Joel Girard, P. Eng.
President, METEX Consulting inc.
Mr. Girard graduated from Laval University with a degree in Civil/Structural Engineering and created METEX Consulting Inc. in 2010 as President and Principal Engineer. Prior to starting his consulting firm, he also worked as Operation Manager and Welding Engineer in Québec and Western Canada. His areas of expertise and responsibilities include CWB Certified Welding Engineer for Division 2 companies, AWS and ASME welding procedures, ASME and QA manual, technical support, detailing, structural design and design liaison with customers for special projects.
Prior to his engineering consulting business, Mr. Girard worked at Air Liquide Canada as Welding Product Manager. His areas of expertise and responsibility included Submerged Arc, Aluminum, Stainless, Electrode and Specialty Alloys Welding. Mr. Girard also worked for Hydro-Quebec as a site inspector to then join the Lincoln Electric group in 1992. During this period, he elaborated many seminars on varied welding subjects while involved in welding and cost reduction projects with different metal fabricators. In 1996, he joined Bohler Thyssen Welding, a German-based manufacturer with office in Toronto, as Technical Manager for Canada. This position with Bohler Thyssen Welding gave him the opportunity to increase his knowledge in the Nickel, High & Specialty Alloy and Stainless side of welding and knowledge of different industry sectors like offshore and power generation.
Martine Boudreault, Operation Director
Associate, METEX Consulting Inc.
Ms. Boudreault graduated in Business Administration from the Université du Québec à Montréal following a production management technique. She worked in the production field for several years as a production and quality control technician for various manufacturers in Quebec and Ontario. In Toronto, she acted as Trade Representative to establish a new market in Quebec in the printing industry. Subsequently, she founded her own company in the distribution and manufacture of products to commercial enterprises.
In 2010, she founded with Joel Girard METEX Experts-Conseils. She quickly graduated as a Level 1 Welding Inspector to meet the needs of the industry. As project manager, she is responsible for the company certification and the administrative aspects of the company.
Ray Cormier, Certified Welding Inspector CSA W178.2 Level II, Steel, Aluminum. ASME B31.3 Pressure Piping, ASME section VIII & IX
Mr. Cormier is a CWB Level II visual inspector, as well as a past CWB welding supervisor with more than 30 years of experience in the welding and fabrication field. During Ray’s early career working for a major steel fabricator, he was a journeyman welder & journeyman steel fabricator ticketed with all arc welding processes. Subsequently, Ray has been involved in setting-up welding jigs/automatic equipment for heavy plate and rolled steel shapes etc, and testing welders as well as quality assurance acting as QCI for ASME type work.
For the last 12 years, Mr. Cormier has been working for Structural and Welding Engineering Firm as Welding Technical, draftsman, CAD operator and designer. His responsibilities now includes on-site set-up of welding equipment & personnel; develop and qualify welding procedures; trainer, and CAD designer. Today, he is also one of METEX Consulting Inc. Welding Specialist.
André Bellemare, Welding Inspector CSA W178.2 Level III
In 1973, Mr. Bellemare began a two-year welding training. At the end of this training, he worked as a welder-assembler in a metal fabrication company. The main projects carried out focused on the manufacture of hydroelectric dam components, industrial mechanics, pressure and storage tanks, ship loading equipment and metal framing. In 1986, he obtained the CWB welding supervisor certification. Rich in his experience, he discovered a great interest in the aspect of quality, which led him to work for a consulting engineering company in the field of welding. In 1993, he was certified Level III welder in accordance with the requirements of CSA W 178.2. During this period, he qualified as a non-destructive testing technician using liquid Penetrant.
In 1997, he became a teacher in welding. The main programs involve welding and high-pressure welding. Then, he also assumes the responsibility of head of department of the metallurgical sector in a vocational training center. For almost twenty years, Mr. Bellemare has been responsible for a qualification center for welders. Today, he is also one of METEX Consulting Inc. Welding Specialist.
Ken Johnston, Certified Welding Inspector CSA W178.2 Level III and AWS, Red Seal & B-Pressure Welder
A career in the welding trade spanning some 39 years began in 1978 after entering into the Alberta Welder Apprenticeship Program; Alberta Journeyman Certification was achieved in 1980 with Grade “B” Pressure Welder added in 1981. The following 19 years would beForestry, Oil & Gas Drilling, Pipeline & Plant production and 3 years in a pipe mill capable of producing pipe sizes from 2 into 13ft in diameter and wall thicknesses up to 3/4 in.
In 1999, CSA W178.2 Welding Inspector Level III was achieved. Code endorsements include: CSA W47.1, W59, Z662 and ASME B-31.3. Shortly after AWS, CWI (Certified Welding Inspector) & CWE (Certified Welding Educator) were achieved.
The additional education resulted in 8 years (2000 to 2008) with the Canadian Welding Bureau as a CSR (Certified Services Representative), which included administration of CSA Standards W47.1, W47.2, W59, W186 & W55. Duties included: Auditor, Trainer (included welder training & classroom technical training), Welder Testing and Procedure qualification.
In 2009, M. Johnston started his Company with 2 welder test centres in Alberta offering welder training and testing. The company produces welder training videos related primarily to the welders testing seen in CSA W47.1. Other services include: welding inspection, program development relevant to welder training & testing to AWS D15.5/D15.1M 2007 and “Railroad Welding & Specifications for Cars & Locomotives”. Today, he is also one of Metex Experts Consulting Inc. Welding Specialist.
Jean-Marc Dubé, Welder specialist
Mr. Dubé has 39 years of experience in the field of metal fabrication.
Mr. Dubé began his career at Air Liquide Canada in 1978. His first 8 years of experience was in the fabrication and inspection of GMAW, FCAW, SMAW and 5 years as a formulation and insurance technician Quality and certification of input metals according to Lloyd’s, ABS, BV, DNV and CWB. Then, he worked as a welding technician for 3 years. His main duties consisted of providing technical assistance, training and welding optimization projects for ALC clients. Also, 18 years of experience led him in distribution of products and services related to the field of welding. He has contributed to the development of several technical optimization tools in welding. He helped improve and market a virtual welding simulator.
His recent projects have allowed him to analyze the training needs of companies, as well as their management, to be in-company trainer with the following welding processes: GMAW-P, FCAW, MCAW, GTAW-P, SMAW, SAW, PAC, PAW, CAC, OAC as well as ROBOTIC Welding and becoming Welding Specialist at Metex Experts Consulting Consulting Inc.