University of Alberta Student Chapter

Chapter Contact

The CWB Association University of Alberta (UofA) student chapter was established in 2010 in Edmonton, Alberta in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Welding and Joining (CCWJ) to provide an opportunity for students to learn about and participate in the welding community. Since its inception, the student chapter has been actively organizing and hosting events including open welding labs for the university, technical talks, CCWJ facility tours, and seminars. The growth and impact the chapter has had on welding in the province in such a short period of time has been extraordinary.

The student chapter is driven largely by the passion and enthusiasm of graduate students in the CCWJ participating in masters and doctoral research. Under the leadership of Dr. Patricio, the Director of the centre, the chapter has grown to include an increasing number of undergraduate students who share an interest and passion for welding. Students who graduate from the UofA have gone on to continue actively in the local Edmonton Chapter in leadership roles. The continued education and involvement of students even after they have graduated has been an important contribution of the student chapter to the welding community in Edmonton.

The CCWJ has been a foundational part of the chapter’s membership and activities. The centre opened in May 2010 to revive the welding engineering education at the UofA and to address the needs of resource-based industries in Canada. In only a few years, the CCWJ has become a focal point for welding research in the province. The centre boasts 285m2 of welding research space, full online data logging capability, latest generation computer controlled power supplies, a full metallography lab, a gas chromatographer for hydrogen/oxygen/nitrogen analysis, quench dilatometer, full-size instrumented impact testing, and has two high speed cameras with imaging capabilities up to hundreds of thousands of frames per second.


Over the academic year, the CWB Association student chapter is involved in various aspects of welding education. The CCWJ plays host to the Fundamentals of Welding course in the fall semester (September through December) at the University of Alberta, and the CWB Association student chapter is involved actively in aiding with all of the demos for the course. Additionally, the student chapter (through the CCWJ and CWB Association national) played host to the Duplex Stainless Steels Seminar. This seminar represented a large success for the student executive and attracted a high class of international speakers, who provided attendees with insights and experience about a growing segment of the welding field. This conference was a follow up to the extremely successful Overlay Seminar held in the previous year, another event hosted by the CWB Association student chapter.

One of the main aspects of welding education at a post-secondary level that the student chapter is heavily involved in, is the mentoring and training of Dean’s Research Award recipients. This award is offered through the Faculty of Engineering and allows undergraduate students at the University of Alberta to complete research projects over the course of an academic year. The executive of the student chapter has played a major role in the mentoring of these students and three of four members of the executive committee for the student chapter are previous recipients of the award on multiple occasions.

The largest impact that the CWB Association student chapter has is through the hosting of hands-on Open Labs. These events are run entirely within the CCWJ by the student chapter executive and members. The Open Labs allow undergraduate students, graduate students, professors, and staff at the university to try out welding in a comfortable and safe environment. This has allowed exposure to greater than 200 individuals to the joy of welding.

General Meeting Info

First Tuesday of every month at the Canadian Centre for Welding and Joining (room CME 108, University of Alberta)

Chapter Executive

Rishiekesh Ramgopal– Chair
Stefano Sacco hawas- Vice-Chair
Vicente Andrés Núñez Sánchez- Treasurer
Xinrui Liu- Secretary
Sofía Isabel Salazar Torres- Publicity coordinator

CCWJ- Annual Seminar: Welding for the Hydrogen Economy

When: Friday, April 28th
Where: University of Alberta, Room 8-207, DICE
Time: 7:45 am- 4:45 pm

Experiences, opportunities and challenges. Featuring the below speakers:
- Kalen Jensen, ATCO
- Kelsey Coulter, ATCO
- David Jordan, Lincoln Electric
- Bill Mohr, EWI
- Joshua James, EWI

For full details, click HERE.

Application of PTA in Rail Wheels Manufacturing: Welding of Steel Bridge Segment featuring videography of SMAW and GTAW

Zoom Meeting (meeting link via Eventbrite): Wednesday, November 24th, 2021
Time: Reception at 7:00PM and Presentations at 7:05 PM MDT

Presented By: Carter Trautmann and Wesley Lesburg.

The rail industry in Canada transports more than 300 Million tonnes of goods annually and only continues to grow year over year. One of the primary consumables for the rail transport industry is the wheel. Traditionally cast as a single piece, used until worn down, and removed from service. We hope that by applying the unique properties of Plasma Transferred Arc Welding (PTAW), additional steps can be introduced into this process.

Click HERE for full details.
Click HERE to register.

ASME IX Boiler and Pressure Vessel Codes Seminar

June 8-10, 2021
Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering, Room 8-207, DICE, 9211 116 Street Northwest, Edmonton, AB T6G 1H9

The CWBA student chapter at the University of Alberta is proud to invite you to the 2021 edition of our Annual Seminar, which is on ASME SECTION IX/ASME B31.3 with Walter J. Sperko. He is the past-Chairman of ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Subcommittee IX, Welding, Brazing and Fusing Qualifications and a member of several of its subgroups; he is also a member of ASME Subcommittee III, Nuclear Components, Subgroup on Materials, Fabrication and Examination; past-chairman, ASME Subcommittee B31.9, Building Services Piping; a member of the B31 Standards Committee. Mr Sperko has extensive experience in welding engineering, metallurgical engineering, design, failure analysis, and quality assurance. His industrial experience is primarily with piping, pressure vessels, storage tanks and structural steel.
The seminar will be hosted both in person and online. As circumstances are evolving, we are trying hard to make the learning experience interactive and robust in all platforms. Stay tuned for more information!
For more information, visit Eventbrite:

PDF Brochure HERE

Welding Procedures for New or Problematic Cases

Online Meeting Via ZOOM, Tuesday, July 14th- 12:00 MST

The CWB Association Edmonton Chapter and U of A Student Chapter would like to invite you to join us for our first online technical talk. Prof Mendez will be discussing work the CCWJ has been doing to help develop welding procedures for new and difficult materials. When welding procedures need to be developed, we use past experience. This past experience has been acquired painfully over time or might be compiled in lists of previous procedures, such as the Lincoln Procedure Handbook or AWS B2.1 standards. This approach works almost all the time… except when it doesn’t. In that case, we have very few tools at our disposal, mainly keep trying to change things intuitively until the procedure qualifies. 

Click HERE for full details and to register, click HERE for the event brochure.

CCWJ Annual Seminar- Getting the Welds You Need and Want and Structural Bolting

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
University of Alberta, Edmonton, 8-207 Donadeo ICE Bulding, 9211 116 Street NW

The CWBA student chapter at the University of Alberta, in collaboration with the AWS Alberta section and the Steel Centre are excited to invite you to attend a two-day industry seminar on steel structures with Robert E. Shaw, Jr., PE on March 3 and 4. On March 3, 2020 Mr. Shaw will be presenting the "Getting the Welds You Need and Want" session and "Structural Bolting" session on March 4, 2020.

The seminar will cover a combination of both basic and advanced topics related to the design and fabrication of welded steel structures (details can be found in the attached flyer). The seminar will be presented by Robert E. Shaw, Jr., P.E., a world-renowned authority on the design of welded and bolted structures. Mr. Shaw is President of the Steel Structures Technology Center, Inc., Howell, Michigan and Vice-Chair of the Research Council on Structural Connections. He has consulted on welding, bolting and quality issues on numerous significant steel structures, including those in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Singapore and South Africa. Mr. Shaw has presented seminars on welding, bolting and inspection of steel structures in numerous countries, including the USA, Canada (for both CWB and CISC), Ecuador, Australia, New Zealand, India, South Africa, Nigeria and Iran. His teaching style and technical expertise have resulted in him being a much sought-after speaker around the world, and it is a rare opportunity to attend this seminar in western Canada.

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Design of welding connections

The CCWJ is fortunate and proud to host again Dr. Duane Miller’s incredible seminar on weld design. This unique opportunity had not been available in Canada for decades, and it is happening for the second time following outstanding feedback form attendants to his seminar in 2017, and the requests from those who missed it.

This important event will be hosted in 2 locations.

Session 1 – Steel Structures
2-215 Van Vliet Centre, University of Alberta
May 6-7, 2019

Session 2 – Steel Weldments
SAIT, Heritage Hall
May 9-10

Click HERE for the event PDF brochure

Click HERE to register now



Thrusday, June 14, 2018 | 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
University of Alberta, 8-207 Donadeo ICE Building
9211 116 Street NW, Edmonton AB


  • Practical Tool for Developing Welding Procedures: Patricio Mendez (Canadian Center for Welding and Joining, UofA)
  • Productivity and Economics of Automation in Pipeline Welding: Paul Spielbauer (CRC Evans)
  • Improving Production Efficiency with a Hybrid Additive Manufacturing Approach: Gentry Wood (Apollo Machine & Welding Ltd, Apollo Laser Clad)
  • Economics and Quality Considerations of Welding Equipment: Robert Ritchot (Lincoln Electric)
  • The Life Cycle of a Weld: Expanding the Definition of Welding Management: Luke Ludwig (Enbridge Inc.)

Making Robust Pipe Inspection Robots for the Mining Industry (Presentation)

Friday, August 18, 2017, 3 - 4pm
University of Alberta, 8-207 Donadeo ICE Building
Patrick D Daniel / Enbridge Conference Room

The CCWJ is proud to host a seminar on developing and using robots for pipeline inspection. Prof. Zagal will describe the adventure of creating robots and instruments for the automated inspection and monitoring of pipes, tailing channels, and other critical assets of the mining industry. The machines developed at Maquintel have demonstrated the ability of carrying out automated inspection of the world's largest tailing channel (87km). The seminar will also provide an introduction on how rapid prototyping tools can be used effectively for making reliable machines when combined with field experience.

Please RSVP and send any questions about the seminar to

Design of Welded Connections

June 14 & 15, 2017 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
University of Alberta - 8th floor Donadeo ICE Building
9211 116 St NW, Edmonton, Alberta

This seminar is an invaluable opportunity for anyone with an interest in the design of structures, equipment, or components featuring welded connections.

Topics covered in this seminar will include:

  • Basics of Welded Connections
  • Details of Welded Connections
  • Principles of Connection Design
  • Learning from Failures
  • Welding Metallurgy
  • Causes and Cures of Distortion

Regular Price: $400 for CWA, ASM, ASME, AWS, NACE and SME members. $450 for non-members.

Early Bird Price (prior to May 15, 2017): $350 for society members. $400 for non-members.

Student Price: $50 (must have valid student ID).

Please note that attendees will earn 1.6 CEU credits
OR 16 hours toward professional development credits.

Register Online