Aluminum Welding for Fabricators, Inspectors & Engineers

Broaden your skillsets and keep pace with advancements in your field by learning from industry experts.

Is welding aluminum difficult or just different? This live webinar addresses that question and provides you the information needed to confidently work with aluminum. By the end of the course, attendees will be able to identify aluminum properties that affect its use in welded structures; design, fabricate, and inspect aluminum weldments; and explain how to properly qualify aluminum welding procedures and welders.

Attendees that complete all six webinar sessions and earn a passing score on the final exam will earn 6 PDHs or 0.6 CEUs.


Member: $270
Non-member: $330

Includes a digital copy of D1.2:2014 – Structural Welding Code – Aluminum

Learning Objectives

  • Provide an overview of aluminum joining methods and welding processes
  • Address aluminum’s metallurgical properties, including those that are conducive to welding and those that are not
  • Introduce attendees to AWS D1.2/D1.2M:2014 Structural Welding Code -Aluminum
  • Cover the design of aluminum fillet, groove, plug, slot, and stud welds
  • Explain the qualification process for aluminum welding procedure specifications and personnel
  • Discuss the fabrication and inspection of aluminum weldments
  • Explain friction stir welding, the newest aluminum welding process, and why it is best suited for aluminum

Webinar Schedule

Each live webinar is composed of 1-hour sessions spread across 6 days.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays; 1-2 p ET

Session 1
May 17 – 26, 2022
(Tuesdays – Thursdays) 1 – 2p ET

Session 2
July 26 – August 3, 2022
(Tuesdays – Thursdays) 1 – 2p ET

Session 3
December 13 – 22, 2022
(Tuesdays – Thursdays) 1 – 2p ET



Randy Kissell

Randy Kissell is a managing consultant for Trinity Consultants, a consulting firm with over 60 offices in North America, China, and Europe. Randy has over 40 years of experience in aluminum structures and welding.

Randy co-authored Aluminum Structures – A Guide to Their Specifications and Design, published by John Wiley and now in its 2nd edition, co-holds numerous US patents on aluminum structures, and was featured on the cover of Structural Engineer magazine in 2013. Structures he has designed have been featured in Civil Engineering, Engineering News-Record, and at the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Structures Congresses. He has conducted ASCE’s Designing Aluminum Structures seminar since 2002 and similar seminars for the National Council of Structural Engineering Associations and the American Welding Society.

Randy has been registered as a professional engineer in over 20 states, including those with special requirements such as California and Alaska and has been licensed as a general contractor in California and Florida. He is the chairman of the American Welding Society’s aluminum structural welding subcommittee, of which he has been a member for over 20 years.

Mr. Kissell is the secretary of the Engineering Advisory Committee of the Aluminum Association, responsible for the Specification for Aluminum Structures, used throughout the US for aluminum structural design. He is also a member of the ASTM Light Metal Alloys committee and the Canadian Standards Association’s committee on Strength Design in Aluminum.

Thom Burns

Thom Burns holds a BS in Industrial Technology/Metals Science from Northern Michigan University, has been in the Aluminum Welding Technical field for over 35 years and with the AWS for 36 years. He was the past Chair and the current Vice Chair of the AWS D1.2 Structural Welding Code – Aluminum and the past Chair of the AWS D3.7 Aluminum Hull Guide. Also holds a seat on the Main Committee of the AWS D1 – Welded Structures.

While as the Director of Business Development and Technical Services for three international Aluminum Welding companies, Thom oversaw the customer needs and product improvements throughout the North American region and managed others throughout the world. He has also developed numerous improvements in feeding of aluminum wire and welding practices that both reduce costs and increase performance in aluminum welding. Some of these devices have been patented and are in service today.

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