NODE's Welding Committee has worked closely with the University of Agder to secure that the university acquired the rights to train international welding engineers (IWE).

This is the only training program of its kind in Norway.

– This is very important for NODE companies and part of NODE’s strategy for continuing education. There was a real danger that the program would no longer be offered in Norway, but the University of Agder has yet again demonstrated its ability and willingness to meet the needs of the industry in the region, says Anne-Grete Ellingsen, CEO of GCE NODE.

The course is intended to meet the industry’s need to develop and document competency in welding and material issues. The NORSOK standards M-601 (piping) and M-101 (structures) require that welding coordinators are qualified and have certification as an International Welding Engineer.

The course is also an important tool to build competence to develop the next generation of robots for welding, an important issue in the RD&I programs and networks NODE has established with Europe and Silicon Valley. The goal is to take back more of the outsourced production, shorten project time and increase quality control of the production. This is an important part of a global trend of reindustrialization due to more advanced use of data and robots in the supply chain.

The course plan allows the study to be combined with a fulltime job. The duration of the entire course is 10 months. Upon completion the student will be credited with 30 ECTS. The course fully meets the requirements for IWE training as laid out by the International Institute of Welding.

The study is an additional building block to a bachelor’s degree, which requires that candidates must have completed a bachelor’s degree before they can be accepted to the course. Students with vocational schooling can attend the course, but will not receive an IWE-certificate at the conclusion of it.

NODE’s Welding Committee:

  • Markus Buschmann, MacGregor
  • Stein Roar Egge, Nymo
  • Harald Heimsæter, National Oilwell Varco
  • Vidar Hagen, National Oilwell Varco
  • Ivar Tjomsaas, Cameron
  • Kay Widar Johnsen, DnV GL
  • Kjell Nodeland, Bestra
  • Pål Vollen, On & Offshore Services
  • Geir Govertsen, MHWirth