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Update – Results of our survey on NZQA Level 5 training

Thank you to all members who completed the February HERA survey on the questions: Should HERA Support a New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering Level 5 Program? The 83 responses demonstrated great membership interest in the issue. And in summary there was an overwhelming positive response to the two main questions that our industry wants a…

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Registration open – IWE & IWT qualification course: a pathway to career success

HERA is pleased to support the International Welding Engineer (IWE) and International Welding Technology run by the University of Wollongong, in cooperation with the WTIA in a newly restructured form. Successful completion of this course will see graduates obtain the globally recognised qualification, International Institute of Welding (IIW) – International Welding Engineer (IWE) or International…

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Registration open – 69th IIW annual assembly and international conference in Melbourne

The 69th IIW Annual Assembly and International Conference will be held at Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre, 10 – 15 July 2016. The IIW Annual Assembly & International Conference is a unique global forum that provides the opportunity for professionals from around the world to share and develop scientific and technical knowledge of welding and related…

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Notice – Design of composite beams with composite slabs using profiled steel decking

Rules for evaluating the design resistance of headed stud connectors through-deck welded within steel decking are provided in NZS 3404.1, 13.3.2.2. Due to the pitch of the ribs in the deck, it is normally not possible to provide enough shear connectors to provide a resistance equivalent to the lesser of: the tensile resistance of the…

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Call for comment – Should HERA support a NZ certificate in mechanical engineering?

The purpose of NZQA Level 5 Qualification New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering is to provide our industry with advanced tradespeople. Ones who are able to contribute to the success and competitiveness of a business by demonstrating leadership in a technical and/or operational field. Last year, the NZQA level 5 qualifications have been reviewed by COMPETENZ with…

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Update – Fabsec F-Beam software remains free to NZ users

No doubt many HERA News readers are aware that New Zealand structural steel designers have had access to the free Fabsec FBEAM® design software. With a total of 159 individual licenses issued in New Zealand, this is a widely-used software package that produces efficient steel designs. Last year, at least 6,000 tonnes of welded beams…

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Call for attendees – Welding supervisor and inspector courses

In today’s competitive structural steel market, the ability to meet the client’s expectations while making an adequate return requires the capability to meet specifications and to minimise profit-eating re-work. This is achieved by implementing a quality management system using the well-established “standard” methodology based on the following principles: Welders who follow suitably qualified, efficient procedures…

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Update – Building controls No. 176 and 177: guidance on product substitution, safety and suitability of external cladding

B.C.Update 176: Further Guidance Relating to Building Product Substitution Work by MBIE to assist BCAs concerned about inferior building products has highlighted ongoing issues relating to product substitution. In some cases, products substituted after building consent has been granted have been unauthorised, have no evidence of compliance with the relevant Building Code requirements, and invalidate…

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Notice – Witnessing welding qualification test

In order to ensure welding qualification tests are carried out correctly, personnel are appointed to witness welder/welding operator and/or welding procedure specification (WPS) qualification tests being performed. These tests involve welding and subsequent mechanical testing , and the personnel appointed need to be competent for the tasks they are expected to perform. A typical term…

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Update – Ministerial response on why R&D funding from industry levy doesn’t qualify for co-funding

As previously reported, HERA took up Minister’s Joyce’s offer made at the re-opening of HERA House to investigate why industry funding from (heavy engineering research) levy-funded activities are not able to attract Government R&D funding support in the same way direct industry R&D money does. The main point of HERA’s letter was our concern that…

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Notice – Influence of durable marking methods on the fatigue strength of steel compontents

According to EN 1090-2, steel components have to be identifiable and traceable throughout the whole production chain. The choice of identification method is not specified consistently in international rules and standards. In terms of durability and liability, markings should be resistant to particular fabrication processes such as sandblasting, hot-dip galvanizing or coating. The methods are…

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Call for attendees – Upcoming courses in welding inspection

This month, the HERA Training Centre is again offering Part 2 of its training programme in welding inspection leading to national and international qualifications. This is for the CBIP Certified Welding Inspector (CWI), and the globally-recognised IIW International Welding Inspector Basic (IWI-B) and International Welding Inspector Standard (IWI-S). The Centre is New Zealand’s only International Institute of Welding (IIW) Accredited Training…