Category Archives: Workforce Development

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Jacob Barnes of Orcutt, California, is the winner of the 2018 NFPA Robotics Challenge Scholarship. This scholarship program awards $40,000 ($10,000 per year for four years) to a high school senior who participates in a FIRST® Robotics or National Robotics League Competition Team and uses fluid power in the competition robot. It may be used...

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In early 2018, Wojanis Supply Company completed its seventh annual Fluid Power Action Challenge. Along with SMC Business Council, they hosted 36 student teams and invited three additional schools to compete in this year’s event. Wojanis also invites industry representatives to attend its events and last year, Komatsu Mining Corp. Group was one of those attendees....

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Cleveland County Schools in North Carolina, Purdue University, and South Milwaukee High School each hosted their fourth annual Fluid Power Action Challenge events this year. Cleveland County Schools' event is organized and facilitated by the district's Career and Technical Education department. In addition to being tasked with rebuilding their prototype on Challenge Day using the design specifications...

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NFPA News
In partnership with NCTAP, the North Carolina Triangle Apprenticeship Program, Schmalz Inc. is in the process of visiting 20-30 schools in the greater Raleigh, North Carolina area and inviting them all to attend several open house events. These events are intended to introduce interested 11th grade students to available apprenticeship opportunities. Schmalz Inc. signs on...

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On April 26 and 27, I had the opportunity to attend the 2018 Minnesota Skills Competition, Career Fair, and Mega-Tech Event at Hennepin Technical College in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. The Minnesota Fluid Power Skills Competition is an annual event of the International Fluid Power Society (IFPS) Chapter 5. The students who participated came from four...

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Spencer Tiegs, the 2017 NFPA Robotics Challenge Scholarship winner, has been very busy since winning his scholarship! Not only is he attending the Milwaukee School of Engineering for mechanical engineering as part of the University Scholars Honors Program, he also continues to coach and mentor FIRST® Robotics high school students and is part of the...

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On April 3, a team of four representatives from FORCE America traveled to visit Northglenn High School’s 10th grade engineering class. In partnership with the STEM coordinator and engineering teacher, the FORCE America team was able to incorporate a kit build with various types of platform lifters, cherry pickers, scissor lifts, and excavators in conjunction...

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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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