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ASME PCC-1 Level 1 Bolting Assembler Fundamentals (On Demand)

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ASME PCC-1 Level 1 Bolting Assembler Fundamentals is designed to train and evaluate a bolter’s ability to inspect and assemble bolted joints in an effective and safe manner.

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The course is designed to train and evaluate a bolter's ability to inspect and assemble bolted joints in an effective and safe manner. Participants will understand the principles and practices of safe bolted joint assembly as outlined in Appendix A of ASME PCC-1: Guidelines for Pressure Boundary Bolted Flange Joint Assembly. Appendix A of ASME PCC-1 provides a set of guidelines for pressure boundary bolted flange joint assembly. The general entry level role is the Level 1 Bolting Assembler. This course covers the training concepts identified for the level 1 bolting assembler. 


This course is part of ASME’s Bolted Flange Joint Assembly Program which provides formal on demand training fostering a deeper understanding of topics and concepts defined in ASME PCC-1 Appendix A. 


The learner will earn a microcredential for each level by completing courses covering the 4 skills levels: 

  • Level 1: Individual should be able to identify the main components of a bolted flange joint including the bolts, nut, flanges, gaskets, and lubrication. This individual should also have a basic awareness of bolted flange joints and general terminology of bolting tools and equipment.  
  • Level 2: Individual should be able to perform general pre-assembly activities of bolted flange joints such as cleaning, inspection, assembly activities such as gasket and bolt installation, alignment, and manual torque tightening.  
  • Level 3: Individual should be knowledgeable with in depth concepts of assembly requirements such as proper use of manual tightening equipment methods and pre, in-process, and post assembly quality assurance. This individual should also have an in depth understanding of the reasons why the majority of requirements for bolted flange joint assembly exists.  
  • Level 4: Individual should have advanced knowledge of all aspects of bolted flange joint assembly and should be able to develop and maintain bolted flange joint assembly procedures, training processes, and provide detailed oversight and guidance to bolted flange joint program.


By participating in this course, you will learn how to successfully:

  • Perform the pre-tightening activities applicable to a bolter’s job/function and have a basic awareness of bolted flange joints.
  • Identify and differentiate between main components of bolted flange joints as outlined in Appendix A of ASME PCC-1: Pressure Boundary Bolted Flange Joint Assembly, such as the proper identification of flange, bolting, gasket, and lubricants materials by way of gaining a thorough understanding of identification markings and applicable design standards.
  • Apply common tooling and terminology to perform proper bolt lubrication, stud installation and proper documentation/tagging. 
  • Recognize the proper assembly of bolted flange joints. 

Who should attend?

Anyone involved in the assembly, disassembly or quality assurance of bolted joints; Major operators and contractors involved in oil and gas, petrochemical and power generation, or any industry that uses bolted flange joint assemblies. Anyone desiring to pursue additional bolting assembler skill levels such as skill levels 2, 3, or 4.


Course participants are expected to have:

  • Access to computer equipment and a reliable internet connection
  • A calculator
  • Software to display PDF files (such as Adobe Reader)

A Certificate of Completion will be issued to registrants who successfully complete the course and achieve a passing score of 75% or higher on the final exam.

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Outline

Module 1 - Overview of ASME PCC-1


Module 2 - Level 1 Bolting Assembler Roles and Responsibilities


Module 3 - Flanged Joints

  • Flange, Fasteners and Gaskets Overview
  • The primary components of a bolted flange joint
  • Flanges – Overview
  • Common Flange Types
    • Weld Neck 
    • Slip On 
    • Lap Joint / Stub End 
    • Socket Weld 
  • Flange Facing Types
    • Flat / Full Face
    • Raised Face 
    • RTJ
    • Other Facing Types 
  • Understanding of ASME B16.5 and ASME B16.47 Nominal Pipe Size and Rating
  • Other Non-ASME / ANSI B16.5 Types
  • Flange Identification Marks 

Module 4 - Bolts

  • Bolt and Nut Identification Marks
  • Washers
  • Installation of bolt and stud such that markings are accessible for inspection
  • Proper stud length, minimum engagement, and maximum allowed excess

Module 5 - Gaskets

  • Purpose of a gasket
  • Use of a Single new (not used or damaged) gasket for final installation 
  • Summary of Common Gasket Types and Materials
  • Gasket Identification Marks and Spiral Wound Gasket Color Codes and Types
  • RTJ Gaskets
  • Kammprofile Gaskets
  • Corrugated Metal (CMG) Gaskets
  • Double Jacketed (DJ) Gaskets
  • PTFE Gaskets
  • Compressed Sheet Gaskets
  • Graphite Sheet Gaskets
  • Rubber Gaskets
  • Insulating (Isolation) Gaskets and Kit

Module 6 - Lubrication

  • Where to use Lubricant
  • Contamination of Lubricant 

Module 7: Bolting Tools and Equipment

  • General Tools and Assembly Equipment
  • Manual Torque Tools
  • Types of Manual Torque Wrenches
  • Types of Manual Torque Multipliers
  • Pneumatic Tools
  • Electric / Battery Torque Wrenches
  • Hydraulic Torque Wrenches
  • Hydraulic Tensioners

Module 8: Assembly of Flanges 

  • Types of Joint Traveler Sheets or Tags in Use
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Course Developer

Brett Thibodeaux

Fixed Equipment Reliability Area Group Leader, CITGO Petroleum Corporation

Brett Thibodeaux Has nearly 20 years of experience in the design, specification, maintenance, and troubleshooting of process equipment in both the refining and petrochemical industries.

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