About the FABTECH Education Program
The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Int’l (FMA), SME (formerly known as Society of Manufacturing Engineers), Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), American Welding Society (AWS) and Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI), co-sponsor the sessions on cutting, laser, finishing, forming & fabricating, management, job shop solutions, lean, automation, stamping, workforce development, and additive manufacturing. All sessions are two hours in length, offering practical knowledge you can use right away. Sessions with Tech Tours combine classroom instruction followed by expert-led guided tours on the show floor to see technology operating in designated booths.
The American Welding Society (AWS) presents a comprehensive lineup of welding education. Led by the industry’s top professionals, programs focus on best practices and new commercial developments in welding and thermal spray. Events include conferences, seminars, RWMA Resistance Welding School, professional program, society events, and more.
Continuing Education Credits
Individuals who attend AWS education programs are awarded 1 PDH (Professional Development Hour) for each hour of education program attendance. Individuals seeking FMA Recertification Credits will be awarded 2 credits for each conference session attended (forming & fabricating, cutting, or finishing tracks) plus an additional 2 credits for attending the show. Individuals who attend SME education programs may be eligible to receive one credit per hour attended toward their SME-managed recertification requirements.
FABTECH Education Program Advisors
Anthony Manos, CEO, President, 5S Supply
Geoff Shannon, PhD , Manager, Advanced Technology, Amada Miyachi America, Inc
Neil S. Ball, President , Directed Light Inc.
SME ILC (Industrial Laser Committee)
Carl Dekker, President, Met-L-Flo, Inc.
Jim Colt, Applications Technology Manager, Hypertherm
Bob Rochelle, Territory Sales Manager – South East, Güdel Inc.
FMA and SME Management Councils
Workforce Development Track:
John Hindman, Manager Learning Services, Tooling U-SME
CCAI Education Committee
PMA Technical Seminar & Conference Task Force
Conference Development Managers
For Questions, contact an education representative.
Email: Martica Ventura
Forming & Fabricating including Press Brake, Punch Press,
Roll Forming and Coil Processing,
Management, Tube & Pipe
Email: Ashly Lantz
888-394-4362 Ext. 204
Laser, Cutting, Forming & Fabricating,
Lean Principles and Tools, Management,
Additive Manufacturing, Automation
Ila (Lundgren) Lee
Email: Ila (Lundgren) Lee
Stamping and Metalforming
Email: Marianne Sichi
216-901-8800 ext. 150
Email: Kelly LeCount