Section News and Events

AWS NW Section Awards Dinner Survey

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Chairman Notes

On behalf of our executive board and committee members I would like to inform our membership on some of our plans heading into the 2014-2015 year.

Chairmans Note

On behalf of the board members, I would like to welcome you to the Northwest Section

Tentative Schedule of Events for the 2013/ 2014 Year

We have a tentative schedule of planned events for the 2013/ 2014 calendar year. Dates and locations are not yet set so check our calendar often.

Certified Welding Inspector and Certified Welding Supervisor

The Northwest section of the American Welding Society will host 2 Certified Welding Inspector and 1 Certified Welding Supervisor seminar and exam in 2014.

Section News and Events Archives

2013-2014 Board Members

Dana Sorensen

Section Chair

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.


Doug Juhl

First Vice Chair

Phone: (952) 388-9764
Current role: Robotic Welding Sales Engineer at PRI Robotics Inc.
Years in welding industry: 44 years / 33 years in the robotic welding industry
Years as a member of AWS: 33 years, AWS D16 Robotics and Automation committee member
Interests outside of work: Genealogy, Computer Gaming, Fishing


Thea Bunde

Section Vice Chair

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

Third Vice Chair

(262) 365-9072
Current role:
Manufacturing Designer/CWI at NuCrane
Years in welding industry: 5
Years as a member of AWS: 4 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

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.


Anna Wald


Phone: (651) 462-4156
Current role: Quality Manager/CWI at Wyoming Machine Inc.
Years in welding industry: 25 years
Years as a member of AWS: 5 years
Interest outside of work: I love the outdoors! My husband and I spend many hours together in our small working/welding shop. Fran works with wood and I with metals. We have lots of interesting projects going on, including artistic welding. We have 5 children and 7 Grandchildren. Seems we are busy all the time.


Dave Lynnes

District Director

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


Board Member
Mike Carey
Element Materials Technology
Phone: (651) 746-4079
Board Member
Pamela Lesemann
Oxygen Service Company
Phone: (612) 968-3135
Board Member
Mike Hanson
Consolidated Precision Products
Phone: (763) 221-5951
Board Member
Bob Sands
Production Engineering Corp
Phone: (612) 788-9123
Board Member
Jay Gerdin
Anoka Technical College
Phone: (651) 269-9191

AWS News and Events

2015 AWS Seminar Schedule

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NWE Conference

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FABTECH 2014 Education Programming

The American Welding Society presents a comprehensive lineup of welding education during FABTECH. Led by the industry’s top professionals, programs focus on best practices and new commercial developments in welding and thermal spray. Events include conferences, seminars, RWMA Resistance Welding School, professional program, society events, and more. LEARN MORE

IBSC 2015

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Three scholarships for the 2014-15 school term that have not been awarded. Two of them, the John M. Stropki and James A. Turner, are unique in that they support nontraditional areas for the AWS Foundation: The Stropki Scholarship is for a student seeking a teaching degree in a STEM subject. The Turner Scholarship is for a student enrolled studying for a business degree. Applications are being accepted from anyone who is studying in these areas. APPLY NOW


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For the person interested in taking their welding career to the next level, SkillsUSA is an amazing asset. Their regional, state, and national competitions offer the chance to hone your skills while you compete against others. And more than that, each competition offers a scholarship to the winner. VIEW VIDEO


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