Everyday, and especially during National Welding Month, MATHESON encourages its partners, suppliers, and customers to be active in taking steps to find and nurture welding skills in today’s American youth.

The partnership was created in recognition of April being National Welding Month in the United States.

National Welding Month is an opportunity to pay tribute to the professional welders who help build America every day.

In a video posted on the AWS Website, 2012 AWS President Bill Rice says, “It is my goal to make national welding month a time for everyone to recognise the contributions to our lives and to our future generations.”

The United States Bureau of Labour Statistics estimates that career opportunities for trained welders will be growing through 2020.

National Welding Month is a call to action for everyone in the field of welding to find ways to develop and support the next generation of professional welders through training, mentoring, internships, and entry-level employment.

As part of its commitment, MATHESON donates time, materials and expertise at vocational schools, community colleges, and technical institutes across the country providing demonstrations and helping to judge competitions.

As Howard Hubert, Senior Vice President of MATHESON’s Packaged Gas Division commented, “Working with welding education is important to help to rebuild our skills base for the manufacturing industry in the United States.”

“Individuals should see welding as an essential, challenging, and creative professional skill that is important for the future of our country. In addition to pursuing a career as a professional welder, there are also many employment opportunities in a large number of welding and manufacturing support roles.”

“We see a great need for professional welders in all aspects of industry, providing a great career choice for those individuals with the interest and drive.”