RECERTIFICATION OF WELDERS
Only currently certified aeronautical welders may
weld on aeronautical equipment. Initial certification is
attained by satisfactory completion of Navy training
course(s) N-701-0007 and/or N-701-0009, as
applicable. Certification can also be obtained by
documented satisfactory completion of equivalent
training in accordance with Aeronautical and Support
Equipment Welding Manual, NA 01-1A-34, and
satisfactory completion of recertification testing. If
proficiency is maintained, the recertification interval for
IMA-level aeronautical equipment welders is 3 years.
Maintaining proficiency requires documented
frequency of use, as specified in NA 01-1A-34. Failure
to maintain proficiency in any group(s) of metals will
terminate current certification in that/those group(s).
Recertification is normally accomplished by locally
producing acceptable test welds and submitting those
welds to the nearest authorized welding examination
and evaluation facility. Examination and evaluation
facilities must complete required testing of test weld
specimens and provide test results and recertification
documentation, as appropriate, to the affected welders
command within 30 days of the test weld(s) receipt.
Detailed procedures for obtaining test plates,
production and submission of test welds, and
documentation are contained in NA 01-1A-34.
TYCOMs/ACCs may extend current certification of
welders for a maximum of 90 days in cases where test
welds have been submitted but results and
recertification documentation have not been received
from the cognizant examination and evaluation facility.
Welders whose test specimens fail to meet minimum
requirements are allowed one retest. This retest will
require submission of a double set of test welds of the
failed group(s) of metal(s) to the same examination and
evaluation facility that failed the test welds first
submitted. Welding examination and evaluation
facilities will forward double sets of test plates to the
failed welders command concurrently with the
notification of failure. Retest test welds must be
completed and submitted within 30 days of receipt of
notification of failure of first test weld(s). Failure of any
retest test welds to meet minimum requirements will
require the welder to satisfactorily complete the Navy
training courses N-701-0008/N-701-0010, as appli-
cable, to recertify.
Aeronautical equipment welders may weld only on
equipment, components, and items manufactured from
the group of metals for which they are currently certified
and for which weld repairs are authorized by applicable
technical publications or directives. Groups of metals
Figure 15-20.Welding Certification NAVAIR 13100/1).
for which separate and distinct certification is required
are specified in NA 01-1A-34. Separate certification is
also required for oxyfuel brazing process.
NA 01-1A-34 contains additional information and
guidance relative to qualification, certification/recertifi-
cation, and employment of aeronautical equipment
welders. It is, however, a general series technical manual
intended to be used in conjunction with the OPNAV
4790.2E and with specific maintenance/repair/overhaul
manuals/engineering documents. In cases of conflict
between NA 01-1A-34 and the OPNAV 4790.2E
regarding certification/ recertification policy, the
OPNAV 4790.2E takes precedence.
QA/A is responsible for monitoring aeronautical
equipment welder certification/recertification. Refer to
the OPNAV 4790.2E for specifics.
A Welding Certificate (Operators Card), NAVAIR
13100/1, will be issued for each material category in
which the welder is qualified. The welding certificate
will be filled out, dated, and signed by an authorized
representative of an examination facility. Figure 15-20
provides a sample of the welding certificate. Figures
15-21 and 15-22 show a sample Welding Examination
Record (NAVAIR 13100/2) and instructions.