Section News and Events

December 2017 Meeting Announcement

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Valleyfair Tour - October 19, 2017

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September 2017 Meeting Announcement

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Register now for the 38th Annual Northwest Section golf event!

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2017-2018 Board Members

Thea Bunde

Section Chair

Phone: (612) 581-9889
Current role: Specialty Gas Account Manager at Toll Company
Years in welding industry: 19
Years as a member of AWS: 5
Interests outside of work: I enjoy cooking, watching my son play golf, spending time with family, traveling, and wine tasting at my family's vineyard.



Michael Carey

1st Vice Chair

Phone: 652-607-5467
Current role:AWS CWI and Welding Engineering Manager at NDI Consulting
Years in welding industry: 19
Years as a member of AWS: 9
Interests outside of work: It’s always great to spend time with my family, even better if it involves motorcycling and curvy roads!



Jay Gerdin

Section Treasurer

Current role:
Welding Instructor, Anoka Technical College
Years in welding industry:
Years as a member of AWS:
Interests outside of work: Welding Shows, Making Maple Syrup and Farming



Kelvin Jones

Section Secretary

Phone: 763-221-5796
Current role: CWI/NDT level II with NDI Consultants
Years in welding industry: 9
Years as a member of AWS: 9
Interests outside of work: I enjoy the outdoors, camping and hunting, motorcycling, and working on projects in my shop and around the house.



Mike Hanson

Certification Chair

Email: Mikhan318@comcast .net
Phone: 763-221-5951
Current role: Fabrication & Maintenance Supervisor at CPP Minneapolis
Years in welding industry: 40
Years as a member of AWS: 21
Interests outside of work: I enjoy golf, traveling and especially spending time with my family.



Dave Lynnes

District Director

Phone: (701) 373-0658
Current role: Owner at Lynnes Welding Training



  Board Member
Pamela Lesemann
Oxygen Service Company
Phone: (612) 968-3135
Board Member
Mace Harris
Welding Consultant
Phone: (612) 209-0939
Board Member
Bob Sands
Production Engineering Corp
Phone: (612) 788-9123
Board Member
Scott Studaker
Minneapolis Oxygen Company
Phone: (612) 221-3474

AWS News and Events

2017 AWS Conferences

Quality educational materials – and welding conferences in particular – are just one way your membership serves you. By presenting the latest technology, cutting-edge topics, and industry experts, AWS puts the key to industry expertise and advancement in its members’ hands. Rely on AWS to bring you the highest quality conferences in the welding industry.

  • FABTECH - Thermal Spray Coating
    November 6, 2017 / Chicago, Ilinois
  • This group will discuss most aspects of thermal spray coatings including thermal spray processes, equipment, pre and post treatment, applications, and industry usage. Processes covered will include flame spray (powder, wire, and rod), detonation spray, high velocity oxy/fuel spray (HVOF), cold spray, plasma spray, and twin wire electric arc spray.

  • FABTECH - RWMA Resistance Welding School
    November 7-8, 2017 / Chicago, Ilinois
  • RWMA offers this intensive two-day course about the basics of resistance welding once a year. The school is designed to give operators, production supervisors, engineers, and others the opportunity to study, better understand, and further their knowledge in the theory, applications, and equipment used in the resistance welding process.


2017-18 Upcoming CWI Seminar/Exam


2017 District Conferences – Staff Report

  • Overall, when compared to the welding industry, the American Welding Society had a reasonably good year in 2016. We want to thank our Volunteers and Staff for their devoted efforts in making AWS successful.



Welder Training Scholarships

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

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