Judges and Mentors

The final competition relies on the volunteer commitment by industry supporters. An added benefit for the industry that supports this program through its donations to the NFPA Education and Technology Foundation includes the identification of high-performing students to hire into the fluid power industry.

A team of industry judges is responsible for guiding student teams, evaluating documentation and assessing the vehicle on-site at the Final Competition, using the FPVC Assessment Rubric.

A team of marshals will be responsible for ensuring teams are operating in a safe and sportsmanlike way during the entire event, and in particular, during the Sprint Race, Efficiency Challenge and Endurance Challenge.

A small team of timekeepers will be responsible for the clock, recording time, and submitting data.

To get involved as an industry volunteer, contact NFPA President and CEO, Eric Lanke.

October- February

  • Participates in at least one Kick-off and one Design and Specification Midway Review webinar with student teams.
  • Serves as technical program expert.
  • Understands and enforces program and design rules.
  • Communicates the importance of safety to Student Teams.
  • Provides guidance on best practices, and implementation of parts.


  • Based on electronic documentation, determines each vehicle is operational and admitted to final event.
  • Oversee vehicle assembly and conduct safety inspection prior to final event.
  • Participates in the assessment and scoring of each individual team and determines category winners.

Industry Judges & Mentors

As of 10/16/2018 these are the companies that have representatives that are serving as mentors or judges.