Section News and Events

Tour of Praxair Surface Technology - Thursday November 3rd, 2016 - Old Statesville Rd.

Tour of Praxair Surface Technology and BBQ Dinner -  Thursday November 3rd, 2016 at 5:30PM

October Section 140 Meeting Notice - Welding and Driving NASCAR Racing Cars

This talk covers NASCAR and NASCAR history to explain why the cars are fabricated the way they are today.

AWS Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) Seminar and Exam - August 2016

AWS Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) Seminar helps skilled and knowledgeable individuals to prepare for the AWS CWI exam.

39th Annual Golf Outing - AWS Charlotte Section

Charlotte Section 140 will sponsor the 39th annual golf outing at the Divide Golf Club in Mathews.  The event will take place on Thursday June 9th, 2016.

AWS Section 140 - 16th Annual Student Welding Competition - 2016

AWS Section 140 continues to support students with welding competition.  Competition includes community colleges from Distric 4 and has been sponsored by Section 140 for over 16 years.

Section News and Events Archives

2015-2016 Board Members

Robert Simpson
Rowan Cabarrus Community College
1333 Jake Alexander Blvd
Salisbury, NC 28145
P: (704) 216-3921
1st Vice Chair
Ray Sosko
Central Piedmont Community College
315 West Hebron St
Charlotte, NC 28273
P: (704) 330-4487
2nd Vice Chair
Brandon Hoffner
Rowan Cabarrus Community College
1333 Jake Alexander Blvd
Salisbury, NC 28145
P: (704) 239-7350
Greg Frederick
1300 WT Harris Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28262
P: (704) 595-2071
Gary Stiltner
SAS Global Corp
151 Grayrock Dr.
Statesville, NC 28677
P: (704) 517-0797

Date Updated: 6-2-16

AWS News and Events


Join us at FABTECH 2016 for the Emmet A. Craig Resistance Welding School held November 17 - 18. This two-day program offers participants a comprehensive overview of resistance welding, aided by actual demonstrations that encourage hands-on participation.

This school is the only one of its kind, taught by seasoned professionals from within the resistance welding industry.

  • Have some parts you want to discuss? Bring them!
  • Have some problems you want to brainstorm? Bring them!
  • Have associates who need to improve or further their knowledge of resistance welding? Bring them!

Register to attend at - search for Educational Session W29
Contact for more information

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