CWI Seminar

The Northwest Section will be hosting 2 AWS CWI seminars and exams in the 2015 calendar year. The dates for the seminars and exams are as follows:
March 29 – April 3 seminar, April 4, 2015 exam day
Signup deadline February 23, 2015
Paul Cameron will be the seminar instructor.
August 16 – August 21 Seminar, August 22 exam day
Signup deadline July 13, 2015
Paul Cameron will be the seminar instructor.
Both of the seminars will be held at the Crown Plaza Bloomington. Additional information and registration forms can be found at:

When a section hosts the CWI Preparatory Seminar they receive a complimentary spot for the week long seminar which includes the D1.1 code clinic. This individual will work with the seminar instructor as a helper and receives instruction with all instruction materials including the D1.1 codebook. This is a $1585 member, $1800 non-member benefit. The Section Certification Committee decides each year who will have this opportunity to be the section representative. This year we will be taking names from the AWS Northwest Section members who are interested in this opportunity and who meet the requirements of QC1:2007 “Standard for AWS Certification of Welding Inspectors” ( The committee will be holding a drawing to select the seminar helper. One requirement is that the member selected will have to provide proof of the $850 payment for the exam on the weekend of the seminar. We want to make sure this is used for members wanting to become a CWI.
We will announce the March/April seminar helper on January 31. The August Helper will be announced May 31.
If you are interested in this opportunity, please email your name, member number, address and phone number to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
You may contact Mike Hanson 763-221-5951 or Mace Harris 612-209-0939 if you have further questions.

AWS NW Section Awards Dinner Survey

Greetings AWS Northwest Section Members & Friends,

Please provide us feedback with your choices for the AWS NW Section Awards Dinner Event this Winter:

1. Which date would you prefer? (please choose only one)

Friday, December 5, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

2. Would you bring a guest? (please choose only one)



3. Which type of entertainment would you prefer? (please choose only one)

Appetizers with casino games & prizes at a local hotel

Appetizers with bowling near a local hotel

Appetizers with local brewery tour and beer tasting near a local hotel

4. Which location works best for you? (please choose only one)

Central of the Cities

North of the Cities

East of the Cities

South of the Cities

West of the Cities

Your response via an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) will help us in planning an event that best fits your desires. A timely response is most appreciated!

Kind regards,
The AWS NW Section Awards Dinner Planning Committee

Date posted: October 6, 2014

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Chairman Notes



Chairman Notes 8-11-2014

On behalf of our executive board and committee members I would like to inform our membership on some of our plans heading into the 2014-2015 year.  We were able to meet as a group on August 5th at Dunwoody College and come up with some great ideas.

We will be doing a tour of Valleyfair in Shakopee again tentatively planned for September 24th at 9am-11am.  We invite you to come for a behind the scenes tour where you can learn about general ride mechanics of select attractions and visit certain maintenance areas. You will see close-up aspects of various rides and how they come into play for the ride itself.  Thank you to Bob Renner and Megan Andre at Valleyfair for coordinating this event.

We will be doing a tour of Bauer Welding in St Paul in October. Details to come. Other events in the works are; Behind the Mask in February, Skills USA competitions in March, plant tours, technical seminars including a CWI Prep course, Awards/past Chair night among others.

Do not forget to check out the AWS welding trailer coming to the Minnesota State fair on August 21-22nd, in partnership with the Lincoln Electric Company. Details are on the AWS website.

2013-2014 was a strong year for our section and we aim to make this year even better.  Thank you for your membership, we will work diligently to put out quality events for our membership to take advantage of.


Dana Sorensen
NW Section Chair 2014-2015