Sparks fly fixing the AAV
After the amphibious assault vehicle has gone through an inspection, been broken down, run through the steam and blast process it's time to fix it up in the welding shop.
After a non-destructive test the welding department is left with a quality inspection report which Welding Supervisor Marshall Coaxum says guides them on the items the welders need to address. "From that report, what we do is work off of it that determines what deficiencies need to be repaired and so we go by that" says Coaxum.
While small projects can be welded with one person, Welding Work Leader Eddie Williams says it can take two people up to two days to fix a longer list of items including large areas with a lot of corrosion. "Once the aluminum is corroded we have to replace it to a certain degree. What we do, we cut the part out that is real bad and replace it" says Williams.
All of the MDMC welders are certified and once the work is done, the bosses make sure their work meets the standards. "Upon completion, myself of my leader will do a CPI inspection and then when that happens we call in the nondestructive testing personnel in and they go by that same checklist to make sure to verify that what we did is absolutely correct" says Coaxum.
As one part of the process to refurbish the assault amphibious vehicles, welders say they know what they do in Albany will directly affect the war fighter.