The European Federation for Welding, Joining and Cutting (EWF) conducted a survey in 2018 within their Erasmus+ project "FSW-TECH - Development of a Guideline for FSW Personnel".
This survey was targeted at industrial companies, associations of companies and public bodies that work in the Friction Stir Welding field. Its objective was to understand, which qualifications are in place at the moment, and what are the skills required to employ personnel in this area (from Engineer to Operator).
The project main aims are to develop a guideline for three professional profiles in Friction Stir Welding, Operator, Specialist and Engineer, educational material and a guideline for implementation of the curricula at European level.
The survey was conducted by the following "FSW-TECH" project participants:
Representatives of the following 75 companies from 16 countries replied to the web-based questionnaire:
They belong to the following sectors:
During the survey, the following question was asked: "Are you aware of any regulation/standards requirements for the training and qualification of the Friction Stir Welding personnel? If so please identify them." and the following answers were given:
Regarding the question "Are you aware of any regulation/standards/Client Technical Specifications to assess the quality of the friction stir welds and of the process that are currently being used in your company?" 69.6% of the respondents answered 'yes' and 25.3% answered 'no', without detailing the ones they are aware of.
The following skills gaps were mentioned by those who responded:
The following FSW variants are used by those who responded:
On the question "Which is the main industry this process is directed for?" the respondents identified the following industries:
The main applications mentioned by the respondents are as follows: