Miami – The American Welding Society (AWS) has launched a new initiative targeting students and early career welders, titled “AWS Certified.”
Welding is among the most crucial and essential skilled trades that impact everyday life, according to a recent AWS article, yet the number of skilled welding technicians and professionals continues to decrease. Younger generations may not see the necessity of certification so early in their careers.
To date, there are over 40,000 Certified Welding Inspectors (CWIs) worldwide but AWS has 10 more certifications, each one focusing on a different specialty or career path that is critical in the welding industry.
“Being AWS Certified shows you’re proud to be in this industry, and it requires you to master the skills that uphold our industry standards. It gives you credibility and respect among your peers,” stated Nate Bowman, director of welding optimization & education at Central Welding Supply. “Welding education is the key to success in the industry.”