Tag Archives: workforce

STEM education
  By Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO   At the NFPA Board of Directors meeting in February, Board and Strategic Task Force members participated in an exercise to create a view of the fluid power industry five years in the future. The purpose of the exercise was to identify a set of key factors likely to...

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The NFPA Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge is heating up! Twelve university teams are registered to compete, including the University of Cincinnati, California Polytechnic State University, Murray State University, Purdue University, University of Minnesota, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Western Michigan University, University of Akron, Cleveland State University, Milwaukee School of Engineering, West Virginia University, and Iowa...

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Spencer Tiegs, Robotics Challenge Scholarship recipient in 2017
Spencer Tiegs, the 2017 NFPA Robotics Challenge Scholarship winner, interviewed with and was hired as a summer intern by NFPA member, HUSCO International. Spencer will be working as a Design Engineering intern on the Automotive Design team this summer. He won the Robotics Challenge $40,000 scholarship ($10,000 per year for four years) for his work in...

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    By Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO NFPA has just launched the new NFPA Careers website, which is designed to connect students with fluid power companies looking for job candidates. Companies can use the site to post their job openings and create a company profile. Jobs can be searched by location and years of experience required,...

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Fluid Power Robotics Scholarship
When I visited the Hartland Arrowhead High School FIRST® Robotics Team to talk about the new NFPA Fluid Power Challenge FIRST Robotics Scholarship last month, I had no idea how much of a commitment being on a FIRST team was. I found out that students learn not only about science and engineering, but also about how to...

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The NFPA Fluid Power Action Challenge has proven to be an effective way to introduce middle school students to fluid power as a potential career. And the program is growing. This year we have added two *NEW* Fluid Power Action Challenges in Austell and Fayetteville, Georgia. Both Challenges are open to the public and fully organized...

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FPIRC
  by Eric Lanke NFPA CEO The 2016 Fluid Power Innovation & Research Conference (FPIRC16) is set for October 10-12, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. As outlined in the video below, the conference has unique content and activities that bring value to industry. FPIRC, co-sponsored by NFPA and the Center for Compact and Efficient...

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Larry Davis, President of Daman Products Company in South Bend, IN, believes that students should be exposed to real life entrepreneurship from real life entrepreneurs. That is why Daman mentors in the St. Joe CEO program in his community. St. Joe CEO hosted a showcase day on June 20 for prospective area high school juniors and...

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NFPA Board of Directors
  NFPA Continues To Strengthen The Fluid Power Industry by Tricia Fulton CFO, Sun Hydraulics Corporation In June of this year, the NFPA Board of Directors held its annual strategic retreat where we discussed many of the challenges faced by the fluid power industry and what NFPA is and should do to help our members...

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The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Booster Club, led by John Stenz and Heather Poush from FORCE America, organized the 2nd Annual Business & Technical Trades Career Exploration Day at Northfield Middle School in Minnesota this spring. Over 500 middle and high school students got hands-on experience with large equipment, had open discussions with career...

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