AWS - Technical Services

Welcome to AWS Technical Services

The AWS Technical Services Division oversees the development, maintenance, and publication of over 300 standards (codes, specifications, recommended practices, methods, classifications and guides) and other technical documents.

AWS standards are supported by volunteers who specialize in various industries and processes: structural, aerospace, railroad, automotive, robotics, shipbuilding and marine, bridges, heavy equipment, piping and tubing, sheet metal, brazing, soldering, plastics, thermal spray, welding product manufacturers, and general applications. AWS also publishes numerous standards and publications on safety and health in welding.

Our publications are developed through a consensus process that brings together over 1,500 volunteers representing varied viewpoints and interests in our 200+ committees, subcommittees, and task groups.

AWS Bookstore
Browse, preview, and purchase AWS standards and publications by visiting:

AWS 2014 Catalog  - Available for Free Download
46-page catalog of AWS standards and publications.

Free Publications

ANSI Z49.1:2012  - Available for Free Download
The American Welding Society's Board of Directors has authorized free electronic distribution of the current ANSI Z49.1, Safety in Welding, Cutting, and Allied Processes. The board decided this important voluntary welding safety and health standards document should receive the widest distribution possible and has directed that Z49.1-2012 be made available for free download. Print copies will continue to be available for purchase at

Safety and Health Fact Sheets - Available for Free Download
Thirty AWS safety and health fact sheets are available for download.

AWS B2.1-BMG  - Available for Free Download
This document provides the AWS base metal grouping for welding procedure and performance qualification and is identical to base metal grouping annex found in the latest version of AWS B2.1/B2.1. Print copies are available for purchase at

To submit material for B2 consideration fill out the New Materials Submission Form in EXCEL or PDF and return to Jennifer Rosario, B2 Committee Standards Program Manager.

Sample Forms from AWS Standards

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AWS Technical Committees and Standards Program
An overview of AWS technical committees, their work programs and missions with the opportunity to comment on published AWS standards.

Join an AWS Technical Committee Today
Influence the standards, network with peers, gain valuable insight into the codes, and learn from other members

Technical Committees Staff Assignments
A listing of all technical committees and staff assignments

Technical Calendar
Upcoming Committee Meetings: AWS technical committee meetings are open to the public. Persons wishing to attend a meeting should contact the staff secretary of the committee as listed below at:
American Welding Society
8669 NW 36 Street, Suite 130
Miami, FL 33166
Telephone (800) 443-9353, (305) 443-9353.

Technical Forums
Post a question related to AWS publications on the Technical Bulletin Board of the AWS Online Forum. Please remember that these postings are the opinions and comments of specific individuals, and may not reflect the position of AWS. Procedures and processes posted, as well as any advice given, are not sanctioned by AWS, and AWS makes no representation or warranty as to their validity, nor is AWS liable for any injury or harm arising from such entries or from reliance on any entries. Readers should independently verify the validity of entries prior to placing any reliance thereof.