Section News and Events

May 2016 Meeting

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CWI Seminar & Test - May 15-21, 2016

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7th Annual AWS Kansas Bowling Tournament - January 16, 2016

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October 2015 Meeting

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We will be hosting the Certified Welding Inspector Seminar and Test again in 2015

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2013-2014 Board Members

Kansas AWS District 16, Chapter 35
Greg Siepert   Jay Avery
Chairman 1st Vice Chairman
Phone: 620-202-1654 Phone: 620-474-9168
Fax: 620-728-8144  
Royce Altendorf   Dana Sloan
2nd Vice Chairman-Web Master   Secretary
royce.altendorf @
Phone: 316-648-9692   Phone: 316-213-0406
Fax: 866-728-5490    
Robert Simon   Diane Steadham
Treasurer   Past Chairman   diane_steadham @
Phone:  316-945-4768   Phone: 316-213-8280
    Fax: 620-229-9926
Tucker Beck   Gabby Sloan
Awards Chair   Student Liaison
620-200-6949   Phone: 620-669-7720

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