Sections and Student Chapters: The Heart of AWS

Sections and Student Chapters: The Heart of AWS

Sections are the foundation of AWS. These local groups help shape our global organization and the welding industry in general. Student Chapters are affiliated with local Sections and are located at educational institutions around the world. As members of Student Chapters, aspiring welding professionals gain access to unique resources and opportunities intended to prepare them for a successful career in welding.

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AWS Sections unite people who share a passion for the welding industry. Our sections provide opportunities for personal and professional development via networking, mentorship, hands-on activities, access to AWS resources, and more.

AWS Section activities are open to all; however, Sections may extend special benefits to active AWS Members — including free access to AWS codes, standards, and publications. Find an AWS Section near you below.

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Student Chapters


By providing access to unique resources and opportunities, AWS Student Chapters help aspiring industry professionals build the connections and skills they need for a successful career in the welding industry.

Find a Student Chapter near you below. If you would like more information on how to charter an AWS Student Chapter, please contact


Find an AWS Section or DISTRICT NEAR YOU

  • District Map
  • District/Section Directory

District 1

Sections Names: Boston • Central Mass/Rhode Island • Connecticut • Green & White Mountains • Maine • Montreal

District 2

Sections Names: Delmarva • Long Island • New Jersey • New York • Philadelphia

District 3

Sections Names: Central Pennsylvania • Cumberland Valley • Lehigh Valley • Reading • Washington, DC • York-Lancaster

District 4

Sections Names: Carolina • Charlotte • Northeastern Carolina • Southwest Virginia • Tidewater • Triangle

District 5

Sections Names: Atlanta • Central Florida-Orlando • Columbia • Florida West Coast • North Central Florida • North Florida • Palm Beach • South Carolina • South Florida

District 6

Sections Names: Niagara Frontier • Northern New York • Rochester • Syracuse • Twin Tiers

District 7

Sections Names: Cincinnati • Columbus • Dayton • Johnny Appleseed • Johnstown-Altoona • Mid-Ohio Valley • Pittsburgh • Tri-State • Wheeling

District 8

Sections Names: Chattanooga • Greater Huntsville • Holston Valley • Nashville • Northeast Mississippi • Northeast Tennessee • Western Carolina • West Tennessee

District 9

Sections Names: Acadiana • Auburn-Opelika • Baton Rouge • Birmingham • Central Louisiana • Mobile • Morgan City • New Orleans • Pascagoula

District 10

Sections Names: Cleveland • Drake Well • Mahoning Valley • Northwestern Pennsylvania • Stark Central

District 11

Sections Names: Central Michigan • Detroit • Northern Michigan • Northwest Ohio • Saginaw Valley • West Michigan

District 12

Sections Names: Fox Valley • Lakeshore • Madison-Beloit • Milwaukee • Racine/Kenosha • Upper Peninsula

District 13

Sections Names: Blackhawk • Chicago • Illinois Valley • J.A.K. • Peoria

District 14

Sections Names: Indiana • Lexington • Louisville • Sangamon Valley • St. Louis • Tri-River

District 15

Sections Names: Arrowhead • Northern Plains • Northwest • Saskatoon

District 16

Sections Names: Eastern Iowa • Iowa • Kansas • Kansas City • Mid-Plains • Nebraska • Siouxland • Southeast Nebraska

District 17

Sections Names: Central Arkansas • Central Texas • East Texas • North Texas • Oklahoma City • Ozark • Tulsa

District 18

Sections Names: Chihuahua • Corpus Christi • El Paso • Houston • Lake Charles • Monterrey • Rio Grande Valley • Sabine • San Antonio

District 19

Sections Names: Alaska • Alberta • British Columbia • Inland Empire • Greater Oregon • Puget Sound Olympic • Spokane

District 20

Sections Names: Colorado • Idaho/Montana • New Mexico • Southern Colorado • Utah • Wyoming

District 21

Sections Names: Arizona • California Central Coast • Hawaii • Kern • Long Beach/Orange County • Los Angeles/Inland Empire • Nevada • San Diego • San Fernando Valley

District 22

Sections Names: Central Valley • Sacramento Valley • San Francisco • Santa Clara Valley • Sierra Nevada

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Meetings & Resources


Meetings & Resources

Upcoming Meetings: Visit the AWS Calendar


The AWS Calendar can help you find upcoming Section and Student Chapter meetings near you.


Section and Student Volunteer Leader Resources

Section and Student Volunteer Leader Resources

AWS Sections and Student Chapters are led by volunteers who serve as ambassadors of AWS and contribute their time, effort, and passion for the industry to make information, resources, and support more accessible to other industry professionals. AWS provides resources to ensure our volunteer leaders have the tools needed to effectively manage the Sections they lead.