Student Contest to Put Welding Skills to the Test

These high school students each won $500 in ESAB’s 2014 contest for their “Fish Tank” project, and they also provided tips on how to win the 2015 contest in a video available on the ESAB YouTube channel

Entries are now being accepted for this year’s “A Cut Above” contest, sponsored by ESAB (an AISC Member). The contest is open to students enrolled in a welding instructional program at a secondary, post-secondary, technical, or vocational school in the U.S. or Canada. ESAB will award more than $30,000 in equipment and cash prizes to the winners.

The contest has two categories — individual essay and team fabrication project — and ESAB judges will select three winners in each category. Individuals will win $250 by submitting a 500-word essay that best supports the contest theme. Members of the winning student teams will each receive $500 by entering a metal fabrication project.

In addition to the cash awards for students, each school that sponsors a winning student or team will receive the following prize package (valued at more than $4,000):

Visit for contest rules, entry forms and tips for winning. Entries will be accepted until December 31, 2015, with winners announced on February 1, 2016.