Connell's Director of Technical Services, Graham Horne (firstname.lastname@example.org), holds accreditation from The Welding Institute, UK - the world's leading membership body for welding, inspection and non-destructive testing. Fully certified in accordance with section IX ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code in the SMAW, GMAW and FCAW processes, Graham combines these credentials with 35 years of welding experience, having focused the last 20 years on the mining industry throughout Africa, Europe and Asia.
As a welding inspector, Graham assesses the skill level of a mine's welding personnel, then tailors training to work in accordance with the API (American Petroleum Institute) 1104 welding standard, which is his preference, however other codes/standards can be used. Personalized training is followed by welder competence testing to meet that standard.
"Having worked as H.O.D for welding and consulting at so many mines, I know the guys will be repairing a lot of structural failures on buckets, booms, sticks, and main frames, and changing out lips and adapters," said Graham. "My experience helps me expand the scope of training to include recommendations on welding machines, consumables and wear products that will prove cost effective to the client and ultimately increase equipment availability.”
In recent years, Connell has successfully completed welding training in Ghana, Mali, Zambia, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone and Kyrgyzstan. Having helped develop welding skills in multiple countries, Connell’s training and installation expertise are in high demand the world over.
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