When it comes to the welding industry, reports commonly cite outdated statistics or inaccurate information. To be the industry leader in statistical data, the AWS Foundation launched Welding Workforce Data, a website dedicated to sharing accurate welding workforce statistics and projections.
Today I am chatting with Gary Konarska Executive Director and CEO of the American Welding society. Gary is such a cool guy, down to earth and has a really cool story of how welding has provided him a great career. We talk about his welding journey, automation, sub arc welding, overseas travel and the current state of the industry.
Life is full of unexpected turns. For Sarah Stork, moving to a farm in Georgetown, Tex., proved to be the catalyst that launched her career as a metal artist.
Exploring In-Demand Welding Careers
Topics covered during this on demand webinar include an overview of the many welding careers available and how you can get started in welding! Learn about scholarships and certifications available through the American Welding Society.
Social Media and Welding Panel Discussion
Tune in as panelists Barbie The Welder, Nate Bowman and AWS’ Stephanie Hoffman share with moderator Jason Becker B.S.C.M, CWI/CWE how they have used social media to advance their careers and elevate the perception of welding in the digital community.
Learn what an American Welding Society Certified Welder (CW) is and how being certified is crucial to the structure of modern life.
High school welding apprentices at John Deere’s Davenport, Iowa, and Moline, Illinois, facilities got a surprise this summer. In addition to learning pulse welding, laying the perfect bead, and mastering weld sizes, Deere required their apprentices to take a communications course through a partnership with Iowa State University’s (ISU) English Department.
Welding school is ready to begin, and we want you to succeed! Here's a fresh set of tips and advice to make the most out of your welding education and future career.
ARCademy: Weld Joints
In this video common weld joints and the positions in which they can be welded are discussed. Learn about the t-joint, lap joint, butt joint, edge joint, and corner joint and the different positions, which are classified by an AWS number!
Metal Shop Masters
With the recent premiere of the Metal Shop Masters series on Netflix , welding and cutting will become the focus of mainstream entertainment! To judge the competition, the show’s producers tapped AWS’s own Stephanie Hoffman, Program Manager of Workforce Development at AWS!
Welding class starting soon? Here's a look at a few welding tools you might need.
Manufacturing Day is right around the corner and we are hosting a virtual event focused on welding careers!
Checkout this recent throwback film covering AC welding from General Electric
Burning Questions – How Did You Get Started in Welding?
There are many ways to begin a career in welding. Experienced welders Jason, Zach, Stephanie, and Jonathon share how they got their starts.
Welder in the Spotlight: Sydnee Brey
Sydnee Brey is a welding student at Lynnes Welding & Training in North Dakota. She says she got into welding after deciding to take a class on a whim during high school. Since then she's been hooked. Now she has dreams of traveling the world working on different welding projects and doing what she loves.
Welding is an excellent career choice that often can lead to opportunities that go far beyond the weld. In fact, you may want to consider a career in weld inspection or non-destructive testing and examination
For working parents looking to change careers, welding offers quick training, excellent earning potential, a variety of work schedules and more.
In this episode it’s all about getting involved with your local AWS sections! Today we discuss how and why you should start attending section meetings if you haven’t done so already.
AWS ARCAdemy: Welding PPE & Safety
AWS ARCademy is the go-to resource for those interested in taking the steps to educate themselves towards a welding career. In today’s video Stephanie and Joe discuss recommended PPE for any welding and cutting processes.
DIY Welding Project: Laptop Table
Stephanie and Brylee back with another fun DIY project. Tune in to watch how they create a laptop table!
Rich Little, a welding engineer at United Launch Alliance, discusses essential skills that incoming welders should posses when entering the workforce, and the unique welding processes often utilized within the aerospace industry.
The AWS Foundation's Careers in Welding Mobile Exhibit is gearing up to hit the road for its 2021 tour. Since 2011, the Careers in Welding Trailer has been a driving force for welding education and career development. Check out the planned stops for 2021!
Welding isn’t just for building things – it can be used to make beautiful art. These metal sculptures will change the way you look at welding.
Welding Engineer Spotlight: Andrea Peer
Andrea Peer who works for Ford Motor Company discusses what students should know if they want to have a career in welding and her insight into the importance of a membership with the American Welding Society.
DIY Welding Project: Scrap Cart
Stephanie and Brylee back with another fun DIY project. Tune in to watch how they create a scrap cart!
In this vintage throwback film from General Electric, a unique welding process known as Atomic Hydrogen Arc Welding is demonstrated and explained throughout- enjoy!
Listen into this months episode of Weld Wednesday as e discuss how you can put your Military Benefits to work for you when it comes to welding
Ryan Nierop is a prominent rig welder and ticketed pressure welder in Vancouver, British Columbia. Check out this recent interview about Ryan's career path and his day-to-day work.
AWS Certified: CWE
Nate Bowman (@weldscientist) talks about one of the most important and most underestimated of the credentials, CWE. He discusses how you can make an impact on the welding industry for years to come.
DIY Welding Project: Dumbbell Rack
Stephanie Hoffman is back with another fun DIY project. Tune in to watch how she creates a dumbbell rack and then take things into your own hands and create your own!
If you’re looking to start a new, high-paying career quickly, welding may be the perfect path. Learn the steps for getting a job in about a year.
Four student teams from four states compete in one identical advanced manufacturing challenge to see who welds, programs and machines their way to the title of Project MFG National Champion.
Welding class starting soon? Here's a look at PPE you might need for class
What It’s Like to Be a Welder – Episode 4: Stephanie
For Stephanie Hoffman, welding isn’t just a job – it’s part of her identity. Learn how welding has allowed her to pursue her artistic passion and find a career she loves.
DIY Welding Activity for Mini-Welders:
Stephanie Hoffman of the AWS Foundation has teamed up with her daughter to encourage the next generation of welders to weld and create. In this episode Brylee and Stephanie create a birdhouse.
Engineering can be an exciting career path. You get to combine science and creativity to solve problems and build important things. You could have the opportunity to travel for different projects. And you can make an excellent living doing it.
Learn how welding plays a critical role in many of today’s scientific and technological advancements.
With April being National Welding Month, what better way to generate a little bit pride and excitement around welding by showcasing tradesmen & tradeswomen who have found a wonderful career in welding!
What It’s Like to Be a Welder – Episode 2: Tony
The first time Tony Bilski tried welding, it changed his life forever. Now he runs his own fabrication company and has been hired for projects across the country.
How Jake Found His Perfect Job in Welding
When Jake Ross retired from the military, he wanted a career that would allow him to gain new skills and offer opportunities for advancement. After becoming a welder and learning about robotics, he worked his way up to become a sales manager.
Flottmann creates some of the most shared and impressive GTAW art on social media today. As a true role model, he shows us all that if you have a passion and a desire to do something, you can always find the time.
If you're a student, or an educator, you must listen to this Arc Junkies Podcast with host Jason Becker and John Douglass, from the AWS Foundation on all things related to scholarships and grants. We also hear from Shane Goslin, a past recipient of an AWS National and District Scholarship.
In this episode, Chloe Hudson also known as @ArcWeldingAngel on Instagram had a different plan in high school for her future but ended up in the welding industry instead. She was in Nuclear Plant welding for 10 years before settling down into a company that does aerospace and NASCAR welding.
Arc 2 Art: Episode 4 - It's All In The Details
Check out Stephanie's progress with the welding hood, side panels and the AWS code book for this installment of the Arc 2 Art project based on Lady Liberty herself.
Be sure to follow the project at https://aws.org/arc2art
Pennsylvania College of Technology Students fabricate a "Living Chapel"
Pennsylvania College of Technology welding faculty and students spent over 3,500 total hours fabricating an aluminum structure unveiled recently at the Botanical Garden of Rome. To read more about the Living Chapel project, view the full article here.
Have you ever thought about getting into welding? It’s not your typical job – and we mean that in a good way. It’s a career that can allow you to make a great living that also fits with many different personal interests.
We are joined by Darrill Gashler who is the Senior Manager of Sections and Student Chapters with the AWS, Cindy Galbavy and her Student Byren Stoner from the Helana High School Student Section in Helana Montana and Lyle Palm the Chief Academics Officer at Workshops for Warriors. In this episode we are talking all about AWS Student Sections and how and why you should get involved.
The American Welding Society Foundation awarded more than $1.6 million in scholarships in 2020! Here is some advice on how to make your application the best possible.
Why you should become a Welder
If you like to work with your hands and are seeking a unique sense of community, then welding may be for you. It’s both an art and a science. From basic fabrication to advanced robotics, welding offers a variety of unique career opportunities!
Arc 2 Art: Episode 3
In this installment of the Arc 2 Art project, Barbie The Welder explains how she had to adapt her original design due to unforeseen challenges. Visit aws.org/arc2art to learn more about the build and welding artists, “Barbie the Welder” and Stephanie Hoffman.
Welding can be a career you can start within a year of graduating. Learn what welders do, how much they make, and how to get trained.
In this episode of Weld Wednesday with AWS, I am talking to Erich Posdzich Owner and Operator of BDB Fabrication and Monica Pfarr Executive Director, AWS Foundation. We discuss how you can put your Military Benefits to work for you when it comes to welding.
Just like in the corporate world, ambitious welders can gain experience to bolster their resume, build specialty skills and obtain more senior-level roles. Let’s look at the ways you can climb the ladder in the welding field.
Arc 2 Art: Episode 5 - Why Perspective Matters
Welds, sweat and tears - all for the love of Arc2Art! In this episode, @Barbie The Welder shares an unexpected turn of events and how perspective played a pivotal role in producing the new and improved body of our Lady Liberty sculpture. Check it out!
Arc 2 Art: Episode 2 - It All Starts With The Foundation
In this installment of the Arc 2 Art project, Stephanie Hoffman discusses the challenges she faced as she began working on the base for the metal sculpture based on Lady Liberty 🗽. Visit aws.org/arc2art to learn more about the build and welding artists, “Barbie the Welder” and Stephanie Hoffman.
If you already know how to weld but want a career that offers you unique opportunities, different challenges or more money, then you can add to your skills by going to college for a four-year degree related to the welding field.
When it’s time to return to civilian life, the key is finding a way to transfer those skills into a successful career. One field that is popular among veterans is welding.
Nate Bowman is a CWI, CWE and CWS. Today we talk about the process of becoming a Certified Welding Supervisor and some of the advantages of becoming a CWS as well as some of the benefits for employers to hire a CWS.
How to Find a Fulfilling Career in Welding Episode 2: Akbar
Akbar Millender’s competitive spirit has helped him climb the ladder at his manufacturing company – from a grinder out of high school to his current role as an operations manager.
Arc 2 Art: The Coalescence of Welding and Creativity
Experience the journey of two female welding and metal fabricating artists as they collaborate from a distance on one single piece of welded artwork. “Arc 2 Art,” a new project produced by the American Welding Society. Visit aws.org/arc2art to learn more about the build and welding artists, “Barbie the Welder” and Stephanie Hoffman.
Deciding which way to begin a career in welding depends on how quickly you want to start working and your long-term goals.
Learn how to use your military education benefits to pay for a welding training program at a technical school or community college
Whether you want to travel across the country or around the world, a career in welding comes with amazing opportunities.
New Episode: How Jonathan found his perfect job in the Welding Industry
Jonathan Meyer went to art school but after being introduced to welding, he changed his career path. Since then has worked many jobs that are both personally and financially rewarding. He also uses his metalworking skills to create unique art.
Watch: What It's like to be a Welder- Jason Hammer
Jason Hammer of Rhodes Industries shares how welding can be a great career choice for anyone and what it is like to be working in the maritime industry as a welder.
With a career in welding, you could make $100,000 a year or more – without being stuck in a cubicle. Learn about high-paying welding jobs.
Zach Taylor of Exit 74 Fabrication shares how welding helped him achieve his dream of being his own boss.
Whether you like cutting-edge technology, motorsports, art or just have a sense of adventure, there’s a perfect job for you in welding
If your child is considering a career in welding, have a look at this informative guide that provides key information and insight to the many careers and opportunities available.
If college isn’t what you expected or it’s becoming too expensive, a career in welding could a good alternative path. Learn how to become a welder.
Welders are in higher demand than ever. Learn how gaining the right skills can lead to a lucrative, fulfilling and stable career.
DIY welding activity for mini-welders: Diamond shelf
Stephanie Hoffman of the AWS Foundation has teamed up with her daughter to encourage the next generation of welders to weld and create. In this episode Brylee and Stephanie fabricate and weld a diamond shelf. Check out the video above
How Anthony Found His Perfect Job in the Welding Industry
As a third-generation welder, Anthony Gates Mafra learned how to work with metal from his father. His career has allowed him to see different parts of the world, and now is helping him settle down to raise his own family.