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Professional Associations (U.S.)

The American Welding Society (AWS) was founded in 1919 as a multifaceted, nonprofit organization with a goal to advance the science, technology and application of welding and related joining disciplines. From factory floor to high-rise construction, from military weaponry to home products, AWS continues to lead the way in supporting welding education and technology development to ensure a strong, competitive and exciting way of life for all Americans.

The Mission of Edison Welding Institute is to advance and apply materials joining technology to benefit our customers.

FMA brings metal fabricators together through educational programs, volunteer committees and technology councils, networking opportunities, industry awards, and FABTECH® International.

International Titanium Association has a great On-Line Library & produces several Publications.
PDF documents are FREE to members. A small fee applies to non-members. Some printed publications have a fee for both members and non-members.

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is the world's leading resource Where Manufacturing Comes Together - both people and information - to advance manufacturing knowledge.

The NJC's mission is to enhance the life-cycle affordability and mission capability of critical Navy weapon systems through the implementation of materials joining technology.

Professional Associations (International)

Das Institut für Schweißtechnik und Fügetechnik (ISF) der RWTH Aachen befaßt sich seit über 50 Jahren mit modernen Schweißtechnologien.

Established in 1992, The EWF - European Federation for Welding, Joining and Cutting is an association comprising one member organisation for each country of the European Union and of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). Observer organisation status is available outside of these areas at the discretion of the EWF.

Depuis sa création en 1905, l’Institut de soudure consacre une large part de son activité à l'étude, l'amélioration et le développement des techniques d'assemblage, de soudage sur tout type de matériaux. Son expérience depuis près d'un siècle dans le soudage lui confère une position de leader dans ce domaine.

The Mission of IIW is to be the global body in the science and application of joining technology providing networking and knowledge exchange. Its technical field encompasses the joining, cutting and surface treatment of metallic and non-metallic materials by such processes as welding, brazing, soldering, thermal cutting, thermal spraying, adhesive bonding, microjoining and embraces allied fields including quality assurance, non-destructive testing, standardisation, inspection, health and safety, education, training, qualification, design and fabrication.

L'Istituto Italiano della Sadatura (IIS) è una Associazione Privata, senza scopo di lucro, di Persone, Aziende ed Istituzioni, con sede centrale a Genova), che offre, da oltre cinquant'anni, servizi di Formazione, Certificazione, Ingegneria, Ispezione e Assistenza Tecnica, Ricerca e Normazione, nel settore delle giunzioni e delle tecniche affini e connesse, Prove Non Distruttive incluse.

TWI's website is the world's most extensive online source of information and advice on welding and joining of engineering materials. Established in 1946, TWI has an international client base and is Europe's largest independent research and technology organisation.

The Netherlands Institute of Welding (NIL) is an independent foundation, taking care about the collective interest of Dutch companies, organizations and persons, working in the field of the joining of materials.
In the NIL, fabricators, suppliers, users and research- and trainingcentres are united.

The WTIA's goal is to assist in making Australian industry locally and globally competitive in welding-related activities. Key strategies are in place to: create the correct cultures for competitiveness, facilitate technology transfer to industry, drive research and development, provide a quality work force, and standardise qualification and certification throughout the country.


Automotive Design & Production is the only magazine devoted to helping auto industry decision makers in North America produce vehicles better, faster and cheaper so that they can remain competitive in the world automotive market.

MAN - Modern Applications News has been the leading “idea” magazine for the metalworking industry since 1967. MAN delivers short, concise problem/solution editorial that helps the production floor increase productivity and profitability.

MODERN MACHINE SHOP takes a decidedly "shop floor" point of view in its coverage of topics related to machining, metalworking and shop management.

Steel, aluminum, copper & brass, stainless steel, service centers, coil processing, cutting & sawing, roll forming, stamping, tube & pipe, forging, die casting, extrusion, coated coil, anodizing, powder coating, painting, material handling, safety products, laser cutting and more . . .

In addition to the regular lineup of application articles, welder profiles, product highlights, and valuable buyers' guides, Practical Welding Today covers these topics: Systems & Equipment , Safety, Consumables, Cutting & Welding Preparation .

STAMPING Journal® is the only industrial publication dedicated solely to serving the needs of the metal stamping market: Mechanical Presses, Hydraulic Presses, Coil Processing, Progressive Stamping, Tooling and Die Design, Quick Die Change, Lubricants, and Material Handling.

TPA informs and educates tube and pipe producing and fabricating professionals through conferences, expositions, magazines, technical research library, networking opportunities, and more.

The award-winning Welding Journal offers feature articles, late-breaking news, stainless steel, brazing, automation, Washing and website columns, new product and literature spotlights, company and personnel maneuvers and advancement, and peer-reviewed R & D reports.


Bernard Welding Equipment manufactures premium GMAW (MIG) welding guns, consumables, accessories and manual arc products. For over 50 years Bernard has been an innovator in heavy-duty MIG welding and a proven contributor to improved welding productivity. Bernard is now part of ITW Welding Components (Illinois Tool Works, Inc.).

For over 50 years, CK Worldwide has produced the highest quality TIG torches and accessories in the industry. As a family owned business, it's their pledge to deliver a level of service that is unrivaled. TIG Products manufactured for today’s high-tech applications. CK Worldwide has designed innovative solutions to save money, increase productivity, reduce downtime and improve weld quality.

For 100 years, ESAB has been powered by innovation and uncompromising standards – and by the will to continuosly seek new and inproved ways of serving our customers. This has made ESAB a world leader in welding products and advanced cutting systems.

Hobart's full line of industrial quality MIG Welders, STICK Welders, TIG Welders, Engine Driven Welders, Plasma Cutters, and Spot Welders, are the best choice for your production, farming, auto repair, maintenance, do-it-yourself, or artistic needs. Hobart is now part of ITW Welding Components (Illinois Tool Works, Inc.).

Lincoln Electric’s commitment to providing the most innovative, cost-effective, quality welding and cutting solutions is one that has guided our company for more than 100 years.

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. is a leading worldwide manufacturer of Miller and Hobart brand arc welding equipment and related systems for metalworking, construction, maintenance and other applications. Miller Electric-- part of ITW Welding Components-- is a wholly owned subsidiary of Illinois Tool Works Inc.

The SSC Controls Company is a U.S. manufacturer of industrial foot switches and foot controls. SSC designs their products to last, and backs it up with a solid warranty and excellent service. For quality you can trust, choose SSC.

A manufacturer of welding and cutting products. Our company is comprised of long-standing market leading companies representing many of the most respected brand names in the welding and metal fabricating industry. Thermadyne product lines include oxy-fuel welding and cutting torches and regulators, plasma arc cutting and welding systems, arc welding power supplies, hardfacing and welding alloys, a wide array of manual and semi-automatic arc welding torches, tips and accessories, and high pressure gas control products.

Thermal's innovative and performance proven products are the plasma cutting systems of choice for hand held or automated cutting needs. Thermal plasma arc cutting systems can be used to cut virtually any material, light gauge to 4" (9.6 cm) thick, and range from highly portable 110V units for HVAC work to the most sophisticated high speed, high definition plasma cutting systems for precision fabrication.

Thermal Arc, headquartered in Troy, OH, is Thermadyne's arc welding business unit providing an extensive array of welding power source products and related equipment and accessories. The extensive product line now includes an expanding range of inverter welders, traditional transformer type arc welders, engine driven welding generators (including the industry renowned "Predator" system), Synerweld® plasma arc welding systems, and a full line of welding consumables.

The world-leading manufacturer of TIG (GTAW) welding torches, consumables andaccessories. A broad line of premium products includes the unique Crafter Series™, MicroTig™, Quick Connect System™, and High Performance Nozzles™. Weldcraft is now part of ITW Welding Components (Illinois Tool Works, Inc.).

Welding Schools

The Hobart Institute of Welding Technology provides skill and technical training tocareer-oriented students and industry alike. In addition to welding courses, experienced welders, industry, and governmental agencies rely on the Institute to provide technical,specialized, and certification training.

The Welding Engineering Program at the Ohio State University is designed to train welding engineers to meet the challenges of manufacturing for the 21st century. We have the only ABET accredited undergraduate program in North America, and also offer advanced degrees (M.S. and PhD). The OSU Welding Engineering Program is recognized worldwide and our welding engineers are highly valued by industry.

The Welding and Joining Specialization is normally completed as part of the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate program at the University of Waterloo. Thus, the core program of Mechanical Engineering is the core for the Welding and Joining Specialization.

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