MTRC Portable Welder Prize Challenge

State: Florida
Level of Government: Federal
  • 38 - Construction, Mining, Excavating, and Highway Mainenance Equipment
Opps ID: NBD00159648077281807
Posted Date: Jul 30, 2020
Due Date: Sep 3, 2020
Solicitation No: USSOCOM-MTRC-Challenge-2020
Source: Members Only
MTRC Portable Welder Prize Challenge
Contract Opportunity
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General Information
  • Contract Opportunity Type: Special Notice (Original)
  • All Dates/Times are: (UTC-04:00) EASTERN STANDARD TIME, NEW YORK, USA
  • Original Published Date: Jul 30, 2020 02:30 pm EDT
  • Original Response Date: Sep 03, 2020 11:59 pm EDT
  • Inactive Policy: 15 days after response date
  • Original Inactive Date: Sep 18, 2020
  • Initiative:
    • None
  • Original Set Aside:
  • Product Service Code: 3438 - MISCELLANEOUS WELDING EQUIPMENT
  • NAICS Code: 333992 - Welding and Soldering Equipment Manufacturing
  • Place of Performance:
    Tampa , FL

MTRC Portable Welder
Combat Evaluation (CV)
$200,000 Challenge
20-22 October 2020

Submit NLT 03 September 11:59 PM EST


SOFWERX, in concert with USSOCOM Program Manager Expeditionary Support (PM-ES), will conduct a Combat Evaluation (CV) Challenge for the USSOCOM Mobile Technology & Repair Complex (MTRC) to address known operational deficiencies with current welding technologies employed in support of Overseas Contingency Operations. PM-ES is looking for relatively mature welding systems and capabilities to reduce the overall number and types of welding systems from over 5 systems to less than 3 systems per each MTRC Team location, while concurrently reducing the logistics footprint and supporting the existing operational requirements.


MTRC provides critical support to and servicing for Special Operation Forces (SOF) equipment, foreign equipment, vehicles, facilities, and other operational assets within the constraints of austere operational environments, limited logistics support, and immediate support timelines. MTRC meets SOF Commanders’ urgent requirements for forward deployed maintenance activities and rapid repair turn times by providing specialized personnel, capabilities, and equipment in engineering support, 3D printing, Computer Aided Drafting (CAD), welding, machining, manufacturing, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) support, general construction, electrical support, generator repair support, thermoplastics accessory fabrication, sewing repair and fabrication, night vision equipment repair, and weapons repair – at SOF point of need.

This challenge is specifically targeted at known operational deficiencies that exist in currently fielded welding systems. Current commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) welding equipment that comprises MTRC welding systems includes but is not limited to: Miller 212, Miller 252, Miller 255, Millermatic 200, Millermatic 220, CST 280, and various ‘stand-alone’ TIG welders.

Why You Should Participate

USSOCOM PM-ES will utilize the challenge to inform the acquisition process for the purposes of understanding what welding systems/equipment are available to be purchased, modified, and/or fielded in support of SOF Overseas Contingency Operations. In addition, USSOCOM PM-ES will collaborate with Industry, Academia, National Labs, and Non-Traditional Attendees, provide direct SOF Operator feedback on known operational conditions, and share the technical challenges contained therein.

Winners of the Portable Welder Combat Evaluation Challenge will receive awards of the following:

1st Place: $77,000

2nd Place: $57,000

3rd Place: $37,000

4th Place: $17,000

5th Place: $7,000

Event Timeline

Phase 1 – 30 July 2020 to 03 September 2020 Submissions Open for Combat Evaluation:

Interested respondents who could potentially provide solutions that meet the needs of USSOCOM are encouraged to submit their solution in order to participate in the Phase 3 Combat Evaluation. Please follow the submission instructions at the bottom of this webpage.

Phase 1b – 20 August 2020 Q&A Telecon:

Interested offerors may participate in a virtual Q&A session to better understand the intent of the Combat Evaluation by USSOCOM. The telecon will take place on 20 August at 1:00 PM EST.

Click to RSVP and Submit (NLT 19 August 2020)

Phase 2 – 04 September 2020 to 08 September 2020 Down-select:

USSOCOM will down-select those respondents with the submissions they feel have the highest potential to address their known operational deficiencies. Favorably evaluated submissions will receive an invitation on or around 08 September 2020 to participate in the Combat Evaluation.

Phase 3 – 20 October 2020 to 22 October 2020 Combat Evaluation:

Respondents will be required to address four distinct welding challenges in a limited physical space in an open-air environment. 20 October 2020 will be allocated to set-up, 21 October 2020 will be allocated towards the welding challenges, and 22 October 2020 will be allocated to tear-down. The four welding challenges on 21 October will consist of:

(1) MIG aluminum welding challenge

(2) MIG mild steel welding challenge

(3) TIG aluminum welding challenge

(4) ARC steel welding challenge

USSOCOM PM-ES will provide the physical materials to be welded and general instructions with regards to the method(s) of welding to be used. The respondents will be limited to a 14’x14’ space outside and subjected to any of the environmental conditions during the Combat Evaluation (i.e. wind, rain, sun, dust, etc.). The respondents will bring all associated welding systems, equipment, power, supplies, material, gasses, consumables, etc. to execute the four welding challenges in an eight-hour period within the allocated 14’x14’ space. The respondents will have approximately one hour of time to conduct each welding challenge, with one hour of reset, and will be actively evaluated throughout the three days of the Combat Evaluation.

Phase 4 – Path Forward:

USSOCOM PM-ES reserves the right to purchase all, some, or none of the systems, subsystems, and/or individual pieces of equipment presented during the Combat Evaluation for immediate deployment in support of Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO). USSOCOM PM-ES may also elect to pursue other acquisition pathways if technology readiness levels within the welding systems presented during the Combat Evaluation do not facilitate immediate fielding.

How You Can Participate

Industry, Academia, National Labs, and Non-Traditional Attendees

1. Review the Top Level Requirements Guidance:

2. RSVP to the 20 August 2020 Q&A Telecon (NLT 19 August 2020):

3. Download the White Paper Template:

4. Complete the Submission Form (NLT 3 September 2020):


For event-related questions, please contact Jessica Pecoraro, at
For technical questions, please contact Jason Schroeder, at

Contact Information
Contracting Office Address
  • TAMPA , FL 33621-5323
  • USA
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Secondary Point of Contact
  • Jul 30, 2020 02:30 pm EDTSpecial Notice (Original)


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