Join a Committee
Volunteers on AWS Technical Committees provide the knowledge to develop standards and other technical publications to serve the ever-changing welding industry. With more than 1,500 volunteers and 200 AWS technical committees, subcommittees, and task groups dedicated to the development of consensus standards, there is an opportunity for everyone to contribute.
Contribute to the body of technical information which has provided professional expertise, authority, and stability to the welding industry through AWS since 1919.
Network with leading experts in the welding industry
Pave the way for the future of welding
Who can join?
Welding standards are written for our industry by our industry. Anyone with a range of experience is welcome to join. All committee members are categorized as either:
- General Interest
Volunteers work under rules approved by ANSI (The American National Standards Institute) to publish American National Standards on welding. AWS administers US technical advisory groups (TAGs) to ISO/TC44 (Welding and Allied Processes) and its subcommittees, as well as ISO/TC 167 (Steel and aluminium structures), and holds the secretariats of two ISO/TC44 subcommittees and five working groups. AWS is also the Authorized National Body (ANB) for Company Certification (ANBCC) to the International Institute of Welding (IIW).
Those interested in actively participating on any AWS Technical Committee are encouraged to do so. Please complete the online Technical Committee Membership Application.
A Standing Committee is any continuing Society committee created by the Board of Directors and reporting either directly to the Board of Directors or through a Functional Council or through the Executive Committee. The Technical Activities Committee (TAC), Qualification and Certification Committee (Q&C), and Safety and Health Committee (SHC) are Standing Committees that are responsible for the creation of ANSI Standards and report to the AWS Standards Council and AWS Board of Directors.
For additional information on the above-mentioned Standing Committees, please refer to the Membership & Duties Statement to review their membership criteria and term limits.