Miami – The American Welding Society (AWS) and WEMCO has named Lincoln Electric’s Director of Marketing Phillip Wittke to serve as chair of its Image of Welding Committee. This high-profile committee is part of the Welding Equipment Manufacturers Committee (WEMCO), a standing committee of AWS.
The Image of Welding Committee serves as a catalyst and thought leader in driving industry efforts to raise the overall profile of welding as a career and communicate to potential candidates the numerous opportunities that exist.
“There are a myriad of issues affecting the availability of skilled workers in the welding industry – baby boomers are aging, displaced workers need retraining opportunities and generation Y (millennials) are looking for cool, technology-driven career choices,” Wittke says.
“These factors are combined with common misconceptions in the work place about what a welding career looks like. In my new role, I look forward to working with the committee and its respective strategic partners to implement strategic programs and initiatives that will raise the positive profile of welding and make it a desirable career choice.”
In addition to serving as chair of the Image of Welding Committee, Wittke will also serve as a member of WEMCO’s executive board.
Wittke has more than 24 years of experience in the welding industry in five different countries. He joined Lincoln Electric in 2001 as managing director, Greater China, responsible for the day-to-day management of Lincoln’s operations in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Prior to joining Lincoln, he held various management and technical positions in Australia, Indonesia and Thailand in the welding industry.
He holds a master’s of business administration degree from Henley Management College at Brunel University in London and a number of welding related qualifications.
The American Welding Society (AWS) was founded in 1919 as a multifaceted, nonprofit organization with a mission to advance the science, technology and application of welding and allied joining and cutting processes, including brazing, soldering and thermal spraying. Headquartered in Miami, and led by a volunteer organization of officers and directors, AWS serves more than 63,000 members worldwide and is composed of 22 Districts with 250 Sections and student chapters. For more information, visit the society’s website at www.aws.org and click on “Press Room.”
The Welding Equipment Manufacturers Committee (WEMCO) is a standing committee of the American Welding Society. The committee is compromised of executives from welding industry suppliers to promote the welding equipment market. Enhancing the image of welding as a critical industry is amongst their priority programs. For more information on WEMCO membership and benefits, visit the committees website at www.aws.org/wemco.
About Lincoln Electric
The Lincoln Electric Company, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, fume control systems and plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment. The company holds a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market. For more information, visit www.lincolnelectric.com.