Supporting the Pursuit of Metal Working and Manufacturing Careers

The future forever rests on the shoulders of the young. Encouraging their development rests on ours — and when we work together, greater possibilities become reality.

The AWS Foundation supports programs to ensure the growth and development of the welding industry through research and educational opportunities. Our industry depends upon education that prepares the next generation to meet the challenges ahead.

The mission of the PMA Educational Foundation is to enhance the supply of skilled workers by supporting and developing training and education programs and by improving the public image and awareness of careers in metalforming.

Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs® (NBT) is the Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA). NBT is inspiring the next generation of manufacturers, inventors and entrepreneurs through its summer manufacturing camp and scholarship programs. Helping individuals discover the passion for making things is the core purpose of the foundation.

The SME Education Foundation works to foster strong partnerships with corporations, foundations and educators to inspire, prepare and support students for careers in manufacturing.

CCAI is a technical and professional organization that provides information & training on surface coating technologies. We are a universally recognized resource for education, training and networking for individuals and organizations to successfully compete in the industrial finishing & coating industry.

How Can Students Engage with the AWS Foundation?
The AWS Foundation awards over $700,000 annually in scholarships to students enrolled in vocational schools, community/technical colleges, and universities. The online application system is open from November 15 – February 15. Student can find additional information and the scholarship application can be found online.

Our Workforce Development web page provides extensive links to career and resource information, which is ideal for students, instructors and professionals. Follow the link to CareersInWelding.com for important details about different types of welding jobs, salaries, schools and more.

AWS offers a student membership that provides students with a monthly digitized subscription to our award-winning Welding Journal, access to members-only educational resources, updates on newest products & technology, and discounts on AWS publications & code books. Student members may also participate in local section activities gaining valuable networking opportunities to help launch his/her career.

How Can Companies and Individuals Support your Efforts?
The AWS Foundation website is set up to support donations of any amount.

Of special note is the AWS Local Welding Scholarship Training Program (visit our Scholarships page). Donations with a minimum of $15,000 will be matched dollar for dollar by AWS, establishing a $30,000 endowment. Each year, a scholarship award of $1,500 (5% of endowment) will be awarded to a student who meets the criteria established by the donor. The primary focus of this scholarship is to support students enrolled in welding programs in the donor’s market area.

Why Are Educational Efforts Essential?
The demand for skilled welding professionals is constantly growing. By 2025, our nation’s workforce will need over 400,000 welders to satisfy the demands of several industries. To help fill this need, the AWS Foundation is doing its part to promote the industry and build a skilled workforce.

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How Can Students Engage with PMA?
The Center for Metalforming Careers (C4MC) is powered by the Precision Metalforming Association Educational Foundation. The C4MC provides industry resources that highlight metalforming as an outstanding career option, as well as MFG Day resources to assist companies in hosting events to showcase the manufacturing industry.

How Can Companies and Individuals Support your Efforts?
We have been a proud sponsor of Manufacturing Day since its inception in 2012, and we encourage all manufacturers to become involved. MFG Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Hundreds of organizations will host plant tours and other informational sessions to spread the word about the exciting and rewarding career opportunities available in the industry. We encourage you to join with other metalforming companies and manufacturers across the country to connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the industry. Visit our MFG Day page to access resources that can help you carry out a successful event.

Why Are All of these Efforts Essential?

    Together, PMA Educational Foundation and the metalforming industry have made significant progress in delivering solutions to its workforce development needs by:
  • Developing curriculum skill assessments and training materials
  • Creating relationships between PMA Districts and local schools and workforce development providers
  • Funding programs companies can replicate to elevate the skilled workforce able to meet changing industry demands
  • Developing national skill standards through the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), a national credentialing system for critical skilled metalforming jobs that helps a prospective employee seek a long-term industry career
  • Creating the Student Ambassador Program and funding for the Center for Metalforming Careers

These initiatives have improved the perception of the industry to grow and improve the skills of today’s talent pool.

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How Can Students Engage with NUTS, BOLTS & THINGAMAJIGS?
Since 1990, NBT has awarded scholarships to students enrolled in programs that lead to careers in manufacturing. Scholarships are awarded in the spring and fall of each year. Application deadlines are September 30 for spring term awards and March 31 for fall term awards.

Summer camps have been a successful way of introducing middle- and high-school students to the fascinating, high-tech career choices available to them in today’s advanced manufacturing industry. Campers design and build a product with their hands, experiencing the start-to-finish satisfaction of creating something they can show off with pride. Throughout the process, they learn CAD design and operate various kinds of manufacturing machinery under the close supervision of expert trainers.

Students can find a variety of tools in the Student Resources Center:

 

How Can Companies and Individuals Support your Efforts?
Give a Gift: NBT relies on the generosity of corporations, foundations, and individuals like you to develop and fund programs that inspire, prepare, and support tomorrow's manufacturing workforce. Make a cash contribution to support a scholarship or manufacturing camp at a school near you, ask your employer if they have a matching gifts program, donate items or services to a silent auction, participate in NBT fundraisers, or be creative and host a fundraising event in your area to benefit NBT.

You can also contribute your time by volunteering as a camp mentor or guest speaker, or by serving as a scholarship application reviewer.

Why Are All of these Efforts Essential?
Companies in the manufacturing sector all have a challenge moving forward – finding qualified workers to staff companies so they can thrive well into the future. This is not an easy task when the skilled labor shortage is so acute already, and it is getting worse each year. NBT is having a positive impact by influencing how the next generation of workers views the manufacturing industry and encouraging tomorrow’s workforce to pursue manufacturing careers.

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What Is the Mission of SME and PRIME?
The SME Education Foundation works to foster strong partnerships with corporations, foundations, and educators to inspire, prepare and support students for careers in manufacturing.

This collaborative approach to manufacturing education is exemplified by the Foundation’s award-winning PRIME® (Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education) program that is helping to address the growing skills gap crisis impacting manufacturers by building awareness among high school students of manufacturing career pathways and providing them with knowledge, skills and hands-on technical training.

PRIME begins with tailored and consultative engagement with regional manufacturers to identify their current and future workforce development needs. The SME Education Foundation then works with local school districts to design and implement customized educational programs to meet these requirements. With the financial and in-kind support of manufacturers, PRIME students gain access to: industry-relevant equipment, technologies, and curricula in the classroom; options to earn industry credentials; and opportunities to participate in job shadowing, mentoring and internships.

How Can Students Engage with SME?
The SME Education Foundation awards several hundred scholarships annually to high school seniors, undergraduates, and graduate students pursuing degrees in manufacturing engineering, technologies and related fields at two- and four-year colleges. Scholarships range from $1000- $6000 and can be used for tuition, books or lab/course fees. Students may re-apply for these awards each year at smeeducationfoundation.org

In addition, the Foundation annually offers substantial scholarships to students with at least one parent or grandparent who has been an SME member in good standing for the last two years. The Family Scholarships include one (1) award in an amount of $40,000 and three (3) scholarships of $20,000 each, all payable over four years.

How Can Companies and Individuals Support Our Efforts?
A gift helps increase the pipeline of talented and successful young people for skilled careers in manufacturing. Companies can invest in their future manufacturing workforce by sponsoring the next PRIME school or creating an endowed scholarship fund. Individuals can support our educational programs through gifts of any amount and through planned giving options. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Please visit: smeeducationfoundation.org to learn more.

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How Can Students Engage with CCAI?
There are a wide variety of education opportunities and career paths in the finishing industry, and we have set up a student page on our website. Of special note is the Careers in Finishing brochure, which students can download, and especially note the CCAI scholarship information. CCAI has distributed more than $30,000 in scholarships to students in 2017.

We also have a student membership that allows our student members to participate in our chapters, gaining valuable education and networking through local events. In 2018, we also plan to launch an intern/mentorship program, so be sure to check our website for updates later this year.

How Can Companies and Individuals Support your Efforts?
There are a variety of ways companies and individuals can engage in supporting student efforts. First would be for companies to open their doors and invite students and faculty members in to their plants to see finishing first hand as part of MFG Day (Oct. 6, 2017). They can get a chance to spray paint parts, see products finished and learn about career opportunities in manufacturing facilities.

Another is to engage local schools. It could be your neighborhood school, your children’s school, your school board, etc. to allow you to come in and give a presentation, such as a hands on demonstration of industrial finishing. Our industry makes things look GREAT and durable, so they last a long time. Introducing students to how really cool things are manufactured and painted can get them excited about learning more. We have an effort afoot to take presentations and offer field trips to schools.

Why Are All of these Efforts Essential?
We just returned from the American School Counselors convention, and it’s clear that very few schools are currently promoting pathways to careers in manufacturing. We have to begin engaging younger people (even in elementary school) to let them know that there are all kinds of career opportunities out there that they’ve never thought about. We can safely say that many of the people in our industry never new about our industry before they began working in it. In order for us to succeed and thrive, we have to get out there and let kids know about the broad range of opportunities in American manufacturing.

Want to get involved with schools in your area?
Contact Bruce Bryan at 859-356-1030

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  • How Can Students Engage with the AWS Foundation?
    The AWS Foundation awards over $700,000 annually in scholarships to students enrolled in vocational schools, community/technical colleges, and universities. The online application system is open from November 15 – February 15. Student can find additional information and the scholarship application can be found online.

    Our Workforce Development web page provides extensive links to career and resource information, which is ideal for students, instructors and professionals. Follow the link to CareersInWelding.com for important details about different types of welding jobs, salaries, schools and more.

    AWS offers a student membership that provides students with a monthly digitized subscription to our award-winning Welding Journal, access to members-only educational resources, updates on newest products & technology, and discounts on AWS publications & code books. Student members may also participate in local section activities gaining valuable networking opportunities to help launch his/her career.

    How Can Companies and Individuals Support your Efforts?
    The AWS Foundation website is set up to support donations of any amount.

    Of special note is the AWS Local Welding Scholarship Training Program (visit our Scholarships page). Donations with a minimum of $15,000 will be matched dollar for dollar by AWS, establishing a $30,000 endowment. Each year, a scholarship award of $1,500 (5% of endowment) will be awarded to a student who meets the criteria established by the donor. The primary focus of this scholarship is to support students enrolled in welding programs in the donor’s market area.

    Why Are Educational Efforts Essential?
    The demand for skilled welding professionals is constantly growing. By 2025, our nation’s workforce will need over 400,000 welders to satisfy the demands of several industries. To help fill this need, the AWS Foundation is doing its part to promote the industry and build a skilled workforce.

    STUDENT INFORMATION
    MAKE A CONTRIBUTION
    VISIT WEBSITE

  • How Can Students Engage with PMA?
    The Center for Metalforming Careers (C4MC) is powered by the Precision Metalforming Association Educational Foundation. The C4MC provides industry resources that highlight metalforming as an outstanding career option, as well as MFG Day resources to assist companies in hosting events to showcase the manufacturing industry.

    How Can Companies and Individuals Support your Efforts?
    We have been a proud sponsor of Manufacturing Day since its inception in 2012, and we encourage all manufacturers to become involved. MFG Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Hundreds of organizations will host plant tours and other informational sessions to spread the word about the exciting and rewarding career opportunities available in the industry. We encourage you to join with other metalforming companies and manufacturers across the country to connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the industry. Visit our MFG Day page to access resources that can help you carry out a successful event.

    Why Are All of these Efforts Essential?

      Together, PMA Educational Foundation and the metalforming industry have made significant progress in delivering solutions to its workforce development needs by:
    • Developing curriculum skill assessments and training materials
    • Creating relationships between PMA Districts and local schools and workforce development providers
    • Funding programs companies can replicate to elevate the skilled workforce able to meet changing industry demands
    • Developing national skill standards through the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), a national credentialing system for critical skilled metalforming jobs that helps a prospective employee seek a long-term industry career
    • Creating the Student Ambassador Program and funding for the Center for Metalforming Careers

    These initiatives have improved the perception of the industry to grow and improve the skills of today’s talent pool.

    STUDENT INFORMATION
    MAKE A CONTRIBUTION
    VISIT WEBSITE

  • How Can Students Engage with NUTS, BOLTS & THINGAMAJIGS?
    Since 1990, NBT has awarded scholarships to students enrolled in programs that lead to careers in manufacturing. Scholarships are awarded in the spring and fall of each year. Application deadlines are September 30 for spring term awards and March 31 for fall term awards.

    Summer camps have been a successful way of introducing middle- and high-school students to the fascinating, high-tech career choices available to them in today’s advanced manufacturing industry. Campers design and build a product with their hands, experiencing the start-to-finish satisfaction of creating something they can show off with pride. Throughout the process, they learn CAD design and operate various kinds of manufacturing machinery under the close supervision of expert trainers.

    Students can find a variety of tools in the Student Resources Center:

    How Can Companies and Individuals Support your Efforts?


    Give a Gift: NBT relies on the generosity of corporations, foundations, and individuals like you to develop and fund programs that inspire, prepare, and support tomorrow's manufacturing workforce. Make a cash contribution to support a scholarship or manufacturing camp at a school near you, ask your employer if they have a matching gifts program, donate items or services to a silent auction, participate in NBT fundraisers, or be creative and host a fundraising event in your area to benefit NBT.

    You can also contribute your time by volunteering as a camp mentor or guest speaker, or by serving as a scholarship application reviewer.

    Why Are All of these Efforts Essential?
    Companies in the manufacturing sector all have a challenge moving forward – finding qualified workers to staff companies so they can thrive well into the future. This is not an easy task when the skilled labor shortage is so acute already, and it is getting worse each year. NBT is having a positive impact by influencing how the next generation of workers views the manufacturing industry and encouraging tomorrow’s workforce to pursue manufacturing careers.

    STUDENT INFORMATION
    MAKE A CONTRIBUTION
    VISIT WEBSITE

  • What Is the Mission of SME and PRIME?
    The SME Education Foundation works to foster strong partnerships with corporations, foundations, and educators to inspire, prepare and support students for careers in manufacturing.

    This collaborative approach to manufacturing education is exemplified by the Foundation’s award-winning PRIME® (Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education) program that is helping to address the growing skills gap crisis impacting manufacturers by building awareness among high school students of manufacturing career pathways and providing them with knowledge, skills and hands-on technical training.

    PRIME begins with tailored and consultative engagement with regional manufacturers to identify their current and future workforce development needs. The SME Education Foundation then works with local school districts to design and implement customized educational programs to meet these requirements. With the financial and in-kind support of manufacturers, PRIME students gain access to: industry-relevant equipment, technologies, and curricula in the classroom; options to earn industry credentials; and opportunities to participate in job shadowing, mentoring and internships.

    How Can Students Engage with SME?
    The SME Education Foundation awards several hundred scholarships annually to high school seniors, undergraduates, and graduate students pursuing degrees in manufacturing engineering, technologies and related fields at two- and four-year colleges. Scholarships range from $1000- $6000 and can be used for tuition, books or lab/course fees. Students may re-apply for these awards each year at smeeducationfoundation.org

    In addition, the Foundation annually offers substantial scholarships to students with at least one parent or grandparent who has been an SME member in good standing for the last two years. The Family Scholarships include one (1) award in an amount of $40,000 and three (3) scholarships of $20,000 each, all payable over four years.

    How Can Companies and Individuals Support Our Efforts?
    A gift helps increase the pipeline of talented and successful young people for skilled careers in manufacturing. Companies can invest in their future manufacturing workforce by sponsoring the next PRIME school or creating an endowed scholarship fund. Individuals can support our educational programs through gifts of any amount and through planned giving options. Your support is greatly appreciated.

    Please visit: smeeducationfoundation.org to learn more.

    STUDENT INFORMATION
    MAKE A CONTRIBUTION
    VISIT WEBSITE

  • How Can Students Engage with CCAI?
    There are a wide variety of education opportunities and career paths in the finishing industry, and we have set up a student page on our website. Of special note is the Careers in Finishing brochure, which students can download, and especially note the CCAI scholarship information.

    We also have a student membership that allows our student members to participate in our chapters, gaining valuable education and networking through local events. In 2018, we also plan to launch an intern/mentorship program, so be sure to check our website for updates later this year.

    How Can Companies and Individuals Support your Efforts?
    There are a variety of ways companies and individuals can engage in supporting student efforts. First would be for companies to open their doors and invite students and faculty members in to their plants to see finishing first hand as part of MFG Day

    Another is to engage local schools. It could be your neighborhood school, your children’s school, your school board, etc. to allow you to come in and give a presentation, such as a hands on demonstration of industrial finishing. Our industry makes things look GREAT and durable, so they last a long time. Introducing students to how really cool things are manufactured and painted can get them excited about learning more. We have an effort afoot to take presentations and offer field trips to schools.

    Why Are All of these Efforts Essential?
    We just returned from the American School Counselors convention, and it’s clear that very few schools are currently promoting pathways to careers in manufacturing. We have to begin engaging younger people (even in elementary school) to let them know that there are all kinds of career opportunities out there that they’ve never thought about. We can safely say that many of the people in our industry never new about our industry before they began working in it. In order for us to succeed and thrive, we have to get out there and let kids know about the broad range of opportunities in American manufacturing.

    STUDENT INFORMATION
    MAKE A CONTRIBUTION
    VISIT WEBSITE

Paley-James Project Sculptures Unveiled

Two Artists Work as One for a Very Skilled Cause

The results of an extraordinary, one-of-a-kind collaboration debuted at FABTECH 2017. Jesse James of Monster Garage fame and world-renowned sculpture artist Albert Paley used their diverse styles to work together for a great cause. Each artist started one of the sculptures and finished the other to form two unique works.

Own a piece of history from this memorable collaboration. The sculptures are available for purchase through Wright Now. All proceeds will support grants and educational opportunities for students in the metalworking trades through the educational foundations of the FABTECH show co-sponsors: AWS, CCAI, FMA, PMA and SME.

Purchase information is available here.

Raiden is a combination of lacquered steel and copper. It was started by Albert Paley and finished by Jesse James.

Ambiguous Equation is a combination of steel, copper, aluminum and stainless steel. It was started by Jesse James and finished by Albert Paley.

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Paley-James Project Sculptures Unveiled

Two Artists Work as One for a Very Skilled Cause

The results of an extraordinary, one-of-a-kind collaboration debuted at FABTECH 2017. Jesse James of Monster Garage fame and world-renowned sculpture artist Albert Paley used their diverse styles to work together for a great cause. Each artist started one of the sculptures and finished the other to form two unique pieces.

The two works will be sold at auction through Wright Auction House on November 17. All proceeds will support grants and educational opportunities for students in the metalworking trades through the educational foundations of the FABTECH show co-sponsors: AWS, CCAI, FMA, PMA and SME.

Information on how to participate in the auction is available here.

Raiden is a combination of lacquered steel and copper. It was started by Albert Paley and finished by Jesse James.

Ambiguous Equation is a combination of steel, copper, aluminum and stainless steel. It was started by Jesse James and finished by Albert Paley.

Paley-James Project Video Gallery:
See the project from the beginning and learn more about the artists’ unique styles with behind-the-scenes videos. An hour-long documentary of the collaborative experience will premiere in early 2018.

  • Paley-James Project
  • Material & Process
  • Forging
  • Welding
  • Emotion
  • Art is Challenging
  • Visualizing
  • Industrial Arts
  • Process Design
  • Documentation
  • Trailer

Six Semi-Finalists
Selected in “WeldItForward”
Student Contest

To support welding programs at both the high school and post-secondary school levels, ESAB is running the WeldItForward Student Contest. Renowned artist Albert Paley and Jesse James of Monster Garage announced the six semi-finalists live from FABTECH 2017. The selected schools will now form teams and compete in a metal fabrication project for the chance to stock their shop with ESAB equipment. Click to watch the announcement, read the winning essays and see updates from Phase 2. Click to learn more.

Six Semi-Finalists
Selected in “WeldItForward”
Student Contest

To support welding programs at both the high school and post-secondary school levels, ESAB is running the WeldItForward Student Contest. Renowned artist Albert Paley and Jesse James of Monster Garage announced the six semi-finalists live from FABTECH 2017. The selected schools will now form teams and compete in a metal fabrication project for the chance to stock their shop with ESAB equipment. Click to watch the announcement, read the winning essays and see updates from Phase 2.
Click to learn more, and for entry information