Tag Archives: workforce development

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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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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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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