The new competition is open to students in cutting, welding and related programs at secondary, post-secondary and technical vocational schools, ESAB said. The company plans to award more than $50,000 in equipment and cash prizes as part of the contest.
ESAB is accepting entries now through Dec 2, and will announce winners Dec 14. Visit esab.com/rulerscontest for details, entry forms and tips for winning.
“The Rulers of the Flame contest encourages students to demonstrate leadership, character and empowerment through individual essays and team fabrication projects,” said Bill Wehrman, ESAB’s director of global/North American marketing communications. “Thousands of students use oxy-fuel equipment everyday, and we want to encourage their passion and vocation.”
ESAB said judges will select three winners in each of the contest’s two categories—individual essay and team fabrication project. Individuals will win $250 and a Victor Medalist 350 Outfit by submitting a 500-word essay that best supports the contest theme. Teams will submit a metal fabrication project that incorporates an oxy-fuel equipment process (cutting, heating, welding or brazing) as one or more of the fabrication steps and must incorporate the Rulers of the Flame logo (obtain logo, rules and details here).
Each member of a winning team receives $250 as well as a Victor Medalist 350 Outfit, while the school associated with the winning team receives a cutting and welding package valued at more than $8,400, which consists of the following items:
- Two Victor Journeyman EDGE 2.0 Outfits and an assortment of Victor tips for cutting various thicknesses of metal
- One Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster 60i Manual Plasma System
- One ESAB Rebel EMP 235ic Welding System
- Two Sentinel helmets
- Six pairs of MIG gloves and six pairs of TIG gloves
The student contest coincides with Victor’s Rulers of the Flame social media campaign, which encourages anyone who wants to share their best work with Victor gas equipment to use #rulersoftheflame for recognition on Victor’s social channels. Or, projects may be submitted online for the chance to win a Victor Performer EDGE 2.0 Outfit. Eligible entries will be entered for monthly drawings.
“Victor’s Rulers of the Flame social media campaign is a great opportunity for non-students to participate in oxy-fuel projects and share their gas cutting skills on social channels, not to mention the chance to win a Performer EDGE 2.0 outfit,” Wehrman said. “The student contest and the campaign coincide to inspire fabricators of all ages to take pride in their craft.”
The student contest is open to students with a passion for welding and cutting who are residents of the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec). Offer/participation void where prohibited or restricted by law. No purchase necessary for entry.