Section News and Events

SAVE THE DATE: June 21st Chicken BBQ

More details coming soon! Stay tuned.

AWS Rochester Section High School Competition: May 5th, 2018

Our 2018 Competition was a great success! We had an attendance of about 50 people which consisted of students, instructors, school staff, industry representatives, family and friends, and members of the AWS board (Rochester Section). After a short introduction period, the students went right to work on the practical portion of the competition! Special thanks to our sponsors for their generosity and support who are as follows; American Steel and Aluminum, Arc + Flame Center, Gorbel Inc, Haun Welding Supply Inc, Healthcare Technologies Inc, Jackson Welding Supply, Lisk Inc, Mahany Welding Supply, WesLor Enterprises Inc, Wayne- Fingerlakes Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Lincoln Electric, and Esab Inc.

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AWS Competition:

Orbital Welding Presentation from Swagelok on April 24th, 2018

Our April Public Meeting featured a great talk and demonstration from Leamon Manley of Swagelok. Leamon provided a presentation on orbital welding and then provided hands-on demonstrations for 35 attendees.

Nucor Steel Trip on April 13th, 2018

Special thanks to Nucor Steel in Auburn, NY for providing a great plant tour and education session for our Rochester Section members! We'll send out a reminder email in the Fall, but save the date for November 16th, 2018. We'll be hosting another Nucor Steel School and tour on this day.


AWS Rochester Visits Paley Studios

Our Fall 2017 Meeting was a huge success! We had the privilege of touring the world renowned Paley Studios! Special thanks to Albert Paley for providing this opportunity and also Jennifer Laemlein, Paley Studios Director, for facilitating a great tour and helping to organize this event! 38 attendees spent an exciting evening visiting Paley Studios.


AWS June 15th Overview

Our June Chicken BBQ Meeting went great! We had over 35 attendees and presented the American Legion with these two amazing metal sculptures. Both sculptures were created by high school welding students from local BOCES. Thank you to everyone who helped make this year a big success! Stay tuned for our Fall meeting schedule.

AWS Rochester Section Education Award

Congratulations to our $1,000 Rochester Section Educational Award winner, Hayley Achter! Pictured here is Secretary Scott Lord with Hayley. Our ticket sales for events and fundraisers go toward scholarships and awards to deserving students just like Hayley. Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible!


March 28th Meeting Overview

Thank you to everyone who attended our March 28th meeting! We had the pleasure of hearing from our Student Liason and Spencerport BOCES instructor, Josh Padlick. In addition, we learned about SciAps and their x-ray and laser alloy identification equipment.

AWS Rochester Section Kicks Off 2017 Meeting

Our January 2017 Meeting was a huge success at Acro Industries! The Meeting featured 30 attendees for a 2-hour plant tour. Special thanks to Acro President, Bob Coyne, and our very own AWS Technical Representative, Rich Manginell. Here's to a great year for the AWS Rochester Section.

AWS President Visited Rochester Section

The AWS Rochester Section had the great pleasure of facilitating a morning and evening meeting with AWS President David L. McQuaid. David spoke on the topics of heat straightening and also field welding repairs.


March 28th, 2017 Public Meeting from 5:30pm-8:30pm
Located at American Legion on Middle Road. Cost is $13 member and $15 non-member.
Nucor Steel School/ Tour: April 21st, 2017 from 7:00am-3:00pm
Located at Nucor Steel: 25 Quarry Rd., Auburn, NY 13021
Space is limited! Must register with Scott Lord ASAP.
$50/person, lunch provided, 6-hours of class and 1.5-hour tour
June 6th, 2017 Public Meeting: Chicken BBQ from 5:30pm-8:30pm
Located at American Legion on Middle Road. Cost is $13 member and $15 non-member.

October 4th, 2016 Meeting: Fall Kick-Off Event

Thank you to all who attended our Fall Kick-Off Meeting last night! Special congratulations to our Fabtech Raffle Winner, Scott Combs! Pictured here is Vice Chairman Tom Capuano, Scott Combs and Treasurer Scott Lord.


The new meeting schedule will be available soon. Please check back for upcoming events.

Here's the lineup for our 2016 Board

Congratulations to our AWS Rochester Section Scholarship Winners! Pictured here alongside Chairman Kevin Adair is Mr. Aaron Buckland, winner of the $500 reward. In addition, $300 was awarded to Mr. Chris Seils and $100 to Mr. Ethan Hall.

AWS Rochester Section presented the American Legion in Henrietta a welded metal sculpture purchased at the Upcycle for Autism Fundraiser. Pictured here is AWS Educational Chairman Scott Lord, American Legion Manager Ralph Litzenberger and also AWS District Director Michael Krupnicki.

Upcycle for Autism was a fundraiser for AutismUp sponsored by our Rochester Section and local BOCES. The event raised $15,000 gross revenue for AutismUP and 6 Vocational Tech Centers (36+ districts) created 63 sculptures that were auctioned in June!

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.

2016/2017 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

Tom Capuano: Vice Chairman and Technical Represenative:
-Boss Precision LTD: Welding Supervisor/CWI

Scott Lord: Treasurer and Education Chairman:
-Weslor Enterprises Inc.: President

Matt Wolff: Secretary and Publicity Chairman:
-Arc + Flame Center: Operations Manager

Richard Manginell: Technical Representative:
-Acro Ind.: CWI

AWS News and Events

2018 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.


Women Weld Too

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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.
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