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Thermal Spray Inspector Training (THERMAL INSP)

Level: Intermediate
Duration: 1 Day (8 Hours)
Includes: Written Exam
Class Times: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Cost: Member - $395, NonMember - $595
Credits: 0.8 CEUs
Certification Term: n/a
Prerequistes: Yes

How to Register:

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Students wishing to get a certification of completion for the Thermal Spray Inspector course must pass the written exam. Prior to attending the Thermal Spray Inspector program, all individuals must provide adequate information showing that they meet the minimum requirements as set forth in the prerequisite form. If SSPC is unable to verify the accuracy of any information reported on this form, it may result in the rejection of your application.

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What happens if I do not meet the prerequisite?

If you do not meet the prerequisites, you can still attend the course and get a certificate of attendance.

Course Description

This program covers the inspection of thermal spray from pre-surface preparation through coating application.

Course Content

  • Thermal Spray Process Overview
  • The Inspector’s Role
  • Inspection Hold Points
  • Thermal Spray Inspection Procedures
  • Inspecting Surface Preparation
  • Inspecting Applied TSC
  • Thermal Spray Safety

Benefits of Attending

After attending this course, you should be able to:

  • Recognize and describe the proper role of the inspector
  • Recognize common inspection hold points and quality control procedures for thermal spray inspection
  • Implement and follow correct thermal spray inspection procedures for surface preparation and application

Course Format

The classroom session consists of an 8-hour lecture and is supplemented by workshops in which students learn how to navigate the NAVSEA Standard Item on thermal spray and a DOT specification and complete a four-station exercise of common thermal spray inspection tests, including profile, film thickness, tensile pull-off, and mandrel bend test.

Written Exam

The written exam consists of 25 multiple-choice questions. To receive a certificate and CEUs, you must attend all 8 hours of the course and attain a 70% or better score on the written exam.

Who Should Attend

  • Contractors
  • Project supervisors
  • Craftworkers involved in applying thermal spray technology

DoD Funded Training

Under the DoD Corrosion Prevention and Control Program, funding has been provided to train DoD, Army, Navy, Airforce and Coast Guard personnel in SSPC’s THERMAL INSP Course. For more information on how to take advantage of attending this course for free, click here.

Written Exam Retake Fee: $100 member; $200 non-member

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