Typical certifications: Certified Welding Inspectors, ASNT Recommended Practice SNT-TC-1A, NACE International, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, International Code Council (Special Inspector – Structural Steel and Bolting)
Steel and Concrete Group personnel are certified in welding, concrete, and/or inspection of structural steel and bolting. Steel inspectors are Certified Welding Inspectors (CWI), in accordance with the American Welding Society’s Standard for Qualification and Certification of Welding Inspectors (AWS QC-1). All have working knowledge of the codes and standards used in steel fabrication, and are intimately acquainted with the AASHTO/AWS D1.5 Bridge Welding Code, the AWS D1.1 Structural Steel Code, and the AASHTO Standard Specifications for Highway Bridges. Most inspectors are certified in accordance with ASNT Recommended Practice SNT-TC-1A for non-destructive testing and in addition are also certified in accordance with programs established and presented by NACE International and SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings. The Steel and Concrete Group employs concrete inspectors certified in accordance with the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) and employs inspectors certified through the International Code Council (ICC) as Special Inspector – Structural Steel and Bolting.
In addition to certifications by outside accrediting bodies, KTA’s Steel and Concrete Group is committed to continuous internal development of our inspection staff, and closely monitors performance under a Quality Management System (QMS) meeting the requirements of ISO 9001, 10 CFR 50, Appendix B, 10 CFR 21, and SSPC QP-5. The QMS is implemented through the Quality Manual, Corporate Operating Procedures (COPs) which address implementation of the QMS and Group Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) which address responsibilities and requirements applicable the specific Steel and Concrete Group services.
During the selection and hiring process, KTA assesses past training and experience, and current awareness and competence of each candidate in order to determine what, if any, additional training is required prior to placing the inspector on an assignment. On at least an annual basis each inspector is assessed to determine if further training is needed to meet job specific needs and/or achieve or maintain certifications for CWI, ICC, NDT, NACE or SSPC. In addition to targeted job specific training, annual refresher training is required by KTA. It is mandatory that each inspector, supervisor and project manager successfully complete the annual training in order to remain eligible for assignments. This includes training in safety, KTA Corporate Operating Procedures, Steel and Concrete Group Standard Operating Procedures, current industry codes and standards, and updated inspection, documentation and/or reporting procedures.
High ethical standards, continuing education, and routine communication with supervisors are hallmarks of KTA’s Steel and Concrete Group.