AWS Launches New Video Series

The American Welding Society (AWS), Miami, Fla., recently launched the AWS ARCademy video series.

AWS Publications | April 13, 2021 | AWS News and Calendar
Welding Digest ►  AWS Launches New Video Series

The American Welding Society (AWS), Miami, Fla., recently launched the AWS ARCademy video series.

AWS ARCademy will provide resources for those interested in taking the steps to educate themselves toward a welding career (Figure 1).

FIG 1Figure 1: The AWS ARCademy video series will cover topics such as how to use common workshop tools; understanding welding symbols; and the top five mistakes to avoid in gas tungsten arc, gas metal arc, and shielded metal arc welding.


Hosted by Joe Young and Stephanie Hoffman of the AWS Foundation, the series launched January 27 with a nearly 3-min episode discussing recommended personal protective equipment for welding and cutting processes. New videos on process-related topics and AWS products and solutions will be added regularly.

“Our main goal for these videos is to help those looking for some basic understanding of welding without overwhelming them,” said Hoffman, program manager, workforce development, AWS Foundation. “These videos are targeted training that is easy to follow.”

AWS ARCademy is designed for those looking to learn from home or those who do not have the time or money to commit to a full welding program. Young, senior manager, workforce development, AWS Foundation, said the new video series will make a positive impact on up-and-coming welders who are looking to polish their skills and expand their knowledge of welding.

For more information about the AWS ARCademy video series, visit

In addition, arc welding safety was recently recapped (Figure 2).

FIG 2Figure 2: Stephanie Hoffman shares arc welding safety tips in the new ARCademy episode. Here, she advises to check that your gas cylinder is secured to the cart and the regulator is free of leaks.


Titled “Arc Welding Safety,” the video features Hoffman discussing how to avoid potential hazards of arc welding.

In the 2-min video, which premiered in early February, Hoffman briefly covered topics such as inspecting welding equipment, keeping up with maintenance, ensuring proper ventilation, wearing the correct personal protective equipment, and more. She pointed out that these guidelines can be found in ANSI Z49.1, Safety in Welding, Cutting, and Allied Processes; this standard is available for free download at


This article was written by Alexandra Quiñones (associate editor of the Welding Journal) for the American Welding Society.