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American Welding Society Announces FABTECH 2021 Events

After almost two years of missed connections and collaborations, FABTECH 2021 convenes in Chicago, IL., on September 13-16, 2021. And the American Welding Society is pleased to announce its plans for the four-day event.

“We are excited to have an optimistic outlook for an in-person event for FABTECH 2021,” said Gary W. Konarska II, Executive Director & CEO.

Attendees looking to maintain their certification or earn PDHs towards their professional license can plan to attend the AWS Welding Track program. Led by industry experts, it focuses on best practices and new developments in the welding and manufacturing industry.

“We’re offering our world-class educational programming for you to learn from Subject Matter Experts on a variety of welding-related topics,” added Gary W. Konarska II. “AWS will also be showcasing its full suite of products and services to help the welding community, and I encourage you to stop by our booth to learn more about how AWS can support your personal and professional growth.”

Located at B25008, attendees can visit the AWS booth to learn about who we are, how we can help welders and welding professionals advance their careers through education and certification, how they can save on AWS products and services by becoming a member, and much more.

FABTECH attendees can also take advantage of big savings to stay updated with the latest publications by visiting the AWS Bookstore. Located at B27008, AWS is offering 40% off all AWS publications and toolkits, excluding replicas or third-party publications. Stop by early as supplies are limited.

While walking the show floor, we invite attendees to stop by the AWS Foundation’s Careers in Welding Mobile Exhibit located at the center of the Welding Pavilion and try their hand at virtual welding. Sponsored by Lincoln Electric, the 53-foot trailer will provide information about career opportunities in the welding field, as well as a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship. The trailer is also debuting “Metal Maiden,” a metal-art sculpture in the likeness of the Statue of Liberty, created by Stephanie Hoffman and Barbie the Welder as part of the AWS Arc 2 Art project.

In addition to the special events hosted by FABTECH, AWS is offering an after-hours networking event for young and seasoned professionals, panel discussions with expert panelists, and more. AWS also encourages attendees to watch as Jason Becker, host of the Arc Junkies podcast, broadcasts live from the AWS booth every morning throughout the show.

To learn more about AWS events taking place at FABTECH, visit



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