Tag Archives: workforce

Collaboration
When it comes to fluid power, not all engineering degree programs are created equal. Some programs may offer multiple courses dedicated to fluid power technology, which others may include a chapter or two about fluid power in a general engineering class. But what should "teaching fluid power" mean in a university setting? Last year at...

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NFPA Cleveland Regional Meeting
We are on our way to Cleveland! Registration is now open for the NFPA 2018 Cleveland Regional Meeting, scheduled for Thursday, November 8. The meeting will again be held over lunch at the City Club in downtown Cleveland. This historic venue perfectly sets the stage for the networking NFPA Regional Meetings provide. In addition, this...

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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...

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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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