Life Under the Hood

  • 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!

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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.


The Making of a Welding Artist

  • 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.

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Weld Wednesday with John Douglass

  • 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.

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Q&A with Rig Welder Ryan Nierop

  • 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.

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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.

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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


Weld Wednesday: AWS Student Sections

  • 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.

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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 to learn more about the build and welding artists, “Barbie the Welder” and Stephanie Hoffman. 


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.


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 to learn more about the build and welding artists, “Barbie the Welder” and Stephanie Hoffman. 


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 to learn more about the build and welding artists, “Barbie the Welder” and Stephanie Hoffman. 


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.  


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.