ASME Bolting Specialist Qualification Program is specifically developed to enhance a bolter’s ability to safely and effectively assemble and disassemble pressurized joints. Preventing gasket leaks in these types of joints is one of the single most effective ways to improve safety, reduce fugitive emissions, lower maintenance costs and shorten turnaround times during shutdowns. The key to achieving these improvements is enhancing the bolter’s understanding of both the functions and limits of bolts, gaskets and flanges — and especially the importance of following formal tightening procedures. “While welders have long had the training they need to prevent leaks, bolters now have the formal training they need,” said Michael Ireland, associate executive director, Engineering. “ASME’s new qualification program was developed by a group of bolting industry experts — with over 193 collective years’ of bolting experience — whose prime motivation is preventing bolted flange connection gasket leaks and who recognize the need for this training program.” The new program, which incorporates online courses and hands-on training, will help participants understand and demonstrate the principles and practices of safe bolted joint assembly as outlined in Appendix A of ASME PCC-1: Guidelines for Pressure Boundary Bolted Flange Joint Assembly. They will also learn to apply these practices in the safe and effective assembly of bolted joints. The ASME Bolting Specialist Qualification Program consists of four online modules and a one-day hands-on training session. The online training portion of the program is designed to improve bolters’ knowledge of the principles and procedures of safe and effective bolting, as assessed by an online test following each module. The hands-on tool demonstration and testing portion of the program allows candidates to review, observe and demonstrate actual tool handling coupled with practical application of the principles and practices to show their ability to safely and effectively operate bolting tools and assemble functioning joints. Candidates will receive the ASME Certificate for the Qualified Bolting Specialist upon the successful completion of the online courses, the online final examination, and the hands-on training. While the program is intended to enhance participants’ familiarization with the general principles and best practices of bolted joint assembly, it is not a certification program. The determination of an individual’s competency for assigned tasks and work remains the responsibility of his or her employer.
COURSE OUTLINE: Safety/ PPE: Familiarize and comply with general safe bolting practices. Torque/Load Measurement: Review and observe the effect of friction on the torque/load relationship. • Importance of calibration certificates on all tools and gauges to be used in the work • Test dry and lubricated bolts. • Test accuracy of hand torque wrenches. Gasket Identification/Analysis: Recognize and be able to describe the advantages, limitations and typical uses of the most common gasket types and materials; confirm correct dimensions and be able to explain key concepts including gasket creep, min/max stress limits and common gasket failure modes. Manual Torqueing: Proper planning, inspection and tightening techniques Hydraulic Torque Tool Review: Inspect, Connect, Adjust and Safely Operate hydraulic pump and multiple torque wrenches. Hydraulic Torqueing: Proper Planning, Inspection and Tightening Techniques. Pneumatic Torque Tool Operation: Set-up, connect and use a pneumatic torque multiplier wrench to tighten nuts and studs. Tensioner Operation: Hydraulic tensioner & Mechanical tensioner.
▪ Each trainee will need to complete and pass the ASME computer based training portion before attending the hands on verification ▪ Hands on verification will be provided at the Vital training center or Scheduled Mobile Unit Location. ▪ 3-day notice will be required to initiate the hands on verification portion. ▪ Training will be done during a weekday, excluding holidays during the hours of 8 AM and 430 PM (special arrangements can be made to do 2 evening sessions)