Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

All About AWS Endorsements

Here at the American Welding Society (AWS) we often get questions about supplemental credentials called endorsements. With that in mind, we’ve put together the following list of questions and answers to help shed light on the nature, purpose, and value...

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

WCTC Launches First-of-Its-Kind Welding and Fabrication Apprenticeship Program

Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) in southeastern Wisconsin is making education history. The college is the very first to launch a comprehensive welding and metal fabrication apprenticeship program. Unlike other apprenticeship programs, this one offers hands-on learning for both welding...

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Mark Your Calendars for Manufacturing Day

Oct. 7th marks the fifth annual Manufacturing Day, where thousands of people around the world meet to share information about the manufacturing industry. Manufacturing Day provides an opportunity for industry leaders and professionals to address the skilled labor shortage, showcase...

Friday, September 9th, 2016

John Lopez, the Metal Sculpting Cowboy

Metal sculptor John Lopez is a product of his upbringing along the Grand River in Lemmon, South Dakota. This is the same place where Sitting Bull was born and later died, and where thousands of buffalo roamed free before the...

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Five Tips for Preventing Welding Fires

On Aug. 23, at 11:30 a.m., black smoke filled the morning sky above Knoxville, Tennessee. A worker at Keisler Automation was welding a vehicle component when the part caught fire. Within seconds, the fire also spread to nearby garages, destroying...

Friday, August 26th, 2016

An Unconventional Journey in Welding

Not many 21st century youths dream of becoming blacksmiths, but Eric Brownstein did. Even less likely was his return to dreaming of metalwork after he received his Bachelor’s in Psychology from Wheaton College in 2009. However, Eric has never led...

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

August 2016 Newsletter

What Does the Trans Pacific Partnership Mean for Manufacturing? Pt.1 How to Become a CWI The first installment of this two-part blog examines the proposed TPP agreement in light of previous free trade legislation. What Does the Trans Pacific Partnership Mean...

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Post Weld Heat Treatment Effects On SMSS Deposit Mechanical Properties

Post Weld Heat Treatment Effects On SMSS Deposit Mechanical Properties

Friday, August 19th, 2016

July 2016 Newsletter

AWS Releases Two New Online Welding Courses Welding Fundamentals II and Metallurgy II are now available. Like all AWS courses, they feature engaging multimedia content designed to facilitate learning. Ford Puts Aluminum in the Front Seat Ford is capitalizing on...

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

There’s a New Rodeo in Town

The word rodeo usually invokes scenes of cowboys roping steer and riding wild bulls in front of a cheering crowd. However, for a growing number of people, the word rodeo conjures up images of welders going toe-to-toe in a contest...

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Development of a Tri-Mode Heating Method for Microwave Joining



Thursday, August 11th, 2016

Manufacturing Apprenticeships Increase Profits, Productivity, and Employment

Current Employment Challenges With presidential nominees unveiling economic plans, American voters are thinking about job security. Many are asking themselves, “Will my job be relevant in five to ten years?” and “Will my children be entering a job market full...

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Welding Education in Correctional Facilities: Spurring Positive Change

Correctional facilities are tasked with rehabilitating inmates and preparing them for successful reentry into society. Rehabilitation can come in many forms, including drug treatment programs, behavioral therapy, family reunification, religious services, and access to education and vocational training. Of course,...

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Welding Flaws Lead to SEPTA Crisis

By July 3rd, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) had to remove 115 out of 120 of its newest Silverliner V cars due to a welding flaw that led to fatigue cracks. SEPTA is the major transit provider for Philadelphia,...

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

What Does the Trans Pacific Partnership Mean for Manufacturing? Pt.2

In our last blog entry, we examined some of the promises made in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) informed by the opinions of scholars and economists. A survey of free trade legislation since the Bretton Woods conference at the end...

Friday, July 15th, 2016

What Does the Trans Pacific Partnership Mean for Manufacturing? Pt.1

Given the vast reach of the welding profession in industries as varied as auto manufacturing, construction, jewelry, and aerospace, welding professionals will have much to gain or lose in the passage of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) — depending on...

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Ford Puts Aluminum in the Front Seat

For more than 100 years, steel has been the go-to material for the automobile industry. In recent years, however, the industry’s love affair with the iron-carbon alloy has begun to wane. In fact, many automobile giants are putting steel in...

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Welding: The Driving Force of the Economy

The industries that use welding to manufacture their products are the driving force of a modern economy. They are largely responsible for the infrastructure, capital goods, and commercial products that sustain a relatively high standard of living for billions of...

Monday, June 27th, 2016

June 2016 Newsletter

Welding Helps Farmers Grow More than Crops Welding skills can be a very profitable part of your business, even if that business is not welding. Summer Camps Introduce Girls to Welding Teachers and industry leaders join forces to create summer...

Monday, June 27th, 2016

May 2016 Newsletter

Four Strategies for Improving Welding Education Instructor Doug Thompson shares four proven strategies for helping students acquire the knowledge and skills they need to stand out in the job market. Virtual Reality is Revolutionizing Welding Education Virtual reality is making its...