Savannah Technical College joins American Welding Society as an Educational Institution Member

SAVANNAH – Savannah Technical College has joined the American Welding Society as an Educational Institution Member for 2011. The American Welding Society (AWS) was founded in 1919 as a multifaceted, nonprofit organization with a goal to advance the science, technology and application of welding and related joining disciplines. AWS serves more than 66,000 members worldwide. Membership consists of engineers, scientists, educators, researchers, welders, inspectors, welding foremen, company executives and officers, and corporate members including welding manufactures, independent welding shops, distributorship, end-users, educational institutions and more. Member interests include automatic, semi-automatic and manual welding, as well as brazing, soldering, ceramics, lamination, robotics, and welding safety and health.

Savannah Technical College offers diploma and certificates in Welding and Joining Technology including Flat Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding. Students who complete the diploma are eligible for x-ray certification, signifying the soundness of their welding skills. “Companies spend large amounts of money every year to certify welders to work for them, “says Bill Burns, STC Welding Department Head. “They feel better about hiring someone that has been certified and will be willing to invest the money to help them maintain their certification.”

The college currently has more than 100 students enrolled in welding classes and an active student chapter of AWS. The program enjoys strong industry partnerships to support welding graduates.

For information about welding programs at Savannah Technical College, contact Bill Burns or 912.443.5863.






Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 10,000 credit and non-credit students annually, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Professional Services, Industrial Technology, and Health Sciences in addition to Adult Education classes, industry-specific training and continuing education. The College serves as an economic and community development partner for the region, offering corporate and customized training and assessment programs for business and industry.

Savannah Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit. Questions about the accreditation of Savannah Technical College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (