Hypertherm Powermax45 XP plasma cutterClick image to enlarge

Hypertherm is holding its "Spark Something Great" education grant program again in 2017. The contest is open to Canadian and US schools and 10 North American winners will receive Hypertherm's new Powermax45 XP plasma cutting and gouging system and the company's Plasma Cutting Technology: Theory and Practice curriculum kit.

The program, now its third year, is meant to support the next generation of welders and metal fabricators by making the newest generation of plasma cutting equipment and standardized instruction available to schools. Applications for 2017 are due on or before April 3 with grant decisions communicated by May 1. More information, including instructions for submitting a 2017 grant application, is available at www.hypertherm.com/plasmaeducation.

Hypertherm plasma cutting curriculum kitClick image to enlarge

“Providing support to the next generation of metal workers is of great importance to Hypertherm as we work to narrow the skills gap left by retiring baby boomers,” said Betsy Van Duyne, who manages Hypertherm’s educational program. “The versatility of the Powermax45 XP makes it an ideal system for schools as it provides teachers with the flexibility to teach both handheld and mechanized cutting, as well as applications such as gouging and marking with air plasma.”

In addition to the grant program, Hypertherm will continue to make all ten hours of its AWS SENSE approved Plasma Cutting Technology: Theory and Practice curriculum available for free download to teachers. The curriculum covers the plasma cutting process, common industrial uses for plasma systems, the differences between various cutting methods, safety procedures, as well as proper setup and operation. Electronic versions of each lesson, a facilitator’s guide, student workbook, and supporting reference material are all available at www.hypertherm.com/plasmaeducation. To date, teachers from more than 1,000 schools have taken advantage of the free download helping standardize the teaching of plasma cutting to thousands of students.

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