Category Archives: Workforce Development

Spencer Tiegs, the 2017 NFPA Robotics Challenge Scholarship winner, interviewed with and was hired as a summer intern by NFPA member, HUSCO International. Spencer will be working as a Design Engineering intern on the Automotive Design team this summer. He won the Robotics Challenge $40,000 scholarship ($10,000 per year for four years) for his work in...

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CCEFP Webcast
The 2018 CCEFP Webinar Series continues next week on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 1:00pm Eastern/ 12:00pm CST. Topics will include two of the recently funded research projects: the Efficient, Integrated, Freeform Flexible Hydraulic Actuator project as well as the AC Hydraulic Pump/Motor project. Interested members should sign up for the Webinar Series by following this link. After registering,...

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Price Engineering routinely invites groups of 10-20 students to their Hartland, Wisconsin facility for interactive, real-life learning experiences. Upon arrival at the facility, students learn what fluid power is, where it's used, and what type of careers are available. As students walk through the manufacturing area, they see a video demonstration of Price Engineering's machines...

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In November, the Workforce Development team exhibited at the National Science Teachers Association area conference in Milwaukee to discuss NFPA's programs with educators. As a result, a middle school teacher from AFC school district in Illinois applied for and received a $500 grant made possible through NFPA's Education and Technology Foundation. Here are some key...

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CCEFP Webcast
The 2018 CCEFP Webcast Series kicked off Wednesday, January 24. University of Minnesota student Keyan Liu presented an update on the Free Piston Engine-Based Hydraulic Power Source project, and University of Minnesota student Nathan Hagstrom presented an update on the Hybrid MEMS Proportional Fluid Control Valve project. Visit the webinar archives to view this and...

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NFPA member news
    By Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO Last week, I went to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the Council of Manufacturing Associations’ (CMA) leadership conference, held in conjunction with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). As a CMA Board Director, these meetings give me the opportunity to connect with other association presidents and CEOs in the manufacturing...

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In 2015, Eastern Iowa Community College in Davenport, Iowa received a $23,000 Fluid Power Lab Grant from the NFPA Education and Technology Foundation. The school used the funds to purchase an electrohydraulic option from Hampden for existing equipment, along with the associated operating, experiment, and teacher’s manual, as well as simulation software called Automation Studios....

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Last year, middle school student Samantha Stack was among the 388 participants in the 2016-17 Fluid Power Action Challenge organized by Deltrol Fluid Products and hosted at Harper College in Illinois. Her experience within the challenge was pretty typical. On Workshop Day of the six-week competition, teams were first given their initial kit of materials....

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Member volunteer hours and donations help keep NFPA's various workforce development programs growing and effective. One program that helps schools teach fluid power at the middle and high school levels is the Fluid Power Action Challenge Classroom Activities Grant Application. Middle and high schools are invited to apply to offset the costs related to the...

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In December, the Florida Chapter of the International Fluid Power Society (IFPS) hosted their first-ever Fluid Power Action Challenge. The seven teams were comprised of about 30 high school students who are also involved in FIRST® Robotics. As an additional incentive, IFPS Chapter President, Jordan Kimelman, arranged for a scholarship award system for each team in...

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