FIND A JOB with some help from American Welding Society

– Hey, everybody! So 2019 marks a big year in the welding industry. Over a hundred years ago, the AWS was founded by Comfort A. Adams, on March 28th, 1919. This year we’re going to celebrate their centennial anniversary. As a token of our appreciation for everything that the AWS does for us, we went ahead and built them a sign, using their centennial logo. So we’re going to show you some footage of how this piece was built, as well as take a trip down to Miami, and talk to some of the specialists, at each of the different departments, to tell you about some of the benefits, and some of the opportunities, they have for you as a welder. So, we’re going to be talking to people from the Foundation, talk to you about scholarships. We’re going to talk to different
areas, as far as sections, what you can do in your local community, and how you can communicate and network with people, in your area,
that are also AWS members. We’re going to talk to
the Training department, as well as the Code Specifications, Certifications, and Testing areas. So stay tuned, we’ve got
a lot coming for you. – Hey guys, while Jason Becker
heads down to Miami, Florida, at the AWS Headquarters, we’re going to go ahead
and upload this AWS sign. So, I’m going to go back over to CAD. So, already, here, I uploaded it from a DXF file the AWS people sent me. So, I had to do some editing here, so the torch would have
no problems cutting. So, after that, I basically
transferred over to CAM. So, in CAM mode, I already adjusted the lead-ins and lead-outs. Then, I transferred over to CNC, and made sure everything was good. I’m going to go load a
piece of metal in here, and we’re going to cut
out eighth inch metal. So, I’m going to go ahead
and set this plasma. I’ll see you guys, in a little bit. We’ll see what Jason’s up to, right now. – Today, we’re in
beautiful Miami, Florida, at the headquarters of the
American Welding Society. So, today, what we’re going to do is we’re going to go inside and talk some of the representatives about the different programs,
and some of the benefits, and resources, they have
available, for you as members. So, let’s go ahead and take a walk. Alright, so, today, we’re
here with Matt Miller, the Executive Director, and CEO of the American Welding Society. So Matt, thanks for having me in your facility, first of all. Thank you for taking time out of your day. – Jason, thank you for coming, and welcome to AWS World Headquarters, here in Miami, Florida. – So, let’s talk to the viewers about some of the programs and stuff that you guys offer, within your facility. – Well AWS offers a
broad variety of programs that serve and support
the welding industry. Everything from education and training, to standards and specifications,
and codes, certification. We do exhibits. We offer conferences. And the list goes on and
on, for what we offer. Really when I look at it is that AWS is an information provider of the necessary
requirements that you have for the welding industry, and so pretty much anything that falls in the category with specifications, and
best practices, AWS offers. – You mentioned specifications. So how many specifications
do you guys have? – When it comes to codes and standards, American Welding Society has
roughly two hundred standards. These are supported by almost two thousand
individual volunteers that come together, in a neutral forum, to develop, and form these standards, and codes, for industry. – So, what are some of the
other programs you guys offer? I know you guys do some training, as well. – Well, absolutely, we do training. We offer training, for a number of things. Probably our most popular training is the Test Preparation Course for the Certified Welding
Inspector program. We, also, offer a variety
of online training modules, for everything from the basics of welding, to welding symbols, to metallurgy. We’ve got quite a library that we offer online, for
mobile-friendly devices. – Definitely, I’m familiar
with your codebooks. I was fortunate enough
to take the CWI exam, over in Orlando. – [Matt] Did you pass?
– I did. – Good, good for you.
– I did it first pass. First shot. So, kind of proud of that. But, you guys also have
the online training, which I’m familiar with that, as well. A lot of people don’t know about the online resources there, and there’s some great
information, on that. I know we’re going to talk later on today, split some of the folks in the programs, that are going to be able to elaborate on those specific areas for us. – Absolutely. And one of the things
that’s really exciting, about the online training, is we’re starting to move and shift, towards what you’d expect
to see, even on YouTube. We’re moving more towards
the video-based training that you’re going to start seeing over the next couple of years. Online training’s kind
of shifted and changed, and we’re trying to
shift and change with it. So, we pretty excited about some of the things we’re putting together. – Great. Do you want to talk about anything, as far as the membership benefits, and everything, that are available? – Well I don’t, I talk about membership, and I just talked to a group of students, last week, in Houston. One of the things I talk
about, with membership, we do have a lot of great
features of membership. We offer discounts for our members. We actually have the Welding Journal, which is a world-renowned publication, that you get as a member. You have access to
different resources online, but one of the things, when I talked to these students last week, was one of the benefits of AWS, that goes unrealized by
many, is the network. The network that you form
within this industry, that you can tap into other people. You can reach out, you
can form relationships, and you can really get information by communicating with
those already in industry. That’s the real benefit of AWS, is you have access to all of
these people, in the industry. That’s where I think the real, true, value of AWS membership is. – Just being able to get in
contact with like-minded people that are in the same trade, and have the same passion that you do. – Exactly, and here’s an
example that I’ll use, of all the jobs that are being hired, very few of them are actually
being posted on the internet. 85% of jobs that are being filled, are being filled within people’s networks. And 70% of jobs that are being
shared, and being filled, aren’t even being posted on the internet, or on people’s websites. They’re all being filled by networks. You go to your section. You go to your local chapter meetings. That’s where you’re
going to find a network where you can get a job,
where you can get information. And that’s really the way that
the AWS supports the welder, the welding inspector, the
engineer, the researcher. You have it. We’re there for them. – I could kind of speak
to that, first hand. I actually had a student, we just started up the
Central Florida Chapter, and at the Charter Meeting, we had one of my current students, as well as one of the
representatives, from industry. They met there. They’re sitting at the same
table, during the ceremony, and they kind of hit it off. He went for a job interview the following week. And they hired him,
right out of the program. – That’s the benefit. – It’s definitely, it’s there. – It is, and I think
that’s one of the things we’ve got to communicate better, and we’ve got to help our
younger members understand that getting to meet and know people, that’s where the real value is in these kinds of organizations. – Well, Matt, I thank
you for taking your time to speak with us today. I know we’re going to get ready to meet some of your other staff, and they’re going to expound upon some of the many programs
you guys have to offer, and we can get some more details. – Excellent. We’ve got a great staff here, and I’m excited you’re
going to get to talk to a few of them, and I hope
your audience, on, gets a chance to check
out AWS, at We’ve got a great website that can point you in the direction of anything you need from us. – All right, Matt, well, thanks again. – Thank you, Jason.
– Really appreciate your time. – It was great to have you here. – All right guys, so, here’s the AWS sign. It’s all cut out, it looks really good. The cutting did real good on the plasma. So, I’m taking this
wire wheel, right here. It’s diamond. So, I’m basically going to remove all this mill scale first. Then after that’s done, I’m going to lower this RPM down, and take this medium grit, right here. It’s a red pad. So, I’m going to take this, after the mill scale is all off, and actually go down through here, just like this, all the way down here. Work my way all the way down. But I’m not going to do this part, because we’re going to mirror finish it, all right guys? So, let’s check back with Jason, over there in AWS. – I’m Darrill Gaschler. I’m the Senior Manager
of Volunteer Relations at the American Welding Society. I have the great privilege of overseeing the day-to-day operations
of our AWS Sections, and AWS Student Chapters. – So how many sections are
you currently overseeing, right now? – So, right now, in 2019, we have 147, active, domestic sections and another 22 sections,
operating internationally. – As well as the student divisions? – Over a hundred Student Chapters. – So, you’re a busy guy. – Busy. There’s always a lot going
on, and especially right now, as we’re really trying
to enhance our efforts, to further connections with our Sections, and Student Chapters. – So, Darrill, these
Sections that you supervise, what are some of the things that they do that would benefit your
traditional members, as well as the student membership? – So, starting, say,
from the student level. By becoming more active in the Section, they’re becoming more
informed of the industry from folks that are directly
involved in the industry. So, by attending the Section meeting, they’re getting to network with folks that are involved in the industry, and are already active in careers that they might want to pursue, whether it be a welder,
whether it be an engineer, whether it be a fabricator,
or an inspector. They’re getting to connect, one-to-one, with individuals who have stories, and experience, in those different areas. – So, in addition to
the networking aspect, what are some of the other things that go on at a Section meeting? So, if you had somebody that
was interested in going, they’ve heard about
these Section meetings, they’re just not sure what goes on at one of those events. – Sure, that’s a great question. There’s welding competitions, that are hosted by our Sections. There’s technical seminars and lectures, that are hosted by our Sections. So, folks looking to hear more, from professionals, in a
more organized setting, and hear about different topics they might not have access to, otherwise. All of those different things happen at AWS Section meetings. – And you guys have a lot of resources, just on AWS’ website, for Section leaders, and different Sections. – Yeah, so right there on, we have a Section toolkit. That Section toolkit is filled with dozens of different resources, all, specifically, meant to serve needs, and help our Sections overcome challenges they might experience, with the full understanding our Section officers are volunteers. We want to make their
role, as Section officers, as easy for them, as possible. That Section toolkit has
dozens of templates, forms, things that’ll make their lives easier, and help to provide guidance,
in their operations. – And you guys do a
little bit of training, as far as leadership, for
you Section officers, right? You want to talk a little bit about that? – Sure. We have a Leadership Symposium
each year, going on 20 years. The purpose of that Leadership Symposium is to bring individuals
that have been identified as future leaders within the
American Welding Society, they get to visit us, down here, at the American Welding Society’s World Headquarters, in Miami, for a three day experience. Where they are guided, with the assistance of a
professional facilitator, through some different
skills, that they can use, not only to develop their Sections, and get more members involved at the Section level of the Society, but also skills that they can apply in their everyday personal
and professional lives. – I’ve got to say, I was fortunate enough to be elected, last year, to attend that, because I know it’s usually one person, from each of the 22 Districts, that kind of encompasses the 147 Sections. That one person from
each District gets to go, and I’ve got to tell you, it was a great experience for me. It really helped me out. I could go back and inform the
guys, just within my Section, as to some of the stuff that I learned. So I’m looking forward to nominating one of them to go next year. – Excellent, excellent. That’s what it’s all about. It’s really about that
peer-to-peer network is, as part of that society mentality, everyone looking out for one another, and helping us to identify
what is the future that’s coming up behind them. – Well, Darrill, I appreciate
you taking your time. I know you’re a very busy man. I’ll let you get back to work, but thanks for taking
the time to talk with us. – [Darrill] Thank you. – Alright guys, so I’m
going to jump over here, and show you guys how to
do this mirror finishing. So basically, I’ve got this
dual-action sander, right here. You’ve got to, basically,
put this on the grind mode, not DA mode, so I lock this in here. Just, basically, grinds it. But, first, I’m going
to start at low grit. I’m going to start at about 80 grit. Then, we’re doing that
all over with 80 grit. Then, we’re going to slowly step that up to, like, 150, 220, and I take
it up to two thousand grit. But, once I hit 15 hundred grit, we’re going to switch over to wet sanding. Basically, get a bucket of
water, or a squirt bottle, and have this in the block, because I want to try to
keep this flat as possible, while I’m wet sanding. Because, you want to
basically keep it flat so the metal won’t have no
concaves in it, or nothing. So, guys, I’m going to
get started on this. And we’re going to check
back with Jason, back there. – My name is Eduardo Guerra. I am the Instructional Design Manager for the Education and
Training Department for AWS. – So, what all does that cover? – Well, Education and Training is a pretty broad descriptor, in terms of what we offer. There are two primary components to the types of training we offer. Typically, we have the live,
instructor-led component, which, essentially, is our seminars. Which, typically, cover
CWI exam preparation, also exam preparation for the CRI exam, and for anyone looking
to recertify their CWI. We, also, have a robust
online set of offerings, as far as our online educational library. And those are a set of online courses, totalling 18, in total, that cover a variety of topics directly related to welding, or tendentially related
to the welding industry. So, they cover everything, from
the basic welding processes, SMAW, GMAW, GTAW, cutting, to things like economics
of welding, safety, reading welding symbols. And some more advanced topics, as well. So, metallurgy is in there, as well. – So, you mentioned the
online curriculum, and stuff. Who would that benefit? I mean, who’s your
ideal end user for that? – The [question 00:13:23] for
that is anybody who is busy, which is, really, anybody. We find that welding students,
or welding professionals, don’t always have the time to commit to furthering their studies,
in large blocks of time. Sometimes, that’s even
true of those looking to partake in the CWI seminar, which is, typically, a six day endeavor, away from home. And, so, in preparation for that, or if they’re just doing some of the online learning, on their own, it’s something that can
be done, asynchronously. So, at their own pace, their own schedule, while still obtaining the
information that you need there. Do the online, and live, offerings. – So, I’ve actually had the chance to go through the e-learning software, and one of the benefits that I’ve noticed, as a CWI, you said that time is something that everybody, kind of,
seems to run short of. You can actually take
these modules on there, and receive your personal
development hours, or professional development hours, towards your nine year recert. So, that’s something I
can do at my own pace, at home, you know, the
comfort of my own home, or my office, without having
to travel somewhere else. – That’s definitely a benefit that, sometimes, goes overlooked. But that’s definitely worth considering. What we don’t want folks to do is to wait until the last minute. And then you’re, sort of, scrambling. And, so, this kills two birds
with one stone, essentially, where you get the training that you need, and, it’s worth mentioning that since AWS is [ICET 00:14:46] accredited. In addition to PDHs,
you can also get CEUs, continuing education units, which are nationally recognized, in terms of furthering education. So, if there’s a requirement
that you might have, either as a welding engineer, or some other, maybe,
fringe career on industry, those would also be recognized, for that. But that definitely does satisfy
the requirements for that, while, also, just letting
you pick up a new skill, or bolster an existing one. – Well, Eddie, I appreciate your time. Thanks for talking to our viewers about all the options and
benefits available to them. And how the system you guys are creating is going to benefit educators, students, people that currently
posses AWS credentials. Just wanted to thank you for your time, and say I appreciate it. – Any time! – Alright guys, so here’s the swirls, we did all the swirls. Then, next, we did the
mirror finish, here. The mirror’s all done. Basically, you can just
look at yourself in it, brush your teeth, whatever you want to do. So, the next part, I’m
going to take you guys over, and we’re going to build the frame. The frame’s going to fit around this, and it’s going to sit inside this. So, let’s go over there,
and go cut the frame. So, I’m building the
frame around the AWS sign. This is 304 stainless. I ordered ten feet of it. Eighth inch thick, two inch angle here. Two inch over here, and two inch on there. I’m doing 45 degree cuts. I don’t have a blade for the saw. It’s kind of dull, so I’m
doing it freehand, right now, with the .045 wire wheel,
for stainless or steel. And I just, basically, got one, because I wasn’t really good
at [Pitcher 00:16:20] cuts. I don’t do them all the time. I, basically, got one practice one, and just lined it up, here, like this. Then, I drew my lines out. Then, I just went over here and
did this lines, on this one. So, all I’m going to do is, basically, just kind of freehand cut this, with a cut-off wheel. Then, I’m going to slide
this down and clamp it, and slide this down, and
cut the other part of it. Then, just catch it while I’m cutting it. So, at that point, after it’s all cut up, we’re going to fit it together. Tack it, square it up, then,
we’re going to weld her out. Then, put her on the back of the AWS sign. – My name is Monica Pfarr, and I’m the Executive Director
of the AWS Foundation. – Okay, so, Monica, for
the people that don’t know, what, exactly, does the
foundation do, at AWS? – So, the foundation has,
really, three main thrusts, that it focuses on. First is scholarships. We give away over 1.3 million dollars, annually, in scholarships, to students that are
pursuing various levels of welding-related education. We have scholarships for students that are in a short term,
certificate program. Scholarships for students
pursuing an associate degree in welding, or welding technology. And we, also, give away scholarships to bachelor degree seeking students, mostly in welding engineering, but, sometimes, in
other engineering fields that are closely aligned with welding. – And, then, you guys also have educator scholarships
available, too, right? – We do, we do. We give away scholarships to educators that they can utilize to pursue a degree, like a master’s degree. We, also, give scholarships to educators that they can utilize for
professional development. So, seminars, workshops,
even certifications. And, we, also, give away some fellowships. We have four graduate fellowships that we award to students who
are in PhD level programs, to help them with their research. – Okay, and you guys just
got into giving out grants to educational institutions, right? – We did. So, 2017 was the first year that we awarded grants to schools. We have been giving away about three hundred
thousand dollars, annually, to schools, high school, as
well as post-secondary schools. And the grants are up
to 25 thousand dollars, for an individual school. And it’s designed to help them improve, or grow, their welder training program. – So, to kind of expand their facility, equipment, stuff like that. – Yep, yep, to improve the
program with new equipment, to grow, and add additional booths, so that they can serve more students. – So, what was the third segment? – So, the third area of
focus for the foundation is workforce development. So, we’re trying to do what we can to improve the image of our industry, as well as to educate the general public about the exciting career opportunities that are available, within welding. And, probably, the most visible project that we have, or initiative
that we have underway, in the workforce development space, is our Careers in Welding trailer. So, we have a 53 foot trailer, that travels around the year, around the country, about 18 weeks, a year,
exhibiting at really large events. State fairs, maker fairs,
agriculture and farm shows. – [Jason] You guys were
at Fabtech, this year. – [Monica] We were at Fabtech,
this year, absolutely. And, on the trailer, we have four virtual
reality welding simulators, as well as other hands-on exhibits, and information, like I said, about the many different
career opportunities that are available, within the industry. – Alright, well, I appreciate your time. Thanks for coming out and talking with us, and explaining what the foundation does. – Yeah, absolutely! – Alright guys, we got the frame done. We got the sign done. The only thing I got left to do is put lights, and we’re going
to put some color behind here, let the letters pop. So, we’ll let Jason close this out. And I’m going to let
you get back to Jason. – Alright, thanks for
checking us out, guys. We really appreciate your support, and we want to take a moment to thank the American Welding Society for shedding some light on
some of the additional benefits and resources that are
available to us, as members. We, also, want to wish the
American Welding Society a happy birthday. A hundred years is kind of a big deal. So, if you enjoyed this video, make sure to like and subscribe. Hit that notification button. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. And, until next time, make every weld better than your last.

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