• Prioritizing Quality

    Code Compliance, Technical Committee and Advisor

NCPWB has a deep and abiding belief in codes and has always promoted compliance with them. Such compliance produces sound welds and is economical for both contractor and owner. It saves resources that would otherwise be wasted in going back to correct errors.

Each WPS and BPS developed by NCPWB has been reviewed by the Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company, one of the largest insurers of pressure vessels in the U.S., who concurs they comply with the ASME Section IX, Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code.

The Bureau has a Technical Committee responsible for developing welding/brazing procedures for all approved methods of welding/brazing that meet the requirements of ASME, AWS, NFPA and other Codes. The Committee is focused on the technique of welding/brazing, supervision of the technical activities of chapter members to maintain high standards of membership, testing welders/brazers and of service to the owner.

The Bureau retains Walter Sperko, P.E. as their Technical Advisor. Mr. Sperko is President of Sperko Engineering Services, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in metal fabrication technology, including material selection, welding, heat treating, inspection, quality assurance and failure analysis. He has particular experience in piping and pressure vessel fabrication, installation, maintenance and repair.

Mr. Sperko is a Chairman of ASME Standards Committee IX Welding, Brazing and Fusing Qualification and a member of several of its subgroups, Past Chairman of ASME B31.9 Building Services Piping Committee, a member of the B31.3, Process Piping subgroup on Fabrication and Examination, a member of B31 Standards Committee and various other ASME committees. He is also a member of AWS Committee D10 on welding and brazing of pipe and tube and a member of AWS TAC and past Chairman of the US TAG to the ISO welding committee TC44.  He received his BA and BS in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He is a registered Professional Engineer in several states, and he holds five US patents.