Category Archives: Workforce Development

Make the right connection with schools in your area. The Education Partner Locator on NFPA.com lets you search by country, state, education level (two- and four-year degrees), and proximity to your location to produce a list of tech schools and universities that teach fluid power, complete with contact information. It’s a great way to connect...

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NFPA Education and Technology Foundation
The NFPA Education and Technology Foundation has awarded $2,000 scholarships to students pursuing fluid power technology fields of study. Here’s one of the winners, Michael Kaestel. He is attending SUNY Cobleskill in Cobleskill, New York, pursuing a bachelor's degree in agricultural equipment technology. We asked Michael about winning the scholarship . . . What does...

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CCEFP Summit
  By Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO I recently attended the October 2018 Summit of the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) at the University of Minnesota. This is one of the meetings this fiscal year where the fluid power research projects supported by our new NFPA Research Supplement Program were presented. In our...

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NFPA Education and Technology Foundation
The NFPA Education and Technology Foundation has awarded $2,000 scholarships to students pursuing fluid power technology fields of study. Here’s one of the winners, Ivan Karpich. He is the recipient of the Raymond F. Hanley Memorial Award and is attending the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis to pursue a mechanical engineering degree. We asked Ivan...

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CCEFP Summit
  By Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO I recently attended the October 2018 Summit of the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) at the University of Minnesota. This is one of the meetings this fiscal year where the fluid power research projects supported by our new NFPA Research Supplement Program were presented. In our...

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Heroes MAKE America in Fort Hood
  By Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO   Special thanks go out this week to the representatives of FORCE America, Hydraquip, and Womack Machine Supply, the three member companies that joined me on a trip to Fort Hood, Texas to present careers in the fluid power industry to a graduating class of soon-to-be ex-soldiers in the...

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NFPA's 2018 Robotics Challenge Scholarship winner, Jacob Barnes, is diving into college life at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly). I caught up with him a few weeks ago and this is what he had to say about his activities so far: "Things are going great here at Cal Poly. It's about a month into our...

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CCEFP Summit
  By Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO I recently attended the October 2018 Summit of the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) at the University of Minnesota. This is one of the meetings this fiscal year where the fluid power research projects supported by our new NFPA Research Supplement Program were presented. In our...

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On November 9, 2018, Caterpillar sponsored a Fluid Power Action Challenge at Joliet Junior College (JJC) in Joliet, Illinois. It was the fourth annual event for Caterpillar, who worked closely with the staff at JJC. Altogether, 12 teams from five schools participated—Immaculate Conception School (Morris), Richard Ira Jones Middle School, Aux Sable Middle School, Washington Junior...

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CCEFP Summit
  By Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO I recently attended the October 2018 Summit of the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) at the University of Minnesota. This is one of the meetings this fiscal year where the fluid power research projects supported by our new NFPA Research Supplement Program were presented. In our...

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