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Important Scholarship Reminders

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January 2017 Meeting Announcement

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[EVENT SUMMARY] October 2016 Meeting

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Students Blacksmith Night - May 17, 2016

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A nonprofit organization founded in 1919 to advance the science, technology and application of welding

Executive Committee Members
2015 – 2016
Revised October 1, 2015


Company Address



Thomas Ferri
First Past District Director
Trustee 2016

Phone: (508) 527-1884

Jeff Mannette
First Past Chairman

Industrial / Specialty Sales
Maine Oxy
47 Summer Str.
Milford, MA

David Paquin
Second Past Chairman


Robert Lavoie
First Vice Chairman

Lavoie Welding & Fabrication
PO Box 651
Plaistow, NH 03865
Cell (978) 423-1491

Rick Moody

Artisan Industries Inc.
44 Campanelli Parkway
Stoughton, MA 02072-3704
Tel (781) 893-6800 x263
Fax (781) 647-0143

Gary Hylan

Middlesex Gases & Technologies
292 Second Street
Everett, MA 02149

Tel 978-374-0141
Cell (617) 312-3898

Jim Shore
Education & Awards
Director 2016

Quality Lean Solutions
Cell (508) 726-0574

Neil Mansfield
Director 2016
SENSE & Student Affairs
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Assabet Valley Voc. H. S.
215 Fitchburg St.
Marlborough, MA 01752

Direct Line 508-263-9891
General Tel. 508-485-9430 X2891
Fax 508-485-5357

Laurie Jones
Director 2015
Annual Outing Chairman
Student Affairs

Turner Steel
128 North Main St
W. Bridgewater, MA 02379
Tel 1-800-521-8881
Carl Richardson
Director 2015

Jim Reid
Director 2016

Reid Consulting
24 Spring Lake Road
Shrewsbury, VT 05738
Tel: (802) 492-2202
Cell: (802) 558-6158
Fax: (802) 492-2202

Paul P. Plourde
Director 2015
Technical Librarian

Manchester Community College
1066 Front Street
Manchester, NH 03102
Tel: (603) 206-8043

Russ Norris
First Past District 1 Director


Tim Kinnaman
Rhode Island Section Liaison

TC Kinnaman Welding Solutions
Tel: (401) 323-0535

AWS News and Events

Forbes - Economy's Tragic Mismatch - July 26, 2016

It is a very insightful article that points out that the lack of skilled labor is the major problem facing our future needs by businesses in the US. A focus of the article is placed by Mr. Karlgaard on welders and the shortage of skilled welders needed for the future. It is very important that the focus on skills training and the skills trades are receiving coverage and exposure at this level.

As all of you know, it is a real effort we have at AWS and the AWS Foundation to focus more resources and scholarships for welding training. Articles such as this substantiate that our focus is on target for industry needs in the US.


Big Bend Community College Student Chapter Builds Battering Ram for Police Armored Vehicle


Welding Thunder 2016

The 5th annual WELDERS WITHOUT BORDERS: WELDING THUNDER TEAM FABRICATION COMPETITION will be held in Las Vegas this November as part of the 2016 FABTECH show. Thank you AWS District 21 for being this year’s sponsor. VIEW THE WELDING THUNDER 2016 PAGE

Welder Training Scholarships (US & Canada)

Welder Training Scholarships are available to AWS Districts to provide funds to students seeking welder training through a trade school, community college, or other facility providing welder training programs, such as Tulsa Welding School and Hobart Institute of Welding Technology; or for an AWS Certified Welder (CW) seminar.
    AWS Welder Training Scholarship Overview
    Welder Training Scholarship Application

Welder Finds Inspiration In Superheroes

When it comes to finding appreciation for the art of welding, David Landon doesn’t have to look any further than Hollywood. LEARN MORE

AWS Sections, please share this article originally posted on the front page of the Yankton Daily Press and Dakotan on your Facebook pages and with your friends and family.


Diversity in Welding: Welders in the Spotlight Videos

Learn about the inspiring stories of four welders in the welding community.


Sydnee Brey

Samuel Torres

Bobby Counts

Roman Weasel

AWS Weldlink

You can now create your free profile on WeldLink! This is the future of job searching, planning, and management for welders around the world. Sign up today and get started! REGISTER NOW


This video looks at just some of the exciting careers options available to women (and men) who decide to invest their time in the study of welding. VIEW VIDEO