ATFs play an integral part in the operation of the AWS Certified Welding program. Companies are increasingly realizing the shortcomings of self-qualification and switching to AWS Accredited Test Facilities to test and qualify their welders. As an ATF, you enjoy valuable industry recognition: you are listed on our AWS website for those who need to certify welders and your facility is also advertised in the award-winning Welding Journal magazine.
The Certified Welding Fabricator (CWF) program was developed in response to industry demand: it recognizes select companies like yours who have the resources, procedures, and personnel to apply a quality management system to the welding fabrication activities. Your potential customers will do business with even greater confidence: trusting that every product they ordered was fabricated under a quality, best practices system.
Do you have the necessary arc welding equipment to test individuals to the requirements of the Certified Robotic Arc Welding (CRAW) program? If so, consider applying for AWS Approved Testing Center (ATC) designation to enjoy valuable industry recognition, including your AWS website listing and periodic Welding Journal magazine advertising.
Learn more about the ISO 3834 standard and how it can contribute to your products’ acceptance in international markets. ISO 3834 is increasingly being specified for manufacturing companies. For those companies doing business in Europe for clients subject to EU regulations, ISO 3834 compliance is mandatory for those manufacturing railway vehicles and components, and steel and aluminum structures. By offering certification, AWS hopes to increase the competitive strengths of American companies.
The demand for most trades is strong and getting stronger. The U.S. Department of Labor forecasts healthy growth in the neighborhood of 8 to 9 percent over the next decade. Jobs associated with building and rebuilding roads, bridges, water, and the power grid are expected to grow by double-digit percentages–faster than the overall economy.