Category Archives: Workforce Development

Industry members and educators work together in a variety of ways to ensure students are learning the skills they need to successfully join the fluid power workforce upon graduation. One member that has been a particularly active collaborator is Price Engineering. Several of Price Engineering’s employees serve on the advisory board and have helped shape...

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NFPA has various workforce development programs that help connect NFPA member companies with schools that teach fluid power to not only ensure curriculum thoroughly trains students in fluid power skills and concepts, but also to help members get better access to the future workforce. As part of these efforts, we encourage members to make material donations...

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Robotics Challenge Scholarship
I went to the FIRST® Robotics World Championships in Houston, Texas, a few weeks ago. While I fully expected to see highly creative high school students having a blast with robotics, what I witnessed was that and so much more. These teams, which came from all over the world, were motivated, inventive, and insanely driven...

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Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge
  By Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO   In April I was in Ames, Iowa serving as a competition judge for the NFPA Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge hosted by NFPA member and Pascal Society Gold-level donor, Danfoss, at their headquarters. The Vehicle Challenge is a workforce development program designed to support teams of undergraduate students as...

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Hammond and student
In its ninth year of organizing the Fluid Power Action Challenge, Deltrol Fluid Products engaged 98 teams (totaling about 400 students) from eight schools. In addition to its own event, Deltrol has also helped facilitate other events this year. Bob Hammond in particular has been a strong advocate for this program and also an excellent...

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FIRST® Robotics and National Robotics League (NRL) mentors: The $40,000 NFPA Robotics Challenge Scholarship application closes May 1. Remind your students to apply here! One merit-based scholarship for $40,000 ($10,000 per year for four years) will be awarded to a high school senior who participates as part of a 2018 FIRST® Robotics or NRL Competition Team. The scholarship may be used to study...

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Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge
The 2018 Vehicle Challenge Competition at Danfoss in Ames, Iowa was a great success bringing together ten university student teams as well as judges and sponsors from eight NFPA member companies. The Vehicle Challenge is a competition that challenges students to design and build a bicycle using fluid power. The students that participated were highly...

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Daman Products Inc. celebrated its eighth annual Fluid Power Action Challenge by engaging 92 students on 23 teams. The last few years, Daman has been working with Bethel Community College to host the 11 participating schools. In the many years of organizing and sponsoring these events, the students that participated in the earlier years have...

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NFPA member news
In partnership with CareerEdge, Sun Hydraulics is offering internship opportunities to future and present high school graduates. The program will expose high school graduates to high-tech manufacturing skills during a paid three-month summer internship. Besides receiving on-the-job experience, the interns will also discover educational opportunities related to manufacturing. Upon completing the internship, students may be eligible to...

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Master Pneumatic Action Challenge
Last month, Master Pneumatic held their fourth annual Fluid Power Action Challenge for 108 middle school students from the Warren Consolidated School District “Middle School Mathematics Science Technology Center (MS)2TC,”  a half-day honors program for students from four middle schools. Master Pneumatic has been partnering with Macomb Community College since the beginning to provide students the...

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