International Welding Engineer (IWE) Diploma - Universitetet i Agder
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1 year
Part time study
Spring 2018

General description of the programme

Meeting the industry’s need for documented competence in welding and material issues, the University of Agder offers the International Welding Engineer (IWE) programme for engineers and technical staff who want to be certified as welding coordinators. The IWE-programme is an on-line course with session based teaching at Campus Grimstad, allowing the students to combine studies with a full time job. The sessions are generally conducted from Friday to Sunday.

Using a problem-oriented model with more than 200 cases from e.g. the offshore industry, the student acquires knowledge, skills and competence to meet the criteria for welding coordination personnel “with comprehensive technical  knowledge” as given in ISO 14731 - "Welding coordination - tasks and responsibilities", Section 6.2.

A computer program package has been developed to handle the cases, and the problems are presented in an interactive model.

The requirements for welding coordinators with IWE qualifications can be found in several standards:

  • NORSOK standard M-601 ­– Welding and inspection of piping
  • NORSOK standard M-101 – Structural steel fabrication
  • NS-EN 1090-2 –Technical requirements for steel structures (in force since 01.07.2014 in Norway)
  • NS-EN ISO 17660-1 – Welding of reinforcing steel

It is recommended that the civil construction sector increases the attention to the new requirements related to welding coordination in the industry. The typical user of the NS-EN 1090 and NS-EN ISO 17660-1 are workshops and entrepreneurs, engineering companies and constructors.

The programme is developed according to the guidelines by the International Institute of Welding (IIW). The requirements and curriculum for the IWE programme is harmonized throughout the world.

Candidates approved for admission by Norwegian Welding Association/Norsk Sveiseteknisk Forbund (NSF) will after the IWE- programme is completed, be qualified for the International Welding Engineer Diploma issued by NSF/IIW. 

Learning outcomes

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the programme, the candidate should be able to work in industrial projects as a welding coordinator with comprehensive technical  knowledge within the areas:

  • Welding processes and equipment
  • Materials and their behaviour during welding
  • Construction and design
  • Fabrication and applications engineering

Typical taske for a welding engineer are qualification of welding procedures, inspection, identification of requirements in specifications and standards, and evaluation of materials and facilities. The welding engineer works closely with the designer and inspection personnel and will often propose improved and more cost effective design. 


Course Structure

The course consists of six parts:

  • One module of practical welding and demonstrations (Module 0)
  • Four theory modules (Modules 1-4)
  • One project assignment

The theory modules are:

  • Welding processes and equipment
  • Materials and their behaviour during welding
  • Construction and design
  • Fabrication and applications engineering

The practical welding and demonstrations module will be conducted in cooperation with schools and enterprises in Grimstad.

The theory modules are taught during four weekends. After each theory module there is an individual written exam. Prior to start of the project assignment there will be a harmonized test according to the IIW guidelines.

Schedule of the activities

Schedule of activities for the 2018 course: 

Teaching methods
The IWE-programme  is an on-line course with session based teaching at Campus Grimstad, allowing the students to combine studies with a full time job.  Lectures are used for the theory modules. External expert lecturers from the industry may be used for certain topics. Students are encouraged to bring relevant cases to the sessions.

There is an individual project after modul 4 is completed. The students are encouraged to propose suitable projects assignments with benefit for the companies they are working for.

The learning portal Fronter is used for distribution of information such as text book and exercises, and for communication between students and lecturers. The exercises and the programme package are downloaded from Fronter to the student’s own computer. Quizzes in kahoot are planned to be used throughout the lectures.

Language of instruction

January to December 2018. In between there is a summer break. Please see the course schedule for further information.

Admission and Requirements

Admittance requirements

  1. A Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering or similar.
  2. A letter of approval for admission by the Norwegian Welding Association/Norsk Sveiseteknisk Forbund (NSF).

The admission requirements are regulated by Regulations for admission to study programmes and courses at the University of Agder.

Practical information


  • Tuition fee at UiA: NOK 90.000,- (NOK 85.000,- for employees in GCE NODE companies)
  • Semester fee at UiA: NOK 750,- per semester
  • NSF candidate approval fee: NOK 5.000,-
  • NSF diploma fee: NOK 2.000,-

Important dates and duration:

  • UiA application opens: 01.11.2017
  • UiA application deadline: 15.12.2017
  • Course start: 19.01.2018
  • Part time study 10 months (excluding summer break)

For applicants seeking an IWE certificate, please see for further information on how to apply for NSF-approval of admission.

For the days with practical welding and demonstrations the students are required to bring their own standard personal protection equipment: Hard hat, protective shoes, gloves, protective glasses and boiler suit.


Application period

15 December, 2017

Places available



kr 90.000

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