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Whether your organization is looking for minor improvements to core skills and processes or wants deep transformation and performance improvement, Atema can help.
Go beyond training and fundamentally transform your business. Every Atema engagement is customized — your priorities are matched to our best-in-class experience for insights and new skills that deliver value long after the engagement.

Skill Building Training Options

Quality Control Requirements of Chapter N | 2.5 Hours

This course introduces requirements for a Fabricator’s and/or Erector’s Quality Control Program and their required Quality Control Inspector’s (those who inspect) responsibilities.

The requirements of Chapter N Quality Control and Quality Assurance from AISC 360 Specification for Structural Steel Buildings in relation to Quality Assurance, Quality Control, inspector qualifications, and Quality Control program requirements are reviewed and explained.

The interactive course leads attendees through creating their own highlighted and noted copy of Chapter N while learning the responsibilities for inspection, Quality Control Inspector (QCI) qualification requirements, and quality control program requirements.

OUTCOMES: Attendees will understand the responsibilities for inspection, QCI qualification requirements, and QC program requirements.

FOR: QC Inspectors, QC/QA Management, Project Managers


Weld Inspection – AWS D1.1 | 3 Hours

This course provides participants instruction on relevant AWS D1.1 Structural Welding Code - Steel inspection requirements and acceptance criteria.

Attendees will gain a better understanding of welding terminology, weld symbols, responsibilities, in-process inspection tasks, and final inspection criteria. The instructor will lead an interactive hands-on demonstration for welding inspection gauge use, where attendees learn the proper method for use of basic weld gauges. Attendees are introduced to weld discontinuities with visual examples to help learn how to determine acceptance or rejection of weld quality conditions.

OUTCOMES: Attendees will understand the in-process, final weld inspection responsibilities and weld inspection criteria to AWS D1.1 Structural Welding Code – Steel.

FOR: QC/QA Weld Inspectors, QC/QA Management

PREQUISITES: Weld Inspection & Terminology Experience

Visual Weld Inspection – Hands On | 4 Hours

This course is most effective when paired with the Quality Control Weld Inspector D1.1 course. Attendees are provided the opportunity to apply their visual weld inspection knowledge and perform hands-on weld inspection.

Attendees are with provided weld gauges, weld replicas, and written scenarios where they apply code requirements, determine acceptance or rejection, and describe nonconformance issues to others.

OUTCOMES: Attendees will apply their knowledge of weld inspection and have a better understanding how to determine acceptability per requirements of AWS D1.1 Structural Welding Code - Steel.

FOR: QC/QA Weld Inspectors, QC/QA Management

PREQUISITES: QC Weld Inspector Class or knowledge to applicable AWS weld code

Intro To Visual Weld Inspection | 2 Hours

This course is for those who are new to performing visual weld inspection or have limited experience performing visual weld inspection.

Attendees are introduced to the identification of weld discontinuities, defects, and receive an overview of the importance of welding consumable storage, controlling preheat and interpass temperatures, and the application of weld gauges.

OUTCOMES: Attendees will understand the basics of identifying weld discontinuities and defects.

FOR: Welders, new QC Weld Inspectors


Bolt Inspection | 2.5 Hours

The course reviews the requirements from the Research Council on Structural Connections RCSC – Specification for Structural Joints using High-Strength Bolts.

Attendees will understand the requirements for bolt storage, identification, joint types, and inspection of different types of bolted connections. Participants also learn the requirements for Pre-Installation Verification and conduct hands on exercises performing Preinstallation Verification while creating a quality record for the process.

OUTCOMES: Attendees will understand the requirements for pre-installation verification, storage, installation, and inspection. For students attending the on-site course, they will apply knowledge of pre-installation verification and installation techniques.

FOR: QC Bolt Inspectors, QC Management


Client-Specific QMS Training | 1-3 Days

For employees who have management responsibilities within the AISC Quality Management System (QMS).

Training can be customized to assessment/audit results, with an emphasis on identified issues. Attendees learn AISC certification standard requirements and use of the quality manual with hands on exercises.

OUTCOMES: Attendees will understand AISC requirements and how to apply the requirements to their company quality management system.

FOR: New Quality Management Representatives, Management involved in the QMS


Simple Bridge Fabricator Training | 4 Hours

An introduction/review of the quality systems controlling fabrication of simple bridges (un-spliced rolled structural sections) to AASHTO, AWS, and NSBA requirements.

Upon completion attendees will understand basic bridge geometry, contents of typical design drawings and specifications, and best practices for bridge detailing, purchasing, fabrication, and quality control.

OUTCOMES: Attendees will understand and be able to describe best practices for Simple Bridge fabrication including bridge geometry, detailing, and shop practices.

FOR: Detailers, Purchasing Managers, Project Managers, Production Management, Quality Management


Intermediate Bridge Fabricator Training | 4 Hours

An introduction/review of the quality systems controlling fabrication of intermediate bridges (spliced rolled beams, plate girders, and simple trusses) to AASHTO, AWS and NSBA requirements.

Upon completion, attendees should understand the concepts covered in the Simple Bridge Fabricator course as well as intermediate bridge geometry, shop assembly, best practices for fabrication and quality control of intermediate bridges, and guidelines for developing in-house certification programs for qualifying and certifying Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) technicians, reviewing subcontractor NDT plans.

OUTCOMES: Attendees will understand and be able to describe best practices for Simple Bridge fabrication including bridge geometry, detailing, and shop practices.

FOR: Detailers, Purchasing Managers, Production Management, Inspection Personnel

PREQUISITES: Simple Bridge Fabricator Training or demonstrated knowledge

Advanced Bridge Fabricator Training | 4 Hours

A continuation from the Intermediate Bridge course and provides attendees an introduction or review of quality systems controlling fabrication of advanced bridges (curved plate girders, moveable bridges, arches, cable stayed bridges, and complex trusses).

Advanced bridge fabricator training addresses the shop challenges associated with complex girder fabrication, distortion control, and shop assembly.

OUTCOMES: Attendees will understand the basics for Advanced Bridge fabrication and construction document review.

FOR: Detailers, Purchasing Managers, Production Management, Inspection Personnel

PREQUISITES: Simple Bridge Fabricator Training and Intermediate Bridge Fabricator Training

Fracture Critical Training | 8 Hours

Introduction to the quality systems controlling fabrication of fracture critical structural steel members to Clause 12 AASHTO/AWS D1.5 Bridge Welding Code Steel.

The course explains the requirements of a Fracture Control Plan and attendees learn how to develop and execute the plan. The course is delivered in multiple sessions targeted to the different functions involved in the Fracture Control Plan.

OUTCOMES: Attendees will understand the requirements for identification, traceability, repair, and a Fracture Control program.

FOR: Estimators, Detailers, Project Managers, Purchasers, Production Personnel, QC Management, QC Inspectors

PREQUISITES: Familiarity with bridge terminology and AASHTO/AWS D1.5 Bridge Welding Code

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How We Can Help

No matter what your certification needs, Atema has you covered

Custom QMS creation for your business
Certification application creation
Onsite field and shop readiness assessments
One-on-one or large-team training
Resolution of corrective actions from AISC
Remote support during your AISC audit
WPS, PQR and WQTR assistance
Ongoing support for routine issues

What Our Clients Say

Fabricators, erectors and contractors know: Atema is the best AISC training and certification solution

When we started looking for certification assistance, we could not find anyone to help us with all the requirements.  One company could help with a bolt procedure, another with a welding procedure. Finally we found Atema and they were the only company who could take us through the whole entire process.  They understood all the requirements for certification and had the experience to create our system the right way.

Gus Weiland – Weiland Steel, Inc. Johnsburg, IL

… I want to say that I am impressed with the knowledge that  both of you have, and we are very happy with this final document. This is so much more practical and understandable than our previous version.  Also, I think that the management team has a much better overall understanding of what is expected from us to be AISC certified.

Margaret Wagner, Rast Iron Works

…Wanted to share with you the great news that during the last days of December we received the AISC Erection Certification (including both, Seismic and Metal Deck endorsements)! Thanks to you and to the Atema team we were able to prepare and go through this on-site audit with zero CARS!

JC Aguayo, President, SSW Engineering and Construction, LLC

Atema provided a quality service that is second to none. Their expertise, attention to detail, timeliness and dedication ensured our success in qualifying for our AISC certification.

Jonathan Eyton , Quality Manager, Hansen-Rice Inc. 

We contracted Atema to help us prepare a QMS for our upcoming AISC certification and they have exceeded our expectations. Our specialist went the extra mile in his research into our industries’ engineering and manufacturing standards to prepare our system and even taught us a few things about some industry changes. We are confident that with this QMS we will not only succeed in AISC certification, but we will turn out higher quality products with even fewer errors than before.

Drew Stevens, Ehresmann Engineering, Inc.

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New to certification? You've come to the right place.

Our work goes beyond preparing for AISC certification — we help prepare your company for increasing customer demands and more complex projects. Our goal: Help you certify while making minimal changes to your business methods. But, you will find it can be a business improvement consulting experience if you have that goal in mind.
You may have been certified in the past and want help getting re-certified to the current requirements.

We can help you through the entire AISC process or assist with a single procedure to give you a jump-start. But no matter how we help, you'll benefit you’ll benefit from the years of experience and depth of understanding that Atema brings to the table.

Continuing certification? Let Atema streamline the process.

Maybe your last audit didn't go smoothly. Maybe your “quality guy” moved on, or you have new team members on board who have never been through the process. You may simply want more transformative results from the process this time around – making it mean more and improving the business.

Whatever the reason, Atema can help your regular AISC audits occur on time, on budget and with minimum disruption -- all while delivering knowledge that can meaningfully transform your operations.

Adding certifications? Work with the leader.

Adding additional certification categories or endorsements not only opens the door to more work, but it's also a good time to make sure your quality processes are really performing to the current requirements.

Atema can help. We can show you how to make scope changes efficient and how to get the most out of them, embedding processes and a culture of quality that pays dividends on every job.”

Full-spectrum administrative and technical support

Atema offers:
  • Implementation assistance: Many companies find they need additional support to install new quality processes – and we’re here to help. We offer both technical and administrative support to guide your implementation process. 
  • Administrative support: If you've lost a valued assistant or your staff is not ready to take on a support role, we can help. Atema provides as-needed administrative support so you don’t miss important events or regular documentation requirements.
  • Project assistance: Our engineers and specialists can guide you through the process when you have new customers of projects.
  • CAR or DDAR resolution assistance: (You need some copy here.)