On June 26 and 27, six high school teachers from four local high schools attended the FAMTEN (Fluid Power and Applied Mechatronics Training and Employment Network) high school teacher training held at Waukesha County Technical College in Wisconsin. Four local NFPA member companies attended the training and/or the networking lunch to connect with the teachers. The interaction between the teachers and NFPA members was valuable for both sides. They shared stories, exchanged contact information, and everyone left knowing that this would definitely not be the only time we saw each other.
The group was trained by a Festo representative on the Festo MecLab Mechatronics Training System. The MecLab covers a variety of objectives, including pneumatic and electrical actuators, sensors, and controllers.
FAMTEN provides a pathway that connects local technical colleges with industry partners and high school teachers to create awareness and interest in fluid power. WCTC is the first FAMTEN technical school hub, and this fall the high school portion of FAMTEN will launch in these high schools with students learning about fluid power through the MecLab system. High school students will ultimately be trained for careers at local NFPA member companies.
Industry is an essential part of this program as they will be mentors to the teachers and students and will provide guest speakers, factory tours, internships, and employment opportunities. Many thanks to our NFPA members who are participating in and supporting this program: Festo Didactic, FORCE America, HUSCO International, Poclain, and Price Engineering.
NFPA will be working to launch FAMTEN hubs in communities across the U.S. where members are located and workforce needs are abundant. If you would like to become involved in the committee that decides on future FAMTEN locations, please contact Eric Lanke at firstname.lastname@example.org.