Welding design and fabrication questions and problems affecting welding quality can come up when least expected.  Welding quality can determine the success or failure of weldments.  Therefore, having a welding consultant available online or in person who has the right answers and solutions, practical certified welder experience, and a welding engineering degree are essential to avoid welding mistakes, and ensure welding quality.  One welding mistake can cost millions.

The welding consultant establishes and specifies welding requirements, answers technical welding questions and advises designers, engineers, fabrication and quality personnel on matters of welding during the design, procurement, and fabrication phase needed to design and build in welding quality, by avoiding mistakes, and thereby ensure weldments are suitable for the intended purpose.


Welding consulting services will allow you to:

  • Prevent common welding mistakes that reduce quality, lower productivity, increase costs, and jeopardize safety.
  • Improve your technical capability in welding.
  • Eliminate the expense and commitment of hiring and maintaining a full-time welding engineering support staff.
  • Get the practical hands-on experience and knowledge required for the success of your project.
  • Get solutions to problems or an independent opinion when needed.
  • Profit from your project investment through improved quality, cost reductions, and on time performance within budget.  In other words, you receive the best value for your investment dollar.
  • Prevent unnecessary lawsuits resulting from mistakes, failure or safety incidents.
  • Design and build in welding quality.

$ It’s most costly to correct mistakes found in the finished weldment.

$ It’s less costly to correct mistakes found when making the weldment.

$  It’s least costly to prevent mistakes during research, development and design of the weldment

For your convenience some of the welding consulting services can be performed online, saving you the time and cost associated with having a welding engineer travel to your location.  If you prefer to have a welding engineer visit your location, or location of a vendor, supplier, contractor or subcontractor, an hourly rate, travel time, mileage and associated expenses will be charged.

To get a cost estimate for welding consulting, or location visits, click on CONTACT METHODS and use any of the listed methods to contact McWane and Associates. 


Weldments must meet increasingly strict integrity and performance requirements.  The economic and human costs of failure during service in today’s litigious society puts a lot of responsibility on the weldment designer whose goal is correct weldment performance, and the welding engineer, whose goal is to integrate welding processes and materials to successfully fabricate the weldment.  Both goals are achieved when the best material for the weldment is selected based on design requirements, and properties of all candidate materials, including weldability and fabricability.  This takes a team effort using both the designer’s and welding engineer’s unique knowledge and experience.

When used correctly, the science and technology of welding are enabling disciplines that make high-quality, low-cost weldments possible.  Therefore, to get the maximum economic and technical benefits, you must have the welding knowledge necessary to properly select and apply the science and technology, not as an afterthought, but during the weldment design, procurement, and fabrication phase without making mistakes.

Unfortunately, there is a widespread lack of welding knowledge in industry because the science, technology and application of welding is 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 in the workplace as welding mistakes that cause welding problems when the engineering students become engineers and are expected to establish and specify welding design and fabrication requirements.

This lack of training has also created a chronic shortage of welding engineers and therefore most firms that design or fabricate weldments typically have no one on their staff with a welding engineering degree to establish and specify welding requirements.  This limits their ability to answer welding questions, prevent and solve welding problems, and interpret and apply the welding and fabrication requirements in applicable welding codes, standards and specifications, which can be especially challenging to the layman user or specifier.

The firms therefore mistakenly rely too heavily on welding inspection, often as an afterthought to control and improve welding quality.  You cannot inspect in welding quality, it must be designed and built in.

Welding inspection is necessary but it’s not enough, because even when welding inspection is done in accordance with industry codes and standards, it typically occurs after the weldment has already been designed or built.  Therefore, welding quality or lack of welding quality has already been designed or built-in the weldment.  Therefore, welding inspection can only confirm or verify the welding quality that’s already there, good or bad.

To ensure good welding quality, you must first design in welding quality before you can build in welding quality.  Welding quality must become inherent in the design, procurement and fabrication process by avoiding mistakes.

Neither can welding inspection be substituted for welding engineering.  The welding inspection function does not establish welding requirements.  The welding engineering function does.

The role of welding inspection is to confirm or verify that the welding requirements established and specified by welding engineering is implemented without making mistakes.  One welding mistake can cost millions.