Section News and Events

Next Meeting: June 9th, 2016 at the American Legion in Henrietta, NY. Save the date! Click here to view the event details.

Special thanks to all of those who attended our March 2016 Meeting that featured an "Ask the Specialists" event. Pictured above is Chairman Kevin Adair presenting an award to Derek VanHouten for his Lifetime Membership and also Jeff Deuel for 25 Years of Membership and 2013 CWI of the Year Award.

Special thanks to Guy Hughson and Lance Werth of SPX Flow for providing a great tour on January 12th, 2016! Pictured here is AWS Chairman, Kevin Adair, presenting Guy and Lance with a certificate of appreciation.

The AWS Rochester Section hosted another successful meeting to start off the new year!

Our November 2015 meeting was a huge success! Special thanks to guest speaker Jim Brognano and all those who attended the meeting. Our NEXT MEETING will take place January 12th, 2016 at 5:30pm at 260 Middle Road, Henrietta, NY.

Great Success for First 2015 Meeting!

Thank you to all who attended our October 13th Meeting! We had over 70 attendees consisting of students, educators, welders, machinists, engineers, distributors and business owners. To see photos from the event, click here.

2015 Executive Board Members:

The following are chairpersons for the AWS Rochester Section:

Kevin Adair: Board Chairman and Certification Chairman:

-Independent Quality Services: Owner
-Arc + Flame Center: Welding Director

Scott Lord: Education Chairman:

-Weslor Enterprises Inc.: President

Ron Allen: Secretary:

-Rochester Local 13: Fitter/Welder

Tom Capuano: Technical Representative:

-Boss Precision LTD: Welding Supervisor/CWI

Richard Manginell: Technical Representative:

-Acro Ind.: CWI

Filipe Rocha: Student Liaison:

-WEMOCO (Monroe2 BOCES): Welding Teacher

Matt Wolff: Publicity Chairman:

-Arc + Flame Center: Operations Manager

Chuck Gerling: Treasurer:

-Pfaudler Inc.: Q.C Inspector

Kate Cosden: Awards Chairperson:

-Arc + Flame Center: Welding Instructor

AWS News and Events

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

#ThisIsMyWeld Contest for National Welding Month

AWS followers can upload pictures directly to the contest page through Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter using the hashtag #ThisIsMyWeld and tagging AWS. Followers of all three channels can then vote on their favorite photo. The contest page will aggregate all the photos and use a voting system. The top three voted photos at the end of the month will win a prize. First place: Lincoln Helmet, 2nd place: Welding Handbook, 3rd place: Metallurgy Book from the AWS bookstore. VIEW THE CONTEST PAGE

April 2016 is National Welding Month

2016 AWS President David L. McQuaid addresses AWS Sections about National Welding Month. VIEW VIDEO

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

2016 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.  VIEW UPCOMING SCHEDULE

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.


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


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