We as a nation have a once in a lifetime opportunity to repair and build back better our nation’s aging and deteriorating infrastructure and bridges by doing it right the first time and thereby avoid infrastructure and bridge welding mistakes that cause welding defects, repairs and failures.

Let us not waste this infrastructure, bridge welding, and building opportunity by turning it into another business-as-usual government waste of taxpayer dollars, and boondoggle for the good ol’ boys and their cousin Vinney.

Stop the nonsense of welding defects, repairs and failure on infrastructure and bridge welding projects by getting welding professionals who have welding engineering degrees involved in making welding decisions.

It’s a mistake to think other engineering disciplines are qualified to do what welding engineers do.  There has always been a lack of welding knowledge on past infrastructure and bridge welding projects because the science, technology, and application of welding are not generally taught at the four-year university or college level to engineering students, except to those in a welding engineering degree program.  And therefore, this lack of welding knowledge shows up on infrastructure and bridge welding projects as welding mistakes that cause welding defects, repairs and failures when the engineering students become engineers and are expected to establish and specify welding design, and fabrication requirements for the infrastructure and bridge welding project.

Every time I hear on the evening news that some infrastructure or bridge welding project has welding defects that must be repaired, or has failed, the first thing that comes to mind is that there was no welding engineer supporting the project.  And in most cases that assumption is correct, because most companies that design or fabricate infrastructure and bridge weldments typically have no one on their staff with a welding engineering degree to properly establish and specify infrastructure and bridge welding requirements.  This limits their ability to answer technical welding questions, prevent and solve welding problems, and interpret and apply the welding and fabrication requirements in applicable infrastructure and bridge welding codes, standards and specifications, which can be especially challenging to the layman user or specifier.

It seems that infrastructure and bridge welding gets no respect unless there is a weld defect, repair or failure, or lives are lost and property is damaged.  Then everybody becomes interested.  Let’s get it right the first time and stay out of the evening news, unless it’s for the right reasons.

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