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.

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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.


While we work hard, AWS recognizes that we are more than our day jobs. Therefore, all employees receive the following paid time off benefits per calendar year; pro-rated for those who start after January: Vacation, Sick Time, Personal Days, Holidays among others.


Professional Development: We truly believe in the value of continuing education for all our staff members. AWS invests in its staff’s professional development by providing tuition reimbursement, educational webinars as well as learning platforms such as LinkedIn Learning and Dale Carnegie.

Leadership Development: AWS believes in developing a strong leadership succession plan. In addition to professional development, we also provide leadership development and coaching opportunities.


References/Background Check: All offers of employment at AWS are contingent upon satisfactory results of a thorough background check. Background checks will be conducted on all newly hired staff members and on all employees who are promoted, as deemed necessary.

Drug-Free Workplace Policy: AWS is a Drug-Free workplace. As such, you will be asked to go through a pre-employment drug screening process. This offer is contingent upon the results of a successful drug screening process.

E-Verify: As a condition of employment and in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, AWS participates in E-Verify. Within the first three days of your employment, you will need to provide documentary proof that you are eligible to work in the United States. To satisfy that requirement, you will need to present approved documents that establish your eligibility to work.

Equal Opportunity: AWS is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits all forms of illegal discrimination and harassment of any kind. AWS is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at AWS are based on legitimate non-discriminatory factors such as business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.


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:


Gary Konarska II

Executive Director & CEO
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Gesana Villegas

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Cassie Burrell

Sr. VP Marketing & Membership Development
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John Gayler

Sr. VP Welding & Technology
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Monica Pfarr

Executive Director, AWS Foundation
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Jessenia Martinez

Associate Director, Executive Office
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Tatiana Milan

Sr.Director, Human Resources
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Annette Alonso

Managing Director, Publishing
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John Perry

Managing Director, Information Services
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Mike Rovins

Director, Global Sales
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