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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.

Welding careers are integral to keeping people safe and advancing the quality of life across the globe, yet participation in welding and other skilled trades continues to decrease.

To celebrate our vast and diverse welding community, events for National Welding Month 2023 will revolve around this year’s theme:

Be Part of The Future of Welding.

Weld Wednesday Panel Discussion

Join us on April 5, 2023, at 8:00 p.m. EST on AWS Instagram Live where Jason Becker, host of the Arc Junkies podcast, will moderate a special edition of his show.

The topic up for panel discussion is, “The Next Generation of Welding Professionals” and his special guests include, Brandy Killeen, Robert Watson, and Lexi McDermott.


Brandy Killeen - 2022 AWS Future Leader

CWI - Welding Program Director at West Virginia Northern Community College.


Robert Watson - 2022 AWS Future Leader

Welding Engineer at General Motors engaged in Resistance Welding development and multi-process welding support for product launches.


Lexi McDermott - AWS Niagara Frontier Section Publicity Committee

Welding Sales Specialist at Dynabrade, GAWDA Young Professionals Committee Member.


A Message from Our President

AWS President, Dennis Eck, will share his thoughts on National Welding Month,
recognize the welding industry for their contribution, and highlight ways the industry can close the generational gap.

As AWS President, my focus during National Welding Month and throughout 2023 is on closing the communication gap in the welding industry. There are currently 5 generations of welding workforce, each with their influences and values; by 2028, Generation X will outnumber Baby Boomers.

It is imperative that Boomers actively mentor Gen X, Gen Z and Millenials coming into the workforce, and that all generations adapt and learn from each other, so that no industry wisdom is lost and the industry experiences a seamless transition to the incoming generations.



Special Offers

Throughout April, we will be offering promotions on the following AWS products and services.



Become a member during National Welding Month and be entered for a chance to win a gift card.


Enjoy a 35% discount off list and member prices for the Welding Handbook print version. Shipping charges are excluded from the discount.


Self-paced online courses and Professional Development Webinars will be offered at a 15% discount throughout April.



Good help is hard to find. Sustaining Corporate Members can receive 50% off employment listings on JobsInWelding.com using code 50AWSNWM.

Welder Group

My Welding Story

Every welder has a story to tell. Throughout the month, AWS will highlight stories from those in the welding community and share how welding has shaped their lives. If you’d like your welding story to be considered, fill out the survey below for a chance to be featured on our Instagram page.


Media Kit

Please download our media kit to learn how you can show your support throughout National Welding Month.

Thank you for all of your efforts on behalf of the American Welding Society.

We look forward to celebrating National Welding Month with you!


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