Victor Technologies launches contest for studentsClick image to enlargeVictor Technologies has launched it's "A Cut Above" 2014 student cutting and welding contest that will award more than $3000 in equipment in and cash prizes.

The contest is open to students in cutting, welding and related programs (e.g. Ag Mechanics) at secondary and post secondary schools. The contest is open to students who are residents of Canada (except Quebec) and the US.

Three beginner students will each win $250 by submitting a 500-word essay that the judges deem to best support the contest theme. Judges will also choose three advanced student winning teams, and each member of the winning team wins $500; advanced students will submit a team metal fabrication project that incorporates an oxy-fuel, air-fuel or plasma cutting process.

Further, the each of the schools associated with the winners at their time of entry will receive the following prize package, valued at more than $4,000:

· One (1) Victor Medalist 250Medium Duty Cutting System

· One (1) Victor Thermal Dynamics Cutmasterä 42 Air Plasma Cutting Outfit

· One (1) Tweco Fabricator 211i3-in-1 Stick-MIG-TIG Welding Machine Kit

· Two (2) Tweco 4-sensor auto-darkening welding helmets

Entries are accepted now through October 31, 2014, with rules and entry forms available at www.victortechnologies.com/acutabove.

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