There are several professional associations in Welding, Fabricating, and related fields. If you don't find one of interest here, contact a librarian to help find one on a specific topic of interest to you.
Manufacturer, Advanced Fabricated Metals, has created a lengthy and useful list of several professional and trade associations on their ASSOCIATIONS Web page.
Looking for welding jobs?
Start with these job banks:
Also see other links on the AWS Careers site:
In addition to searching library databases to find articles on particular topics, you will also be interested in using free, online periodicals.
The following periodicals from Fabricator.com require a subscription, but you can subscribe even if you are still a student to:
More free, online periodicals: