Chairmans Note

  We strive to provide informative seminars and events to further welding technology and education.  We have monthly planning meetings that are open to all members and we encourage you to come and be part of planning the events for your section.

  We had the privilege of having the AWS President Nancy Cole speak in Shoreview, MN about Women in Welding and Manufacturing in October.  She served three terms as the Vice President before being elected President of AWS in 2013.  Her passion and energy for the welding industry inspires all who have the pleasure of her company.

  The Northwest Section is looking forward to an exciting 2013-2014 season, with monthly member meetings and events.  In November, we will be taking a tour of Chart Industries, named one of the top 100 fastest growing companies.  Chart is a leading global manufacturer of standard and custom engineered products and systems for a wide variety of cryogenic and heat transfer applications.

  On December 11th, Anoka Technical College will be hosting a seminar for Fronius, a welding company that focuses on robotics, arc and resistance welding.  This will be a hand’s on meeting, so bring your welding gear!

  In January, we will have our annual award ceremony, which honors gold, silver, and life members of our section. This is open to the entire section so come and help us congratulate the members that have reached these milestones.

  Our annual Behind the Mask welding contest will be held in February at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in New Richmond, WI.  This is a welding competition for students and welding professionals.  Proceeds are used to fund student scholarships to train the next generation of welders.  Come on out and show us what you’ve got!

  SkillsUSA will take place in March. The Northwest Section is very involved with both the fabrication and individual contests.
  We are in the planning stages of also offering a tour of Bauer Welding to our section members.  Bauer Welding is a national contract metal fabricator of precision tube bending, tubular laser cutting fabrication, and tube assemblies.

  We are proud to offer a full-day seminar on Aluminum welding, with special guest speakers in April.  Professional development hours (PDH) will be offered at this informative event.

  The section now has a Facebook page. The title is AWS Northwest Section. Go to Facebook and please like our page. We will be updating this throughout the year.       

  We encourage you to become involved in our section and make it the best it can be.  With all of our events, there is a place for everyone to use their talents and passion for welding to push the Northwest Section to new heights.  Please continue to check our website and watch your email for announcements of upcoming monthly meetings and events as we continue to bring you welding information throughout the rest of the 2013-2014 season.

  In closing, I would like to personally acknowledge the board members for their time and dedication to the promotion of welding technology in our area.  Your commitment continues to push our section to new heights and I am honored to be part of such a great group.

Your chairman,

Tentative Schedule of Events for the 2013/ 2014 Year

Below is a list of our sections scheduled events. As we nail down times and locations, we will be sending out meeting notices via the email you have on record with AWS National. Please check our calendar regularly as our planning meetings are also listed. We invite all members to help with the planning of all events.
October, “Women in Welding” AWS President to visit Wyoming Machine 10/14
November, Plant Tour
December 11th, Fronius at Anoka Tech
January, Awards Dinner/ Certification Meeting
February, Behind the Mask, at WITC
March, Skills USA/ All Day Technical Seminar
April, TBD
May, TBD

Certified Welding Inspector and Certified Welding Supervisor

Certified Welding Inspector

The Certified Welding Inspector certification is more than a rewarding career. It involves great responsibility and remarkable skill demonstration. The CWI® is widely recognized, both nationally and internationally, and successful companies have come to rely on this AWS certification when ensuring the highest level of quality workmanship. As a Certified Welding Inspector, you will find this career path lucrative and rewarding. This certification can lead you to a career that is engaging and promising on all levels. If what you need is a stable career where you will thrive and find fulfillment, then the CWI certification is for you.


The first Certified Welding Inspector Seminar will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Bloomington the week of March 30, 2014 - April 4, 2014 with the Exam on Saturday April 5, 2014. The deadline to register for the exam is February 24, 2014.
The second Certified Welding Inspector seminar will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Bloomington the week of August 17, 2014 - August 22, 2014 with the exam on Saturday August 23, 2014. For more information go to



Certified Welding Supervisor


If you work in the field of welding. If you make decisions about employees responsible for welding supervision.

Make the smart decision to become an AWS Certified Welding Supervisor. Certification can mean better pay, more job security, and the proof that your skills and knowledge label you as one of the industry’s elite.

Becoming certified means passing tests that require a high degree of knowledge and top-notch skills.

The AWS Certified Welding Supervisor seminar delivers knowledge and value.

The Certified Welding Supervisor Seminar will be held at the Crowne Plaza Bloomington the week of July 14, 2014 – July 18, 2014 with the Exam on Saturday July 19, 2014. The deadline to register for the exam is June 9, 2014. For more information go to



Michael Hanson

AWS Northwest Section

Certification Chair

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