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This is AWS American Welding Society. a visit with the world’s premier organization dedicated to welding and allied joining processes. AWS: Beginning at the Beginning. Welding gives outstanding performance in readying WWI war and transport ships for U.S. Emergency Fleet Corp.

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This is AWSAmerican Welding Society

a visit with the world’s premier organization dedicated to welding and allied joining processes


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AWS: Beginning at the Beginning

  • Welding gives outstanding performance in readying WWI war and transport ships for U.S. Emergency Fleet Corp.

  • Post war sees merging of Emergency Fleet Corp. and Nat’l Welding Council into new society

  • Its research arm evolves into today’s Welding Research Council


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A Rose by Any Other Name

  • Society’s publication is titled the Welding Journal in 1940

  • Welding Journal offers peer review, feature articles, late-breaking news, book and product reviews, and advertising on cutting edge products

  • Its 60+ awards include the Editorial Excellence Award from Folio magazine


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Strength Through Sections

  • First Section was Philadelphia, chartered in May 27, 1920

  • Today, there are 22 Districts housing over 170 Sections including 19 overseas:

Manama, Bahrain; Regensburg, Germany; Kingston, Jamaica; Manchester, England; Panama City, Panama; Lima, Peru; Helsingor, Denmark; Taipei, Taiwan; Port of Spain, Trinidad; Caracas, Venezuela; TelAviv, Israel; and Chennai, India


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The AWS Welding Show

  • The AWS Welding attracts thousands of professionals from all over the world , along with the Who’s Who of sister associations staging their special events from this annual AWS gathering which has assumed truly global status

  • The AWS Welding Show is the only annual Vertical Market Welding Exposition in the United States


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Bulletin No. 1

  • From inception, AWS was organized into committees for writing standards

  • Its first standard, “Standard Tests for Welds” was Bulletin No. 1 (1921)

  • Today, AWS has more than 170 ANSI-approved documents at some point in their standards cycle, requiring the know-how & work of 1,500 volunteers


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Consensus Building

AWS’ unique value to industry is that it is an unbiased forum for the exchange, consideration and discussion of ideas and proposals


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The Flagship Standard

  • D1.1 has had a 74-yr evolution, keeping pace with the design, inspection and workmanship requirements for safe, modern structures

  • D1.1:2002 Now Available


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Fabricators Discover D1

  • A comparison between 1986 users of D1.1 Structural Welding Code—Steel and 1996 users, showed a 25% increase in use by fabricators — a growing trend among the QA/QC minded

  • Sister standard, D1.2-97 Structural Welding Code — Aluminum has been revised

  • All AWS standards are integrating SI and U.S. Customary measurements


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If You’re Good Enough Part 1

  • AWS certification program launched in 1976 with Certified Welding Inspector

  • 36,000 professionals worldwide have been certified to AWS QC1 Standard for AWS Certification of Welding Inspectors

  • Reciprocity exists between U.S. and select programs of other countries

  • Certified members receive Inspection Trends magazine


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You’re Good Enough Part 2

  • AWS Welding Engineer

  • Senior CWI

  • Customized welder certification


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The Soul of the Profession

  • Welding for Communities - AWS’ national public service campaign launched 5 years ago

  • Wins recognition from American Society of Ass’n Executives in 1997

April 6-12, 2003


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To Recognize Excellence

AWS Extraordinary Welding Awards

  • Historical Welded Structures

  • Outstanding Development in Welded Fabrication


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To Recognize Excellence

  • Recent Historical Welded Structures and Outstanding Development in Welded Fabrication Award Recipients include

    • The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    • USS Cavalla

    • The Pentagon

    • Trans-Alaska Pipeline System

    • USS Wisconsin

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame


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AWS Online

  • 50,000 user sessions monthly on http://www.aws.org

  • Search back issues of Welding Journal

  • AWS JobFind

  • Buy at the E-Store

  • Secured electronic transactions

  • Free hyperlinks for Sustaining Members

  • Free Section website service

  • Online Buyer’s Guide




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The Intangible

  • Membership means “I’m professional”

  • I’m one of the nearly 50,000 engineers, educators, researchers, welders, inspectors, execs, and sales associates from all over the world who’ve joined AWS

  • My society is the largest organization in the world dedicated to the science and technology of welding


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The mission of the American Welding Society is to provide quality products and services to our members and the industry, which will advance the science, technology and application of materials-joining throughout the world.

“Thank you”


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