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Sitka, Alaska, Welding Student and Grad Receives Surprise Powermax45 XP

In response to receiving an invitation to 17-year old Autumn Mayo’s high school graduation, Hypertherm Associates sent her a Powermax45 XP complete with cartridges, and signed copy of famous metal artist Rae Ripple’s book When I Grow Up.

Posted: June 28, 2024

Autumn Mayo and her sister unpack the PowerMax45 XP. Autumn is a part of the growing number of high school students who are focusing on career and technical education programs, a number which Hypertherm is focused on nurturing.
Autumn’s journey into welding began in her high school’s metal shop and welding classes, where she developed her skills under the mentorship of her teacher.
“When I attend school in Arizona, we have to bring some of our own gear,” Mayo said. “So, I researched companies that had good supplies and saw Hypertherm. They just stuck out.”
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Hypertherm Associates, Powermax45 XP, Autumn Mayo, Rae Ripple, Stephen Bruner, Universal Technical Institute, career and technical education (CTE) programs, welders, Spark Something Great grant
Autumn’s journey into welding began in her high school’s metal shop and welding classes, where she developed her skills under the mentorship of her teacher.

What’s the perfect gift for a high school graduating senior? In response to receiving an invitation to 17-year old Autumn Mayo’s Sitka, Alaska, high school graduation, Hypertherm Associates sent her a Powermax45 XP complete with cartridges, and signed copy of famous metal artist Rae Ripple’s book “When I Grow Up.”

“At Hypertherm, we believe in what Autumn and her teachers are doing. Autumn is a perfect example of the students we’re trying to reach and support through our company’s mission,” said Stephen Bruner, Regional Marketing & Revenue Operations Director for Hypertherm.

Autumn’s journey into welding began in her high school’s metal shop and welding classes, where she developed her skills under the mentorship of her teacher. Having successfully completed courses in metalwork, engines, arc welding and plasma cutting, Autumn is preparing to further her education at the Universal Technical Institute (UTI) in Arizona this fall. Like many students attending trade schools, Autumn will be responsible for supplying her own tools, which can be expensive. In her search for the best equipment, she discovered Hypertherm’s plasma cutting technology.

“When I attend school in Arizona, we have to bring some of our own gear. So, I researched companies that had good supplies and saw Hypertherm. They just stuck out,” said Mayo.

Hypertherm Associates, Powermax45 XP, Autumn Mayo, Rae Ripple, Stephen Bruner, Universal Technical Institute, career and technical education (CTE) programs, welders, Spark Something Great grant
“When I attend school in Arizona, we have to bring some of our own gear,” Mayo said. “So, I researched companies that had good supplies and saw Hypertherm. They just stuck out.”

Autumn is a part of the growing number of high school students who are focusing on career and technical education (CTE) programs, a number which Hypertherm is focused on nurturing. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports that the number of female welders has soared in recent years. Their numbers indicate that between 2016 and 2019 there has been an increase of 30% of women in the welding industry. Even with that increase, in 2020, women welders only made up 3.8% of the welding industry, and today they account for a little over 6% of welders.

Brunner added, “One way we are addressing the skilled labor shortage is by committing to this next generation of the workforce with our Spark Something Great grant. It helps those schools by providing a versatile system instructors can use to teach handheld and mechanized cutting, as well as applications such as gouging, flush cutting and marking. We wish Autumn nothing but the very best in her next chapter and are happy to be part of her future success.”

www.HyperthermAssociates.com

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