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ESAB Welding & Cutting has implemented three initiatives that will help support welding education in schools, including a welding contest open to schools in Canada and the US.

The WelditForward student and school contest, offers equipment, filler metal and cash prizes with a total retail value of more than $97.000 US. The contest has two phases, essay and fabricated metal project. From August 21 to October 9, schools in the United States and Canada (except Quebec) can enter an essay supporting the “Weld It Forward” contest theme. Judges will select six semi-finalists, comprised of three secondary schools and three post-secondary schools with a vocational or technical focus. ESAB will announce the winning schools via a Facebook Live event from FABTECH on November 7.

The six semi-finalist schools will receive a welding and cutting equipment package valued at more than $6,000, and teams of two to five students will create a fabricated metal project using this equipment. The sculptures will be judged online where photos of the sculptures will be displayed. The two winning schools, one secondary and one post-secondary, will receive a grand prize of $20,000 in ESAB equipment and filler metals. Every student involved on the winning teams will receive an ESAB Sentinel A50 auto-darkening welding helmet ($300+ retail value), and a $250 cash award.

ESAB is also involved with the Paley-James Project as an exclusive equipment sponsor. The project is a collaboration between Jesse James of West Coast Choppers fame and world renowned sculpture artist Albert Paley. Each artist will start one sculpture but finish the other. The works will be unveiled on November 6 at the FABTECH 2017 Exposition in Chicago and auctioned two weeks later. Proceeds will support grants, scholarships and educational opportunities created by the educational foundations of the five FABTECH co-sponsors: American Welding Society (AWS), Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI), Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA), Precision Metal Forming Association (PMA) and SME.

The third initiative is the Metal Mentors website.

“The Metal Mentors website is a single, collaborative content destination from six organizations that pay it forward to the next generation. The site links to financial, educational and informational resources,” says Shyam Kambeyanda, president, ESAB. “By working together, we create greater possibilities for supporting the skilled trades and manufacturing and engineering careers targeting secondary and post-secondary students in technical education, manufacturing and engineering programs.”


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