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American Welding Society Launches Career Readiness Course

While the demand for skilled workers is rising every day, the jobs landscape is also getting increasingly competitive. Therefore, professionals may not know what to expect upon leaving school or changing careers. The Career Readiness online course is designed to introduce the basic steps inherent to the hiring process, specific to the welding industry.

With the help of industry hiring managers, this self-paced online course is a powerful resource for anyone looking to begin their career in welding, reenter the workforce, or transition into a new role or field within the industry.

“Employers are treating the hiring process as an investment for the future, so simply being able to weld or operate a machine usually isn’t enough to stand out from the crowd,” said Alicia Garcia, Director of Education & Training. “We created the Career Readiness course to help individuals understand what employers are looking for, bolster those skills, and successfully begin a career in the trades.”

Participants will learn insights into best practices directly from industry hiring managers throughout this course. They’ll also learn how to position themselves to stand out as a top candidate. By the end of the course, they can confidently prepare cover letters, resumes, and prepare for an interview and bench test. Participants will also earn PDHs/CEUs upon completion.

In addition to Member and Nonmember course fees, Early Career Members receive special pricing. Visit for more information and to register.

About AWS: The American Welding Society is the worldwide authority in the development of standards, certifications and educational programming for the welding, allied joining and cutting community. We are a not-for-profit organization committed to connecting the welding industry to our extensive collection of resources, informing our of technological advancements and developing the next generation of welding professionals with the help of the AWS Foundation. AWS serves over 60,000 members worldwide, is composed of 22 Districts with 250 Sections and Student Chapters, and includes more than 1500 volunteers in over 200 technical committees, subcommittees and task groups. For more information, visit the American Welding Society’s website at



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