Hypertherm, a U.S.-based manufacturer of plasma, laser and waterjet cutting systems, is reinforcing its commitment to welding schools and training programs by making all 10 hours of its AWS SENSE approved curriculum available for free download to teachers.
At the same time, the company is launching a new educational grant program designed to place Powermax systems in North American schools, according to a press release.
Hypertherm’s Plasma Cutting Technology: Theory and Practice 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, according to the release. 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,” explained 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.