4Mission“Our mission is to advance the science, technology and application of welding and allied joining and cutting processes, including brazing, soldering and thermal spraying.”
5Who We Are Founded in 1919 AWS is the largest organization in the world dedicated to the welding industryAWS serves nearly 63,000members worldwideWe are:Business and IndustryEngineersWeldersEducators
6Who We AreA standards-developing organization that produces AWS practices, standards, product specifications, and guidelines.An advocate for American methods and practices in the development of critical international standards through the International Standardization Organization (ISO).A volunteer-led organization governed by an enthusiastic, committed board of directors that oversees the activities of more than 160 local Sections around the world; more than 200 technical committees; and an expert staff of about 100 at AWS headquarters.
7What We Do Membership Certification Education Conference/Seminars AWS’s strategic goal is to support theindustry by providing:MembershipCertificationEducationConference/SeminarsAnnual ExpositionFoundation and ScholarshipsPublications, Codes and Standards and PeriodicalsInteractive WebsiteJobFind
9Importance to Manufacturing Welding plays a key role in the manufacturing challengeWelding is a key contributor to:Heavy ManufacturingLight ManufacturingConstructionTransportationElectronic/MedicalMaintenance & RepairEnergy
11The Need GrowsAdvancing manufacturing technology creates more uses for welding in the workplace and is expanding opportunities.Increased emphasis on certification, which ensures quality.Computer skills are required for welding professionals responsible for programming welding robots, lasers, and systems.New materials are creating a greater need for a highly educated and innovative welder workforce.Automation reinforces the need for skilled machine operators.US industries face foreign competition and require competitive welding techniques and skilled operators to stay viable.Skilled welders are needed to renew the country’s aging infrastructure.
13PublicationsGet in the know with AWS’s Welding Journal and Inspection Trends.The monthly Welding Journal is received by all AWS members. It contains feature articles on practical and applied welding technology, peer-reviewed welding research, new products, industry news, developing technologies, safety, and AWS activities and programs.The quarterly Inspection Trends serves the nondestructive examination industry, including more than 20,000 active Certified Welding Inspectors.
14PublicationsAWS is your primary information source – a clearinghouse of expert welding knowledge you can’t get anywhere else. Our core competency is gathering and disseminating information on welding and allied processes.We publish more than 230 technical documents for the welding industry, including one of the world’s most widely used standards, D1.1/D1.1M, Structural Welding Code—Steel.
16CertificationsYour successful career is based on professional credibility. It brings value, higher pay, job security, and recognition as one of the industry’s elite.AWS conducts preparatory seminars throughout the U.S. and around the world, and has certified more than 60,000 CWIs since the program’s launch in 1976.AWS offers certification in the following categories:Certified Welding Inspector (CWI)Certified WelderCertified Radiographic Interpreter (CRI)Certified Welding Educator (CWE)Certified Welding Engineer (CWEng)Certified Welding Supervisor (CWS)Certified Robotic Arc Welder (CRAW)Certified Welding Sales Representative (CWSR)Certified Welding Fabricator (CWF)
18EducationWe support welding education and research at all levels, from children in 4-H Club programs to high school students, and those seeking two-year technical degrees, bachelor’s and graduate degrees, as well as professionals in continuing education programs.AWS education initiatives include skills-based training and advanced metallurgy and welding technology. These programs encompass all conceivable aspects of the science and art of welding.
19EducationS.E.N.S.E. (Schools Excelling through National Skills Education) offers administrative standards and curriculum guidelines for the qualification of entry- level, advanced, and expert welders in high schools and colleges.Recognized by the National Skill Standards Board.Of the 800-plus S.E.N.S.E. participating organizations, more than 450 schools also are Educational Institution Members of AWS.
21Foundation Founded in 1989 to promote welding education Promotes the study of welding and joining with scholarships and fellowshipsGrants $250,000 per year in scholarshipsCollaborates with local training facilities, junior colleges, colleges and universities to provide trained, certified workers to help satisfy local workforce needsConnects companies with end-user training institutions, junior colleges, and universities that can provide them with long-term quality employees
22Fund SourcesIndividual contributor – Named scholarship (e.g., Donald F. Hastings scholarship)Corporate contributor – Named scholarship (e.g., Hypertherm Scholarship)AWS Sections, Individuals and Corporations contribute to the endowmentEarnings of the endowment are used to fund students as chosen by the Education Scholarship Committee
23From Modest Beginnings In 1991, there was one fellowship for $20,000In 2009, there were more than 400 recipients, and almost $400,000Total of 3,070 students, over $4.5 million over 19 years
25FABTECH ShowLeading trade show for welding and cutting, forming and fabricating, tubing and piping, and stamping and finishing.Partnership with Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association (FMA), and the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA).The expo showcases new products and technological advances, accompanied by an extensive array of AWS conferences, seminars, workshops, and Society meetings.
26Conferences & Seminars AWS Conferences and Seminars offer a wealth of practical guidance for welders, supervisors, technicians, engineers, and managers who oversee welding and allied processes.Thousands of welding professionals from across the globe attend AWS events to stay on the cutting edge of the industry, form new business relationships, problem-solve, share best practices, and find new procedures and processes that will improve their operations.
27Contact InformationThe essential membership organization for thewelding and joining industry.