Section News and Events


Join us for the Fall Kick-Off Meeting! RSVP to "". Cost for AWS members is $10 and $12 for non-members.


Our next public meeting will take place at the American Legion in Henrietta on 10/4 at 5:30pm.
Details and meeting agenda coming soon!
All are welcome to attend. Dinner cost is $10 AWS members and $12 for non-members.
PLEASE RSVP your attendance to by September 30th.


Win a trip to Fabtech. Includes two nights at a hotel and airfare for Fabtech 2016 November 16-18, 2016: Las Vegas, NV

Also includes $200 spending money and a cocktail party with the President of AWS. Winner to be announced October 4th, 2016.


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

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.


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.

  • Lasers Conference
    August 29-30, 2016 / San Francisco, California
    Register by August 9th and save $100 on Early Bird Registration


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

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.


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