ECE Global, LLC
Your Global Partner in Engineering, Quality and Safety Compliance
Design - Fabrication - Welding - Inspection - Certification
North America Rail Services - ECE Global

Our Mission

Since 1996, we are supporting railroaders, suppliers and OEM around the world. We engage with and consult at all levels. Our mission is to guide and support our clients in achieving their national and international goals. As a specialized service company, we understand that our clients success is key to ECE Global. Let us earn your trust.

We go where we are needed!

What We Do

ECE Global specializes in Engineering, Process Improvement, Welding Compliance, Quality & Systems, Inspection & Testing, and Compliance with Contract and Regulatory Requirements, Training and Certifications for the USA and Europe.

Why ECE Global ?

ECE Global engineers and experts in welding, non-destructive testing and quality systems provide professional services to this exciting, evolving market.

All of our professional staff has a minimum of 15 years experience within the railroad industry, covering processes such as design, fabrication, welding and inspection, and certification needs, as well as vendor approvals.

Our expertise extends to New and Used Railcars, Intermodal Equipment and Locomotives. We work hard at helping you accomplish your objectives for the design, manufacturing, testing, and certification of rail equipment.

ECE Global’s team of engineers utilizes their knowledge of the US M Series, EN 15085 standards and years of working with the rail industry to help our clients be proactive and successful. We work hard to help our clients optimize resources.

Scope of Railroad Services

New Construction
  • Engineering support
  • Pre-fabrication assessments
  • Welding support
  • Inspection services (NDE, CWI)
  • Construction surveillance
  • As-built inspections
Vendor Inspection Services
  • Vendor Auditing
  • Vendor Surveillance
Pre-Lease & Pre-Acquisition Inspections
  • AAR Rule 88.B.2 Inspection
  • Railcar Interchange/ Condition Inspection
Equipment Lease Return or Sale
  • Joint Inspection
  • Can represent either party to the transaction
Asset Appraisal Inspections
  • Standard third-party inspections
  • Comprehensive inspections provide reconditioning data
Monitor Shop Repair Programs
  • Certified Welding Inspectors (CWI)
  • Welder Training
Inspection Services
Provide Inspection of Damaged Railcars
  • Prior to Authorizing Repairs
  • Follow-up Inspections to insure Repairs are done correctly and completely

Capability Details

Engineering Codes / Assessments

  • Weld Shop Requirements
  • Classification of Parts / Assemblies
  • Weld Joint Classification
  • Weldment Coordination
Welding Drawing Requirements

  • Weld Detail Review (Joint Design & Procedure)
  • Weld Seam Quality Review & Support
  • Weld Mapping & Log Preparation
QA Weld Management & Planning

  • QA Weld Management
  • Material Receiving & Handling Procedure Support)
  • Material Identification / Traceability)
  • Welding Qualification Program)
  • Review / Evaluation of Existing Approvals)
  • Development of Approval Plan)
  • Working with Welders on Floor prior to Testing (rendering support))
  • Welding Procedure Approvals (e.g. AWS))
  • Welder Qualifications (e.g. AWS))
  • Welding Operator Qualifications (e.g. AWS))
Surveillance / Validation Services


Vendor Support Services

  • Vendor audits
  • Vendor Surveillance

  • Welder Training
  • NDE Training
  • QM System Training
  • Supervisors on Rules and Tasks
  • Inspections Requirements
  • Welder Training Program
  • Supervisory / Inspection of Welds
Certification & Validation Services

  • Technical File guidance
  • Weld Procedure Approval
  • Welder / Operator Approvals
  • QA System Audit preparation
  • QA System Pre-Audit

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North American Rail Standards Information

In the North American market, railroad safety is governed by the FRA (Federal Railroad Administration), a division of the DOT (Department of Transportation), and the AAR (Association of American Railroads) rules and regulations, such as:

  • AWS D15.1 Railroad Welding Specification for Cars and Locomotives
  • AWS Structural Welding Codes (i.e. AWS D1.1, AWS D1.2, AWS D1.3, AWS D1.6, …)
  • AWS D1.1 This code contains the requirements for design, fabrication and erecting welded steel structures.
  • AWS D1.2 This code contains the requirements for design, fabrication and erecting welded aluminum structures.
  • AWS D1.3 This code contains the requirements for arc welding of structural sheet/strip steels, and cold formed members.
  • AWS A3.0 Standard Welding Terms and Definitions

For additional information look at “Rail Standards and Information

  • CFR 49, Volume 4, Chapter II FRA (Code of Federal Regulations)
  • AAR Manual of Standards & Recommended Practices (MSRP)
  • AAR Field Manual of the Interchange Rules
  • AAR Office Manual of the Interchange Rules
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) – CFR 49, Volume 4, Chapter II
Railroad Freight Car Safety Standards
CFR 49, Part 215
Reflectorization of Rail Freight Rolling Stock
CFR 49, Part 224
Railroad Safety Appliance Standards
CFR 49, Part 231
Brake Systems Safety Standards
CFR 49, Part 232
Freight / Non-Passenger Trains
Association of American Railroads (AAR)
Manual of Standards and Recommended Practices
Car Construction -Fundamentals and Details
MSRP Section C
Specification for Design, Fabrication, and Construction of Freight Cars
MSRP Section C Part II
Specification for Tank Cars
MSRP Section C Part III
Specification for Quality Assurance
MSRP Section J
Truck and Truck Details
MSRP Section D
Brakes and Brake Equipment
MSRP Section E
AAR Field Manual of the Interchange Rules

Note 1: These are incomplete standards lists and are for reference only

Note 2: MSRP – AAR Manual of Standards and Recommended Practices

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AWS D15.1
Welding Services
EN 15085