Sustaining Company

Sustaining Company

The Sustaining Company membership is intended for forward-thinking organizations that want to promote an internal culture of continuous improvement and take an active role in shaping the industry. As our highest and most visible corporate membership level, Sustaining Company Members can select from three primary benefit options, receive ten corporate roster memberships, and enjoy many other benefits and discounts.

As a Sustaining Company member, your organization can:

  • Offer 10 Individual Memberships to employees or customers – these corporate roster memberships are managed and retained by your company, which can help improve company loyalty and retention
  • Choose a primary benefit – either 10 additional Individual Memberships (valued at $910) or AWS Standards (eLibrary access or hard copy library) valued at $15,000
  • Post internships for free on and get a 25% discount on employee job postings
  • Promote your affiliation with AWS on company materials
  • Leverage marketing opportunities with a free listing and hyperlink at
  • Be considered to join AWS' Industry Partners, including Resistance Welding Manufacturing Alliance (RWMA), WEMCO (an association of welding manufacturers), and International Thermal Spray Association (ITSA)

View a summary of Sustaining Corporate Member Benefits in PDF format.

View Corporate Membership Comparison Chart

List of Current Sustaining Corporate Members


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Or Call 800.443.9353 (inside the U.S. and Canada)
305.443.9353 (outside the U.S. and Canada)

Annual Dues

Annual Dues

Annual Dues for New Domestic Sustaining Company Members are
    $910 + $750 initiation fee
Annual Dues for New International Sustaining Company Member
    $910 + $750 initiation fee

Annual Dues for Renewing Domestic Sustaining Company Members are $910.00
Annual Dues or Renewing International Sustaining Company Member $910.00

Are your employees already AWS members?

AWS will pro-rate your company's dues if there are employees with current AWS individual memberships. Call the AWS Membership Department at 800.443.9353.

Sustaining Primary Benefit Options

What is a Primary Benefit?

A Primary Benefit is exclusive to Sustaining Company Members and is selected when a company becomes a Sustaining Company Member.

Each Sustaining Company Member can select one Primary Benefit from the options listed below

Primary Benefit Options

10 additional roster members (No additional charge.)

  • Each SCM includes 10 roster memberships. Selection of this option as a Primary Benefit adds an additional 10 members to a corporate member’s roster
  • Roster memberships are owned by the company and can be reassigned at any time while the SCM membership is active
  • Roster members receive the same benefits as AWS Individual Members
    • Welding Journal subscription
    • Access to AWS Member Network
    • Discounts on AWS Conferences, Seminars, Online Learning, Certifications and Bookstore purchases
    • Assignment to local AWS Section

AWS Standards eLibrary for Sustaining Company Members (No additional charge.)

  • Currently over 160 AWS Standards valued at $15,000

  • Contains the same AWS Standards included in the Hard Copy version

  • Updates are added automatically when they become available

  • Multiple user access through a single IP address

  • Searchable Text for quick information retrieval

AWS Standards Hard Copy Library for Sustaining Company Members (Includes additional charge.)

  • Contains the same AWS Standards included in the electronic version

  • Currently over 160 AWS Standards valued at $15,000

  • Updated offered twice annually

  • Access to the AWS Standards eLibrary for Sustaining Company Members can be included at no additional charge.

  • Additional Fees

    • One-time fee of $2,020, inclusive of shipping and handling, to receive the initial hard copy library and updates during the first year. (The fee for members outside of North America is $2,420.)
      AWS Sustaining Company Member Publication List 

    • Optional annual $350 library fee paid in conjunction with the annual Sustaining Company Membership dues renewal to be eligible to select updates during that membership year.  (The annual fee for members outside of North America is $450.)

    • Hard copy library update selections can only be made during the Spring and Fall selection windows and can only be selected from the current list of updates. Publications from missed selections can be purchased using the Sustaining member 40% discount.

Workforce Recruitment

Find your next star employee at  Once you create an account you can post open positions, and review resumes from available candidates.  Posting internships is FREE for a 60 day posting.

Sustaining Company Members receive a 50% on job postings in April and October of each year. (Contact AWS for discount code to take advantage of this benefit.)

AWS Industry Partner Membership

AWS Sustaining Company Members have the opportunity to join the following industry partner groups. A separate application and membership fee is required. Details are avaialble on each group's webpage.

International Thermal Spray Association (ITSA)

The International Thermal Spray Association, a Standing Committee of the American Welding Society, is a professional industrial association dedicated to expanding the use of thermal spray technologies for the benefit of industry and society.

The association is closely interwoven with the history of thermal spray development. Founded in 1948 as “Metallizing Service Contractors,” the International Thermal Spray Association has been closely tied to virtually all major advances in thermal spray technology, equipment and materials, industry events, education, standards, and market development in North and South America.

A company-member industrial association, ITSA invites all interested potential member companies to talk with our officers, committee members, and company representatives to better understand member benefits.

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Resistance Welding Manufacturing Alliance (RWMA)

RWMA is an active network of industry professionals that advances resistance welding technologies, supports the highest technical standards for the industry and shares best practices amongst all its members in order to shape the future of our industry for the next generation. Promoting the technology by educating the manufacturing community in documented processes, standards and advancements are critical to keeping resistance welding at the forefront of automotive, aerospace and industrial manufacturing.

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Welding Equipment Manufacturers Committee (WEMCO)

Since 1996 WEMCO, an Association of Welding Manufacturers, and standing committee of AWS has been committed to providing a common voice to the welding industry, government bodies and technical organizations worldwide. Today, this influential association represents manufacturers making products for welding processes and applications. It also provides invaluable resources to the welding industry end-users, distributors, and other manufacturers.

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Lands' End

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