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SDO: American Welding Society


Primary Contact

Andrew Davis
Managing Director, Technical Services Division
550 NW LeJeune Road
Miami, FL 33126
Phone: 305.443.9353
Fax: 305.443.5951

Organizational Overview

The American Welding Society (AWS) was founded in 1919 as a multifaceted, nonprofit organization with a mission to advance the science, technology and application of welding and allied joining and cutting processes, including brazing, soldering, and thermal spraying. Headquartered in Miami, Florida, AWS is supported by a staff of more than 100 professionals and serves nearly 53,000 members worldwide, including more than 7,000 international members. AWS is led by a volunteer organization of officers and directors, and is composed of 22 Districts with more than 160 local Sections throughout the US and the world. AWS continues to lead the way in supporting welding education and technology development to ensure a strong, competitive and exciting way of life for all Americans.

Scope of Standards Developing Activity

AWS develops standards for the following product scopes:

Over 1,400 professionals serve on more than 200 technical committees working under ANSI rules to develop consensus standards used by thousands of companies in the U.S. and elsewhere. AWS is accredited by ANSI to publish American National Standards on welding. AWS also administers the U.S. technical advisory groups (TAGs) to ISO/TC 44, Welding and Allied Processes, and most of the ISO/TC 44 subcommittees; and is the Authorized National Body to the International Institute of Welding (IIW). In addition, AWS holds the secretariats of two ISO/TC 44 subcommittees and a number of working groups.

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