The Careers in Welding Mobile Exhibit will be at FABTECH in Chicago, IL September 13-16, 2021! Stop by and try your hand at the Lincoln Electric VRTEX virtual reality welding simulators. The person who receives the top score each day will receive a $1,000 welding scholarship.

Panel discussions, meet and greets, and networking events - featuring some of the biggest names in the welding industry - are happening. Check out the planned events below and be sure to visit us at Booth- B20084! Be sure to frequent this page for updates and details. 

We will see you in Chicago!



Tuesday, September 14, 8:30 am

We invite you to join Barbie the Welder and Stephanie Hoffman at the AWS Foundation's Career in Welding Exhibit for our Women in Welding Breakfast. On Tuesday, September 14, at 8:30 am, host Monica Pfarr, AWS Foundation Executive Director, and panelists will discuss trending topics related to women in the welding industry. Make sure to show up early, as the first 50 guests will receive a goodie bag.


Tuesday, September 14, from 6 pm to 9 pm

Claim your spot for the Arcs & Ales networking event on Tuesday, September 14, from 6 pm to 9 pm at the Northman Beer & Cider Garden. Brought to you by AWS, this can't miss event is where young and seasoned professionals gather for one great night of networking. Hosted by AWS' very own Stephanie Hoffman and Jason Becker from Arc Junkies Podcast, enjoy drink specials, network with colleagues between bites, and more.

Daily Panel Discussions


Why Would You Want To Get AWS Certified?

Monday, September 13th, 1:00 pm

Join us for a panel discussion around the benefits and career advantages that  earning an AWS Certified Welder credential can provide! Moderator Joe Young will be joined with panelists: 

  • Tom Limberis - Welder
  • Kirk Hooker - Underwater Welder
  • Chris Ewing - Welding Instructor
  • Neil Grundman - Fabrication Manager


Social Media and Welding

Tuesday, September 14, 1:00 pm

Join us for a panel discussion exploring how welding has been shaped by social media and hear from popular influencers about there journey! Moderator Jason Becker will be joined with panelists:

  • Stephanie Hoffman
  • Barbie the Welder
  • Nate Bowman
  • Tom Patsis

How to Start Your Own Welding Business

Wednesday, September 15th, 1:00 pm

Join us for a panel discussion about starting your own welding business! Hear from successful entrepreneurs that have forged their success in the welding industry. Moderator Stephanie Hoffman will be joined with panelists:

  • David Madero
  • Rae Ripple
  • Nick Bezates
  • John King 



Stop by the AWS booth every morning throughout the show for a special edition of the Arc Junkies Podcast. Broadcasting live, host Jason Becker and guests will discuss trending topics in the welding industry. Hang back after the discussion and meet some of your favorite social media influencers. Booth B25008

  • Monday 10:30 am with Nate Bowman
  • Tuesday 9:30 am with Rush Kane
  • Wednesday 9:30 am with Sean Flottmann