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1. Cold Working is Plastic deformation:

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2. Hot Working is Plastic deformation

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3. Maximum Allowable Working Pressure (MAWP) is the maximum gauge pressure at the

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4. Magnesium symbol is

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5. Manganese symbol is

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6. NPS stands for

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7. The maximum permitted ovality tolerance of a pressure vessel shell (D max – D min) shall not exceed ….. of the nominal diameter of the vessel.

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8. Qualification is a combination of all of the following except:

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9. The process of monitoring or observing the inspection activities associated with materials, equipment and/or components for adherence to the specific procedure, product specification, code or standard specified in the contractual requirements is called:

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10. Root Mean Square (RMS) is a measure of

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11. Documents filled out by the SI indicating concerns or other factual descriptions  of what was  noticed  during  the course of product surveillance,  but not necessarily  issues  that may be considered defects or requiring NCR’s is called …. It is intended to flag off the issues and problem and may lead to an NCR if not resolved.

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12. A document that contains the requirements and acceptance criteria for the manufacturing and fabrication of specific types of equipment and components is called:

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13. Reheating a hardened metal to a temperature below the transformation range to improve toughness is called:

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14. VDDR stands for:

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15. Authorized Inspector’s approval is required ….. to release.

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16. Each inspection report should be reviewed for all of the following except:

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17. The ultimate risk associated for each equipment item is

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18. If any conflict should arise during the inspection activity, the source inspector should notify his/her …. for resolution as soon as possible.

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19. Later editions of industry codes and standards …. apply if the contract or purchase order has specified an earlier  edition of a specific standard.

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20. All project documents should have been reviewed/approved by the:

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Source Inspector is defined as an individual who is responsible for:

  • Examining fabricated and manufactured equipment and materials at a supplier’s facility
  • Confirming that the supplier’s quality management system is being utilized effectively

API SIFE – Source Inspector Fixed Equipment primarily focuses on pressure containing equipment such as vessels, columns/towers, heat exchangers, piping, valves, pressure relief devices, tubulars, and associated structural fabrications.

 

There are four definite leads to help you understand what type of questions to expect during examination. These are:

  • API SIFE reference materials
  • Experience of other candidates who attempted the exam
  • Mock exam questions
  • Exam Score Report (showing the areas which you are scored against)

 

 

You are scored for your performance in the following areas during the examination.

Content AreaNumber of Questions
Basic Source Inspection31
Inspection Reference Documentation19
Manufacturing Process20
Inspection Tools and Equipment5
Methods of examination and testing25
Total Score100

 

You do not need to be an expert in NDT, coating and welding inspection, materials, casting and fixed equipment but just need to have the basic knowledge. API examines your competency at basic level; therefore, you should not expect complicated questions.

Study the reference documents noted within the publication effectivitiy sheet from inspection point of view only, that is, what an inspector need to know. Most of reference documents have a dedicated section on inspection and this is where you need to focus.

The most important document is: Guide for Source Inspection and Quality Surveillance of Fixed Equipment which is available for free at API ICP website. This is currently turned into a recommended practice (API RP 588) and included in the publication effectivitiy sheet.

 

How the API SIFE exam questions developed? 

A question writing session is periodically conducted by Subject Matter Experts (SME’s), or individuals who specialize in pressure vessels, write questions from specific sections of the Code.  Each question is then checked by three other SME’s.

 

This validation exercise answers two questions;

  1. Is the question written clearly?
  2. Does the question cover knowledge that is important to a vessel inspector?

These questions then go into a question data-bank as non scored exam questions.

 

Presently there are over 500 questions in the data-bank and are grouped by topics.  For each examination, there are 110 questions on the exam pulled from “Content Area” (see table above). Only 100 Questions are scored. The remaining 10 are pre-test questions and not marked towards your score, that is, these pre-test questions do not affect your score whether you have answered them correctly or not. API does not tell you which ones these questions are.

API needs to ensure that these questions are not significantly challenged by the candidates and have also been answered by a reasonable number of candidates before adding them to their question bank as scored questions.

 

 

No Negative Marking

The pass mark is roughly 70% for all the API examinations. No negative marking is applied. Therefore, make sure that you have answered all the questions. At the end, click the ‘’review all’’ button and peruse through the list to ensure that you have not skipped any question. You can also check ‘’review incomplete questions’’ to ensure there is nothing on the list, that is, no question left unanswered.

 

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