Education Program

FABTECH, North America’s largest metal forming. fabricating, welding and finishing event, offers an array of educational programs to enhance your career or business! With 100+ targeted technical, operational, economic and managerial sessions, you’ll discover the solutions you need to advance your career and your business. You’ll network with peers, learn from top industry experts, exchange best practices and explore the latest technology and advancements in the industry.

Call for Speakers


Share your technical knowledge, best practices, case studies and innovations with attendees at FABTECH 2016.

Now Open! Submit your abstract online by April 11.

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Registration Opens April 2016

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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, finishing, forming & fabricating, management, job shop solutions, automation & robotics, stamping, and tube & pipe. 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

Lean Track:
Anthony Manos, CEO, President, 5S Supply

Laser Track:
Geoff Shannon, PhD , Manager, Advanced Technology, Amada Miyachi America, Inc

Neil S. Ball, President , Directed Light Inc.

SME ILC (Industrial Laser Committee)

Additive Track:
Carl Dekker, President, Met-L-Flo, Inc.

Management Track:
FMA and SME Management Councils

Richard Kallage, Business Consultant, KDC & Associates, Ltd.

Workforce Development Track:
John Hindman, Manager Learning Services, Tooling U-SME

Finishing Track
CCAI Education Committee

Stamping Track
PMA Technical Seminar & Conference Task Force

Conference Development Managers

For Questions, contact an education representative.

Contact AWS,
Martica Ventura
Email: Martica Ventura

Forming & Fabricating, Management,
Tube & Pipe

Contact FMA,
Ashly Lantz
Email: Ashly Lantz
888-394-4362 Ext. 204

 Laser/Cutting, Forming & Fabricating,
Lean/Management, Additive Manufacturing for Fabricators
Contact SME,
Ila (Lundgren) Lee
Email: Ila (Lundgren) Lee

Finishing, Coating
Contact CCAI,
Kelly LeCount
Email: Kelly LeCount

Contact PMA,
Marianne Sichi
Email: Marianne Sichi