National Welding Month
What is it?
National Welding Month is about taking the time to recognize and reflect on the impact welding has on our daily life. Every day in thousands of shipyards, automotive assembly plants and construction sites, skilled welding professionals are working to build the structures and products on which the American economy depends. These professionals are behind the scenes welding the very backbone of industry and your world. The month of April is a chance to spotlight the welding industry’s past, present and future through education, mentorship and recognition.
Why is it important?
National Welding Month is an important opportunity to highlight an industry where trade skills are in dire need. The industry is predicting a shortage of over 200,000 skilled welding professionals by 2020. By spotlighting the opportunities available in our industry we can create a better future for welding and the professionals that choose welding as a career.
How will you mark this occasion?
We want to hear from you. How do you plan to recognize National Welding Month this year? Send us your event information including date, location and photos and we will feature it on our website.
How can you help?
You can help by using the resources in this kit to highlight welding professionals, welding technologies and the welding industry as a whole. Together we can make sure the conversations started during National Welding Month resonate well beyond April.
- Welding is the joining of two or more materials through heat or heat and pressure, forming a bond between two pieces of metal or plastic.
- There are more than 80 welding processes.
- Welding is used to build ships, automobiles, planes and space vehicles.
- Welding is used in construction of buildings, bridges, pipelines, power plants and oil refineries.
- Welding is used in the manufacturing of small electronic devices, medical equipment, and nanotechnology.
- Advancements in materials, processes and equipment, make modern welding an increasingly high-tech skill.
- Advancing manufacturing technology creates more uses for welding in the workplace and is expanding opportunities.
- New materials are creating a greater need for a highly educated and innovative welder workforce.
- Automation reinforces the need for skilled machine operators.
- There is an increased emphasis on skilled workers with identifiable credentials to ensure quality.
- Career Outlook
- The U.S. will need 372,664 welding professionals by 2026
- Many welders are highly skilled problem-solvers working in the aerospace, automotive, electronics, construction, manufacturing, oil and gas and shipbuilding industries.
- A welding career can lead to financial security, career advancement and important work in areas around the world.
Ideas to Get Involved
Below are a few ideas that can help you promote National Welding Month in your local area.
Host a Career Day
Offer a one-day hosted event at a local facility where local businesses can promote jobs available in the area. Publicize at the local schools to encourage students to come and learn first-hand about what is available in their area.
Give a Facility/Plant Tour
If you own or have access to a manufacturing facility that uses welding as a key process, offer a one-day open house tour to trade schools in the area so students can get a first hand look at welding behind the scenes.
Become a Mentor
Choose a welding student in your area to mentor for one year and report your experience during the next National Welding Month. Each subsequent year could be an opportunity to choose a new student.
Spread the News about National Welding Month
- Use the “Key Messaging” points to send information to local media outlets about National Welding Month. If the story is picked up, send us a link to the article or video and we will promote it on our web page.
- Use the “Social Media Engagement Guide” to promote National Welding Month through your own social media outlets.
- Read the “Contacting Your Government” section for direction on how to get local government involved.
Create a Scholarship
Hold a fundraiser to create a named scholarship with the AWS Foundation that provides funding for welding students.
Have other ideas?
Send them to email@example.com and we will add them to our web page.
#NationalWeldingMonth #NWM2017 #NWM
Our goal with National Welding Month is to show as many people as possible how important our industry is, and how rewarding a career in welding can be. That’s why using the campaign hashtag is so important. It ensures we are all sharing a common message.
Sample Post Ideas
Welder in the Spotlight Playlist and Videos – go.aws.org/welderinthespotlightpl
The American Welding Society has created a series of videos designed to teach people about the welding profession. These videos are interviews with welders in various stages of the industry – mostly newcomers and students. The entire playlist, or the individual videos, are great content to be shared via social media.
Tag local and national social media influencers in your posts
Tagging social users or pages that have a large amount of followers can potentially help amplify your message. Welding is an industry with national importance, and the welder shortage has been discussed by national media in recent years. Tagging these entities means they could share or retweet your message, and broadcast it to a huge audience.
Promote the concept of joining an AWS Section – go.aws.org/sectionslist
Use your social media to post about the benefits of joining an AWS section, and encourage your followers to share your message. The goal of National Welding Month is to spread the word about our industry, and there’s no better way to do that than by increasing membership in our sections.
Here are resources to help in your National Welding Month promotions:
- AWS National Welding Month Toolkit – This toolkit includes various marketing materials, key messaging and tips on how you can make an impact in your area.
- AWS National Welding Month logos
- AWS National Welding Month logo - JPG format
- AWS National Welding Month logo (transparent) - PNG format
- AWS National Welding Month header banner (1600px x 100px) - PNG format
- AWS National Welding Month header banner (600px x 100px) - PNG format
- AWS National Welding Month square banner (250px x 250px) - PNG format
- AWS National Welding Month tower banner (250px x 780px) - PNG format
- Video: “Message from 2017 AWS President – John Bray” a behind the scenes look at AWS Headquarters’ operations and staff.
- PowerPoint Video: “AWS Global Strategy” – a brief overview of the current AWS.
- PowerPoint Presentation: “This is AWS” – a look at the core products and services offered by AWS to the welding community
- Scholarship Postcard – outlines the specific Scholarship Programs available for welding education funding. For more copies of the postcard, please contact headquarters.
- WeldLink Postcard – to be used as promotional hand-out material for use in your local area.
Contacting Your Government
How to Secure a State or Local Proclamation of April as “National Welding Month”
We are encouraging sections to check with their State and/or Local Officials and request an official proclamation of April as “Welding Month”.
Here is an example from the San Antonio section
In the case of San Antonio, a faxed request was all that was needed. States and local entities have different processes, so we encourage each section to contact their officials to find out what is required.