Technical Committees & Standards Program
Standards are paramount to the infrastructure that makes up our modern civilization. In the welding industry, they ensure uniformity across all platforms, providing engineers with the proper specifications needed to develop quality designs and fabrications. At the heart of these standards are technical committees. They steer the propulsion for innovation through all the processes of the welding industry.
The Technical Activities Committee (TAC) oversees the AWS standards development program. AWS standards are developed in technical committees that are classified according to the following types:
BInspection and Qualification
FSafety and Health
The International Standards Activities Committee (ISAC) oversees AWS activities input into international standards activities.
ANSI Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) Z49, Safety in Welding and Cutting, is administered by AWS and produces the document ANSI Z49.1, Safety in Welding, Cutting and Allied Processes.
Become a Skilled Tradeperson
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.