Section News and Events

October 2016 AWS President’s Meeting

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October 2016 Valleyfair Tour

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37th Annual Golf Outing

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Awards Banquet - April 22, 2016

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Behind the Mask Competition Results and Photos

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Section News and Events Archives

2015-2016 Board Members

Dana Sorensen

Section Chair

Email: dsorensen@mplso2.com
Phone: 612-396-5115
Current role: Sales Representative at Minneapolis Oxygen Company
Years in welding industry: 10
Years as a member of AWS: 5
Interests outside of work: I like my time with my wife Katie and our two young kids, Luke and Sydney. I also enjoy coaching hockey, staying active, golfing and working on projects around the house.

 

 

Thea Bunde

1st Vice Chair

Email: thea@tollgas.com
Phone: (612) 581-9889
Current role: Specialty Gas Account Manager at Toll Company
Years in welding industry: 16
Years as a member of AWS: 2
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.

 

 

Jessica Plaunt

2nd Vice Chair

Email: jessica.plaunt@gmail.com
Phone:
(262) 365-9072
Current role:
CWI / Quality Control Inspector at NuCrane
Years in welding industry: 5
Years as a member of AWS: 4
Interests outside of work: I am very happy to spend time around water with my two little dogs and go water skiing. I also enjoy snowboarding and salsa dancing.

 

 

Mace Harris

Section Treasurer

Email: macevh@aol.com
Phone: (612) 209-0939
Current role: Welding Consultant
Years in welding industry: 30+
Years as a member of AWS: 24
Interests outside of work: Spending time with family and friends. Hunting, golfing and many other outdoor activities.

 

 

Michael Reeser

Secretary

Email: mike.reeser@hotmail.com
Phone: (612) 381-8108
Current role: Dunwoody College, Minneapolis, MN 55403

 

 

Dave Lynnes

District Director

Email: dave@learntoweld.com
Phone: (701) 373-0658
Current role: Owner at Lynnes Welding Training

 

 

Board Member
Mike Carey
Element Materials Technology
Email: mike.carey@element.com
Phone: (651) 746-4079
Board Member
Pamela Lesemann
Oxygen Service Company
Email: pamlesemann@oxyserv.com
Phone: (612) 968-3135
Board Member
Mike Hanson
Consolidated Precision Products
Email: mikhan318@comcast.net
Phone: (763) 221-5951
Board Member
Bob Sands
Production Engineering Corp
Email: rsands1@hotmail.com
Phone: (612) 788-9123
 
Board Member
Jay Gerdin
Anoka Technical College
Email: jgerdin@hotmail.com
Phone: (651) 269-9191
 

AWS News and Events

FABTECH 2016

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 fabtechexpo.com - search for Educational Session W29
Contact rwma@aws.org 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.

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

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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.


Compilation

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


WOMEN IN WELDING

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