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The WJMG Team

Who We Are

At Welding & Joining Management Group (WJMG), we test welders, we certify welders. We test metals and joined materials.

Our team includes a PhD in Welding, three AWS-CWIs, two ASNT Level III Technicians and over 60 years combined welding, metals and NDT experience.

If it was welded or metal, and it broke, we can tell you why. That is just what we do, all day, everyday.


Dr Jesse A Grantham

Welding & Metals Forensic Expert

Dr. Jesse A. Grantham is a forensic expert consultant specializing in welding, metallurgical, pipelines and structural metal failure analysis, code compliance and contract compliance, as well as workplace safety issues. He heads the forensic team at Welding & Joining Management Group™ in Frederick, Colorado, as well as overseeing the testing, calibration and welder certification programs.

Dr. Grantham is a Professional Engineer in several states, as well as an active Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) by the American Welding Society (AWS), Certified Radiographic Interpreter (CRI) Certified Level III by the American Society of Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), Past Treasurer and Fellow of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE). He has worked on hundreds of failure analysis cases throughout the USA.



Dustin Nelson

Testing & Laboratory Manager

As WJMG Testing & Laboratory Manager, Dustin coordinates all projects that come in for testing, validations and certification. He oversees all Mechanical Testing, Nondestructive Testing (NDT) and Welder Certifications, including our Instrument Validation and Verification program, usually processing the reports with same-day turn around times.

He prepares lab test reports and welding documents in accordance with AWS, ASME IX, and API standards.  He conducts failure analysis test protocols for forensic assessments.

Dustin is an AWS-CWI# 19071301, AWS-CWE #2111008E and an ASNT Level II in VT, PT, UT, and PAUT. Dustin has over 15 years of NDT experience and 11 years welding experience is a great addition to the WJMG team. He has worked in the trenches as Field Manager for 9 years at an inspection company, responsible for field operations, NDT and welding in CO, WY, ND, SD and OH. He was District Manager and NDT Field Supervisor for a national NDT company for 3 years. He understands what the welder goes through to prepare for certification. He has the vision to communicate with the Project Managers and QC Managers to implement the best procedures for the job.



Vicki Brigham

Office Manager

Vicki is Office Manager at WJMG. She handles all account correspondence and customer setup procedures. She is the first smiling face you'll see when you visit our Frederick office, and generally the voice you will hear when you call us.

Vicki's background is in small business management including several retail management and customer service positions. Vicki is originally from Missouri, but has lived in Colorado for over 20 years.



Kyle Morehead

Metals Testing & Laboratory Technician

Kyle Morehead is a WJMG Laboratory Technician, AWS-CWI (#19070043), Certified Visual Welding Inspector and WJMG NDT Course Instructor. He oversees the various test procedures accompanied with the welds and metals that come into Welding & Joining Management Group™ laboratory.   He clearly identifies the metals, takes photographs, adheres-to work instructions, operates the instruments & shop machinery for testing and assists with preparing final certification documents.

Kyle has an Associate’s degree in Welding Technology and Engineering Technology from AIMS Community College and continues to study Computer Aided Drafting.  His Pre-Engineering program studies are ongoing.  He is a Certified (ASNT) Level II MT, PT, UT, VT, with pending Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing (PAUT) and AWS-CWI certification.   



Henry Topham

Laboratory Technician

Henry Topham is a WJMG Laboratory Technician and AWS CWI # 22094081. He is an instructor for the AWS Sense program and an intern instructor for the NDT program at the WJMG Institute. His Daily Job duties include welding observation for welder certifications, performing destructive and non-destructive testing, operating mechanical, and laboratory test equipment. He also prepares welding and certification documents in accordance with multiple codes and specifications. Henry has been active in the welding & training industry for over three years. Henry is proficient in all major arc welding processes and is currently working towards his ASNT Level II certifications in VT, MT, PT and UT.

In the evenings Henry is also an Adjunct Instructor at Aims Community College for the welding technology department. Performing Welding demonstrations for all arc welding processes and providing feedback to students to improve their welding skills. Teaching the next generation of welders’ proper fundamentals, technique, and safety practices is something he takes great pride in.


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