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More than 1,500 volunteer professionals currently serve on 300+ AWS technical committees, subcommittees, and task groups. They spearhead the development of consensus standards for welding, cutting, and allied processes.

Our committee volunteers – both past and present – epitomize the AWS mission to inspire the world forward. The time and knowledge they share allows AWS to continuously advance the science, technology and application of welding and allied joining and cutting processes for nearly 100 years now.

Specialized expertise:

Volunteers are specialists in their specific industries and processes: structural, aerospace, railroad, automotive, robotics, shipbuilding and marine, bridges, heavy equipment, piping and tubing, sheet metal, brazing, soldering, plastics, thermal spray, welding product manufacturers, and general applications.


These volunteers work under the rules of ANSI (The American National Standards Institute) to publish American National Standards on welding. AWS administrates the US technical advisory groups (TAGs) to ISO/TC44 (Welding and Allied Processes), and its subcommittees, participates in ISO/TC 167 (Steel and  aluminum structures), and holds the secretariats of one ISO/TC44 subcommittee and five working groups. AWS is also the Authorized National Body (ANB) for Company Certification (ANBCC) to the International Institute of Welding (IIW).

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