Weld Inspection & Consulting

Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

AWS CWI, CWE, NDE Level III
Weld Inspection & Consulting
PO Box 841
St. Albans, WV 25177


Phone: 304-549-5606
Contact via email

Consumables | Articles

So, you want to become an AWS CWI—Part II

August 24, 2016 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

The letters and numbers used to classify electrodes all mean something. Understanding their meaning is important when choosing an electrode for your job. You also must be knowledgeable about these classifications to become an AWS CWI.

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So, you want to become an AWS CWI

June 28, 2016 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

Becoming an AWS certified welding inspector is a challenging task that takes serious preparation and study. Shortcuts don’t cut it.

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Welder training: The fundamentals, Part III

May 5, 2016 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

The oxyacetylene welding (OAW) process continues to be useful in equipment repair, both in industry and the home. This article focuses on specific uses and provides some how-to instructions.

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Welder training—The fundamentals, Part II

February 23, 2016 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

Oxyacetylene welding and brazing are among the first processes beginning welding students learn. This article focuses on the uses and techniques that may be unfamiliar to much of the welding community.

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Welder training: The fundamentals, Part I

January 7, 2016 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

Although welder training has advanced over the years, the fundamentals remain essentially the same. What should beginning welders be taught first?

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Real job shops

October 22, 2015 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

Some metal fabricating operations produce the same product day in and day out with little variation. Real job shops, which are becoming rarer, have a much tougher row to hoe, one that requires constant innovation and high skill levels.

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Fabricating in the coal mining region undergoes transformation

August 26, 2015 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

Coal mining has long been an important industry in some areas of the U.S. As coal mining has fallen out of favor with environmental groups, the EPA, and the administration, these areas have had to adapt to remain viable and provide jobs.

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Simulating the workplace in welding education

July 29, 2015 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

West Virginia has launched an educational initiative designed to help welding instructors better prepare students for the workplace. Welder and educator Carlisle Smith explains the program, which is showing promising results.

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Assuring quality in the small to medium-size job shop

April 23, 2015 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

Quality assurance is a critical aspect of fabricating. It requires input from various departments, careful inspection throughout all facets of the job, and detailed recordkeeping. Here’s a blueprint for optimum QA.

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Welding technician and welding technologist—what’s the difference?

February 12, 2015 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

Technician, technologist—just semantics, or is there a marked difference between the two? In welding, there is a definite difference.

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Which code or standard applies to your shop?

December 16, 2014 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

Codes and standards are important and necessary. Which apply to the work your shop does? That depends on the nature of the work.

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Vessels for coal mines

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Upsizing in a downsizing economy

November 25, 2014 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

Different shops have different ways of coping with and surviving business downturns. Some downsize, while others take advantage of opportunities and invest in people and equipment. Upsizing paid off for Wilson Works, Morgantown, W.V.

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Downsizing can be a killer

July 8, 2014 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

All businesses of all sizes want to save money and be as lean as possible. However, if taken too far, some cost-cutting measures can have unwelcome consequences and cause a shop to go under.

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Metalworking throughout history

May 5, 2014 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

Metalworking began long before the Iron Age, and welding has undergone its share of developments throughout the centuries. How much do you know about its history and evolution?

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Hobart Welding Certificate

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Welding education - the good, bad, and ugly

February 17, 2014 | By Professor R. Carlisle "Carl" Smith

Welding education has come a long way from cast-iron repair and forge welding taught by blacksmiths. Today’s welding students have training options that can lead to different career paths.

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