ASME Product Certification programs — under which a company is assessed and certified based on demonstrated ability to meet the requirements of an ASME standard — continue to provide a vital service to enhancement of public safety and facilitation of international commerce.
For 100 years, the strength of ASME standards and related product certifications is that they form an interlocking system based on having a set of requirements developed through an open and transparent consensus process. They may involve independent, third-party inspection during the process, uniform qualification of inspectors, and acceptance by government entities. It is the common understanding and confidence and trust in this system, which have enabled regulated equipment built in one jurisdiction to be readily accepted for installation in another.
In 2010, ASME reached a milestone of certifying more than 6,000 manufacturers in 75 nations. Visit go.asme.org/certification-accreditation.
Acting by request of federal agencies, ASME provides particular industries with a uniform standard for evaluating professional competency via personnel certifications. Nearly 3,000 professionals throughout North America have achieved these respected credentials for themselves, while bringing back to their sponsoring organizations best-practices for improving operational safety and efficiency.
ASME Personnel Certification programs include:
- QFO - Certification of High Capacity Fossil Fuel Fired Plant (Boiler) Operators
- ANDE - ASME Nondestructive Examination (NDE) and Quality Control (QC) Inspection Personnel Certification
Training & Development Courses
As a recognized leader in workforce learning solutions, ASME helps individuals expand their knowledge and organizations develop their core assets — boosting technical competence and heightening managerial expertise. All ASME Training & Development programs are delivered by ASME-approved instructors who are recognized experts within their professional disciplines. Importantly, most codes and standards courses are taught by ASME Code Committee members who understand and can communicate code or standard relevance and its impact on safety, quality and integrity.
ASME Training and Development's more than 200 courses are offered in multiple formats: public courses, eLearning courses, seminars and workshops, plus in-company training, which may be customized to individual company requirements. Visit www.asme.org/kb/courses.
ASME Standards Technology LLC
ASME Standards Technology, LLC (ASME ST-LLC) was established in 2004 to provide the research and technology development needed to maintain the technical relevance of codes and standards. It focuses on emerging and newly commercialized technologies whose acceptance in the marketplace is conditioned upon the as-yet-unspecified regulatory environments they may face. ASME ST-LLC seeks to anticipate the standardization needs of these technologies as requested by both industry and government.
ASME ST-LLC also provides its clients with Project Management Services, which include: securing project sponsorship; soliciting for investigators; executing subcontracts; managing project execution; coordinating peer reviews of draft deliverables; and publishing the final reports. Visit go.asme.org/STLLC.
Conferences and Publications
ASME's conferences and publications are primary vehicles for disseminating technical information to the engineering community. The Society's preeminent technical conference is the annual International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, which brings together many of the Society's technical divisions and volunteer leaders to discuss the state of the art in engineering and technology.
The Society sponsors many other technical conferences and events throughout the year, including:
- ASME Turbo Expo: Power for Land, Sea and Air
- ASME Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference (PVP)
- ASME Power Conference (Power)
- International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE)
- ASME Small Modular Reactors Symposium (SMR)
- International Heat Transfer Conference
- International Pipeline Conference (IPC)
- Offshore Technology Conference (OTC)
Conference proceedings comprise one arm of the Society's extensive and internationally-recognized publishing operation that also encompasses codes and standards, engineering manuals and academic texts under the ASME Press imprint, plus technical journals in a variety of disciplines. Popular journals of the Society include:
- Journal of Pressure Vessel Technology
- Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power
- Journal of Turbomachinery
- Journal of Heat Transfer
- Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering
ASME's technical publications are available in print or electronically via the ASME Digital Library, a powerful online tool that allows cross-journal searching, extensive links to primary publishers and databases, and a complete suite of personalization tools.
ASME also publishes Mechanical Engineering magazine, Mechanical Advantage, ME Today, and ASME News, the Society's online newspaper.