of Initiative / Project
Implementation of international guidelines for welded structural designer training
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National R&D Institute for Welding and Material Testing ISIM Timisoara
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Transfer of Innovation
Title of the project
Implementation of International Guidelines for Welded Structural Designer Training
National R&D Institute for Welding and Material Testing ISIM Timisoara
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Description of the initiative
The International Institute of Welding (IIW) is a major welding organizations in which international expertise in welding and welding design is gathered and developed. IIW has developed guidance documents and technology exchange mechanisms to support companies to adopt best practice in welding. This has been a monumental effort, culminating in the installation of an unique and comprehensive training, qualification and certification systems, applied to people and companies, harmonised on a world-wide basis.
The training and qualification of welded structures designers, is presently done in each country on a "national" level. The systems implemented differ from country to country, as some are technologically more advanced than others, promoting the creation of differences between industrial sectors working in these areas within the European region. This situation is disadvantageous in today's competitive market, leading to the creation of barriers to the mobility of professionals in Europe. Furthermore it disables a higher number of qualified persons and also the development of the referred technological areas. The facts, briefly described above, show how important it is to implement a harmonized training and qualification course system in the welded structures designing areas.
The project intends to promote the qualification in this area by promoting a commonly revised harmonised training guideline and by organizing minimum 2 pilot training courses in the consortium countries.

By providing new and harmonised courses in technological areas prioritised by the industry, the general objectives of this project are:
• to harmonise training and qualification courses in welding design, course to be, at a later stage, widely implemented in Europe;
• to develop training guidelines that may match individuals’ interests and abilities with learning opportunities;
• to improve worker’s performance and motivation, as well as the opportunities for career development;
• to facilitate the access to lifelong learning.
• To improve the quality and access to training and lifelong acquisition of technological competences.
• aims at promoting transparency of qualifications and competences in technological areas such as adhesive bonding, plastic joining and laser welding
More Information
-specialized site addressing professionals in welding
- establishes standards across Europe on welding
- promotes the qualification in this area by promoting a commonly revised harmonised training guideline
- linking school with the world of work
Teachers’ Opinion
- useful training guideline establishing common standards in Europe
Students’ Opinion
- promotes the qualification in this area
- links school with the world of work

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