HANOVER, N.H. — Hypertherm announced it is reinforcing its commitment to welding schools and training programs by making all 10 hours of its American Welding Society (AWS) SENSE approved curriculum available for free download to instructors. At the same time, the company is launching a new educational grant program designed to place Powermax systems in North American schools.

Hypertherm’s “Plasma Cutting Technology: Theory and Practice” covers the plasma cutting process, common 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.

“Though we believe schools would benefit from obtaining the full Plasma Cutting Technology: Theory and Practice kit including the hands-on materials we understand the constraints many schools are facing,” said Betsy Van Duyne, who manages Hypertherm’s educational program. “Welders are already in short supply making it critical that new welders have the tools and training they need to enjoy a successful and rewarding career.”

In addition to free curriculum downloads, Hypertherm is launching its Spark Something Great educational grant program. The program will award a Powermax45 plasma cutting and gouging system along with the full Plasma Cutting Technology: Theory and Practice curriculum kit to 10 schools in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Applications for 2015 are due on or before July 1 with grant decisions communicated by July 31. More information, including instructions for submitting a 2015 grant application, is available at www.hypertherm.com/plasmaeducation.

Publication date: 5/25/2015

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