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Welding is a Foundation of Manufacturing

National Welding Month is a time to recognize this important manufacturing fabrication process and broaden the reach of the welding community. Learn about metal fabrication career opportunities, education options and relevant resources specific to the welding industry.

How Did You Get Started in Welding?

There are many ways to begin a career in welding. Experienced welders Tony Bielski and Zach Taylor share how they got their start in welding and how this exciting trade has led to a prosperous career.


Meeting Demand for Skilled Welders Requires New Training Solutions

Demand for welders is on the rise. The U.S. will need more than 450,000 welding professionals by years end, according to the American Welding Society. The Tooling U-SME training catalog has more than 500 unique online classes and instructor-led training. Find a welding program that best meets your needs.

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SME Supporting Welders

Doctoral Student Christie Hasbrouck: Flight Plan for Success

SME Education Foundation scholarship recipient Christie Hasbrouck, pursuing her doctorate in industrial and manufacturing engineering at The Pennsylvania State University, acquired skills through working with her father, like welding, wiring and woodworking, that helped refine her technical aptitude.

Female Students Break Down Technical Barriers at Saginaw ISD/SME PRIME Summer Camp

The Saginaw Intermediate School District (ISD)’s SME PRIME initiative has focused on increasing the involvement of women in the technology program by hosting a number of female students at their manufacturing, engineering and welding summer camp.

Paving The Early Career Path for Applied Math and Welding Instructor

Receiving the SME Education Foundation Family Scholarship has played a huge part in the life and career of Erin Manthey, an applied math instructor in the welding program at Dakota County Technical College in Minnesota.

Making Welding Accessible to All

With the ongoing shortage of skilled workers and the pickup in the economy, suppliers of welding equipment are finding ways to making welding easier for those working in manufacturing. Automating repetitive welding jobs allows welders to focus on higher-value tasks.

What It’s Like to Be a Welder?

For Stephanie Hoffman, welding isn’t just a job it’s part of her identity. Learn how welding has allowed her to pursue her artistic passion and find a career she loves.

Podcasts: Experts Talk Welding

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Spotlight on Welding with AWS

Chris Mahar, associate editor of Manufacturing Engineering magazine, talks with Monica Pfarr, executive director of the American Welding Society Foundation about what’s happening in the welding industry. From overall industry updates to the current market temperature and the workforce, this podcast is a welding one-stop-shop.

A More Informed Welding Solution

A More Informed Welding Solution

Christopher Ripley, director of business development, and Eduardo Almeida, director of engineering, innovation and R&D for BrandTech, discuss their companies precision welding system and how its computer-controlled system differs from traditional stud welding.

Cobots Now Do Welding

Cobots Now Do Welding

This podcast interviewed onsite at FABTECH with Universal Robots' senior manager of application development, Joe Campbell. Campbell explains how cobot technology has evolved to the point of safely offering a cost-effective solution for welding, working with end-effectors offered by third party developers.

FABTECH Returns to Atlanta

North America's largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event returns to Atlanta, Georgia Nov. 8-10, 2022.

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Celebrate Welding Month with AWS

Since 1996, the American Welding Society has designated the month of April as National Welding Month to bring awareness to the welding industry and its available career paths. There are events and programs happening all month long.

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