Hypertherm’s curriculum on plasma cutting is now available for free download to industry teachers.

The company’s “Plasma Cutting Technology: Theory and Practice” 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.

“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. Officials say the program will award a Powermax45 plasma cutting and gouging system along with the full curriculum kit to 10 schools in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.