AWS Instructor’s Institute 2023

July 23-28, 2023

Miami, FL

* Deadline for District Directors to Submit a Nominee for the 2023 Program is June 24th

AWS Headquarters
8669 NW 36 Street
Miami, FL 33166

AWS Contact
Martica Ventura
Senior Manager, Conferences, Competitions & Events

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The AWS Instructors Institute provides welding instructors an opportunity to enhance and strengthen their teaching skills, experience hands-on learning of new teaching techniques, and learn more about AWS programs such as SENSE.

Meeting together with other instructors, the participants will be able to communicate and share their experiences in a setting that is devoted to their specific concerns. Each year, a welding instructor is selected at each of the 22 District Conferences to attend the institute, held at AWS HQ in Doral (Miami), Florida.

We have planned evening activities Sunday, Monday and Thursday evenings. You are more than welcome to bring a spouse or guest to these events but there is a minimal fee for the guest. Tuesday and Wednesday evenings are open.

Travel Arrangements


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Please arrange the best fare possible for your travel.

Transportation from Miami International Airport to Hotel:

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Once you have made your travel arrangements, please forward a copy of your airfare receipt to Martica Ventura at

Provided that this receipt is received by us at least three (3) weeks prior to the institute’s start date, a refund check will be issued and mailed/delivered to you prior to the conclusion of the event. Baggage fees will not be reimbursed by AWS.



Miami Lakes Educational Center and Technical College (MLEC&TC)

Miami Lakes Educational Center and Technical College (MLEC&TC) is one of seven accredited technical colleges in the Miami-Dade School District. MLEC&TC was initially established as Miami Lakes Educational Center in 1976 and over the years, has evolved to meeting the needs of the changing community. In 2006 the center began offering a secondary high school component. This innovative, dual delivery educational institution is designed to serve various aspects of the community and to provide a unique approach to education. The school prides itself as an organization driven by its mission: Miami Lakes Educational Center and Technical College is to create a highly qualified future workforce by offering state-of-the-art academic, career and technical education to all generations within our community.

MLEC&TC encompasses a fully accredited technical college offering a wide variety of programs including licensed practical nursing, medical assisting, patient care technician, cosmetology, a culinary art, heavy equipment operator, A/C & refrigeration, major appliance repair, truck driving, diesel mechanic, electronics technology, automotive, IT, and more. Programs vary in length from one to four trimesters, and all lead to industry certifications. Various forms of federal, state, and local financial aid are available to those who qualify. Most importantly, students graduate debt-free. For more information call 305-558-8000 or log on to

Miami Lakes Education Center


The Intercontinental
2505 NW 87th Avenue
Miami FL 33172


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AWS will cover only the days of the Instructors Institute. Please make your hotel reservations based on the information you supply on the Attendance Form. Any days before or after the Instructor’s Institute will be the responsibility of the attendee.

Also, AWS will only cover Room and Tax only. You will need to provide a credit card of incidentals. If you have any special requests (Non-smoking room, etc.) please contact us so that we may ask the hotel to accommodate your requests.

Check-in at the hotel begins at 4:00pm.

Hotel Amenities

The hotel has several amenities; some outdoor pool, the Armillary Grill, the Armillary Bar and Lounge, a business center, and a gift shop. For a full list of the hotel’s amenities, click here.

Weather in Miami

The weather in Miami during July is hot, with temperatures in the mid to upper-90’s. High humidity can make this temperature feel even warmer. However, rain showers during the afternoon tend to cool things down.

What to Wear During the Day…

Our schedule includes classroom time and time in our welding laboratory. Please bring your own personal protective equipment including welding helmet, welding jacket or protective sleeves, welding gloves, overalls or working clothes and high top boots. If you use prescription safety glasses or welding helmet lenses, bring those. You do not have to bring any tools such as brushes or chipping hammers.

In the Evening…

The evening events will be casual and you will have time to return to the hotel to change after the day’s activities.



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With the products developed and provided by our company it allows the opportunity for welders of any skill level, to focus and practice on increasing their welding skills. Our projects are precision laser cut for exceptional quality, dimensional accuracy, and perfect joint fit-up and alignment giving you the perfect opportunity to practice various joint designs, configurations, and positions all combined on a single project that arrives at your doorstep.

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