We serve a community made up of lifelong learners who see welding as a craft and an art as well as a source of income. Our members choose this industry, lifestyle, and career as Plan A, taking pride in how our efforts seamlessly integrate and protect every facet of modern living, including buildings, transportation, appliances, and more. When you join the AWS staff, you are part of a team dedicated to supporting the people, careers and technologies connected with the skilled profession of welding and related processes.
Innovation and growth are at the forefront of what drives us. We design, develop, and implement the standards, certifications, educational programs, and events that support the growth of the individuals, businesses, and educators that make up our membership base. As a member of the AWS Team, you work alongside highly talented, collaborative, and creative individuals with an excellence mindset. Striving to be the best we can be in our work, our relationships, our ideas, and our services is our pledge to the welding community.
We are loyal, dedicated, and treat each other with respect and kindness. We work hard and have fun, whether we’re collaborating with one another, one of our committees or subcommittees, our more than 60,000 members, or others outside of our profession. Giving back by investing in the future of the welding industry through the AWS Foundation’s scholarships, grants, and other workforce development programs is one of our most important core values.
Becoming a member of the AWS staff means purpose−driven work towards our vision of being the preeminent global resource for enabling welding professionals to help protect and improve lives. We believe in the talent of our staff and not only offer some of the best benefits in the industry, but the unwavering support to help our employees have successful and rewarding careers. Here are just a few of the perks and benefits of working at AWS.
The benefits provided by AWS are among the best in our industry, and include:
Compensation and Gainshare: Compensation is commensurate with similar organizations in the area and in the industry. Employees are paid bi-weekly (26 pay periods). Job descriptions and responsibilities are reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that salaries remain competitive. Dependent on certain financial factors, employees may receive supplemental gainshare compensation each calendar year towards the end of the first quarter.
Health/Dental/Life & Disability insurance: First day of the month, following thirty days after being hired AWS provides group health, dental, vision, basic life, Short Term and LTD insurance, EAP, Worksite and Pet Insurance to full-time employees. Our HR Department works hard to ensure that we have top-of-the-line benefits at reasonable costs to each employee.
Retirement Savings: No matter what age you are when you begin your AWS career, it’s important to start planning for retirement. Immediately upon starting at AWS, employees are eligible to participate in the organization’s 403(B) Plan. AWS automatically invests 4% of each employee’s base salary in the 403(B) program, regardless of whether or not the employee chooses further contribution to the plan. AWS matches up to 4% for every dollar the employee contributes to the AWS 403(B) retirement plan.
Our Senior Leadership Team is the driving force that works with our Board of Directors and Staff to ensure that AWS continues to grow and inform our industry. Senior Leadership Team Members are: