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[EVENT SUMMARY] October 2016 Meeting

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September 2016 Meeting [EVENT SUMMARY]

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Sep. 2016, Brookfield Zoo, [EVENT SUMMARY]

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July 2016 Board Meeting [EVENT SUMMARY]

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Vote on the AWS Chicago Section Committee Bylaws

AWS Chicago Section Members are encouraged to participate in their section.  The Chicago Section Committee asks that you review and vote on our sections’ committee’s bylaws. There will be a link to survey monkey where you can complete voting there.

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2013-2014 Board Members

Chairman - Eric Krauss
1st Vice - Erik Purkey
2nd Vice - TBA
Treasurer - Marty Vondra
Secretary - Lisa Moran
Publicity - Cliff Iftimie

Upcoming AWS Events Near This Section

Register today and prep with the best.

August 3 – 8, 2014 – Chicago, IL
Certified Welding Inspector Seminar & Exam
Four Points by Sheraton – Chicago O’Hare
10249 West Irving Park Road
Schiller, IL 60176
Hotel Phone: (817) 671-6000

The AWS Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) Seminar helps skilled, knowledgeable welders prepare for the AWS CWI exam. Seasoned instructors will teach you the material you need to know, train you to use and understand the latest technical standards, and provide tips to help you do well on the exam.

With national and international recognition in the welding industry, the CWI certification has been the benchmark companies rely on to ensure the highest level of workmanship.

Don’t let this opportunity pass you by; sign up and benefit from this chance to advance your career!


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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
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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