Category Archives: Workforce Development

IFPS Certification
In response to COVID-19, the International Fluid Power Society (IFPS) has implemented some changes to accommodate those who are seeking fluid power certification, looking to re-certify or those who are in need of study materials. New – Free Online Certification Study Groups – Every Tuesday and Thursday, an IFPS Accredited Instructor will lead a one-hour, free, online...

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FORCE America reached a new Challenge Champion milestone earlier this year and celebrated five years of facilitating the NFPA Fluid Power Action Challenge hosted at Alexandria Technical and Community College in Minnesota. Each year, this design and build competition introduces middle school students to hydraulics, pneumatics, engineering and careers in the fluid power industry. New...

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Programs like the Fluid Power Scholarships are made possible in part by the generous support of industry volunteers as well as NFPA Education and Technology Foundation and Pascal Society donors. Support these efforts by making a donation. 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, Ilaisaane Summers. She...

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Since 2018, NFPA has been a sponsor of The Manufacturing Institute’s program called Heroes MAKE America (HMA), which offers industry training designed to help our nation’s service members transition into manufacturing careers. One of NFPA’s key objectives is to increase the number of people educated in fluid power and connect them to careers in the fluid...

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NFPA Member News
  By Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO In pursuing our mission of strengthening the fluid power industry, NFPA is focused on four key strategic objectives. Here’s a quick summary of the ways NFPA members can benefit from the programs associated with the fourth of those objectives. We call that objective Educated Workforce, and it’s where NFPA...

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Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge
With the recent travel bans, event cancellations, and school closings, concerns about Coronavirus are top of mind for everyone. Due to circumstances surrounding some of our partner organizations, such as schools, a number of events organized or supported by NFPA have been affected. Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge To ensure that all of the participants, judges,...

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NFPA Board of Directors
  By Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO   On February 10-11, 2020, the NFPA Board of Directors met in person to review the association’s progress on this year’s strategic objectives and to advance our agenda in three critical strategic areas: Effective Forum, Industry Statistics, and Educated Workforce. Effective Forum Our strategic objective here is for NFPA...

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Hydraquip recently launched their first Fluid Power Action Challenge at The Colorado STEM Academy earlier this year. Eighteen students participated in this middle school competition. The goal of the Action Challenge is not only to introduce students to the concepts of engineering and learning by experimentation, but also to show them the value of teamwork...

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Twenty middle school students recently participated in the Lone Star College Cy-Fair at The Cypress Center's second annual Action Challenge, and a professor there had this to share about the student experience: "The most relevant outcome for the students was that they learned what to think about when redesigning after testing and failure... We took...

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Programs like the Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge are made possible in part by the generous support of industry volunteers as well as NFPA Education and Technology Foundation and Pascal Society donors. Support these efforts by making a donation. The 15 university teams competing in the Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge recently completed their Design and Specification Midway Reviews and...

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