2018 'Spark Something Great' grant

Now in it's fourth year, Hypertherm's 'Spark Something Great' educational grant has helped 30 schools so far realize the benefit of teaching plasma cutting technology with the most advanced and versatile system on the market today - the Powermax45 XP. Each grantee also received an AWS SENSE approved 'Plasma Cutting Technology: Theory and Pratice' curriculum kit that includes everything you need to introduce your students to plasma cutting. See below for more information, or download the program brochure.

Submission deadline: April 2, 2018 at midnight.

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School criteria

  • Schools must be located in the USA or Canada. Public high school or secondary school, post-secondary technical or vocational school, college or university.
  • Offer welding or metal fabrication course(s). Agree to use Hypertherm-provided products to teach plasma cutting and gouging during each welding or metal fabrication introductory course.
  • Welding/fabrication program is stable and will continue to be offered for the foreseeable future.
  • Winning schools and Hypertherm agree to allow mention of each other in marketing and public relations activities including printed publications, social, online, and other media.

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Selection process

  • Schools are selected on commitment to welding and metal fabrication education,program need, annual number of students who complete the program, instructor plans for system use, and a student testimonial.
  • Applications are reviewed by a team of Hypertherm marketing, sales and training associates.

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See what a previous grantee says

'I like the curriculum kit because students learn what the consumables do, how they go into the torch, and where to look up cut charts so they load the right consumables — all before they put their hands on a live torch.'

'This knowledge saves countless dollars on consumables, metal, system downtime, and repairs. And the curriculum is easy to teach and easy to use.'

- Joel Johnson, Associate Professor
North Dakota State College of Science

Submission deadline: April 2, 2018 at midnight.