Section News and Events

36th Annual Golf Fundraiser [EVENT SUMMARY]

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District 15 Conference [EVENT SUMMARY]

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Careers in Welding Trailer – August 27-30, 2015

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2015 Golf Outing - June 9, 2015

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Section News and Events Archives

2015-2016 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.



Thea Bunde

1st 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

2nd Vice Chair

(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

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


Phone: (612) 381-8108
Current role: Dunwoody College, Minneapolis, MN 55403



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

CWI Pre-Seminar/Seminar Combo Promo

Today, AWS announces a new pilot program designed to not only help you get a head start on your CWI prep, but also save you money. LEARN MORE

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

Excellence in Welding Awards

The Excellence in Welding Awards (formerly Image of Welding Awards) are issued in nine categories. The awards recognize individuals and organizations that have shown exemplary dedication to promoting the image of welding in their communities. Nominations will be judged by WEMCO, a standing committee of AWS, which is composed of executives of welding industry suppliers to promote the welding equipment market. Enhancing the image of welding as a critical industry is among their priority programs. NOMINATE NOW

April 2015 is National Welding Month

2015 AWS President Dave Landon addresses AWS Sections about National Welding Month. VIEW VIDEO

2015 AWS President Dave Landon Talks WeldLink

WeldLink is the ultimate career planning and management system specifically designed to bring together individuals, businesses, and schools in the welding industry. Get a sneak peek at the new website. VIEW VIDEO

2015 AWS Seminar Schedule

Hot off the press! The 2015 AWS Seminar Schedule is now available. Look for one in your area and sign up today.


Visit the page! LEARN MORE


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