Category Archives: Workforce Development

CCEFP Summit
The NFPA Education and Technology Foundation is actively working to increase the number of university students educated in fluid power, and one of the ways it does that is by supporting academic researchers in fluid power. This helps to engage current and build the careers of future university faculty who are and will be in a position...

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The NFPA Education and Technology Foundation has awarded $2,000 scholarships to students pursuing fluid power technology fields of study. Here’s one of the winners, Nolan Jones. He is attending Spokane Community College in Spokane, Washington, enrolled in the Hydraulic and Pneumatic Automation Technology program. We asked Nolan about winning the scholarship . . . What...

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Fluid Power Robotics Challenge
The NFPA recently opened applications for the fourth annual NFPA Robotics Challenge Scholarship. The $40,000 merit-based scholarship  ($10,000 per year for four years) will go to a high school senior who participates as part of a 2020 FIRST® Robotics or National Robotics League (NRL) Competition Team and uses fluid power in the competition robot. The scholarship...

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CCEFP Summit
  By Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO I recently attended the June 2019 Summit of the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) at Purdue University. This was the second of two meetings in our last fiscal year where the fluid power research projects supported by our new NFPA Research Supplement Program were presented. In...

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The International Fluid Power Society (IFPS) has provided an objective, third-party assessment of skill levels and knowledge to thousands of fluid power professionals across the industry since 1960, which has made it the industry standard for the fluid power and motion controls industry certifications. These certifications help individuals and companies alike increase their credibility within...

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Manufacturing Day℠ (MFG Day) is an annual celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. This year’s MFG Day will be Friday, October 4. Because of its alignment with our workforce development objectives, NFPA will again support events related to MFG Day through our own programs and by encouraging member companies...

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The NFPA Education and Technology Foundation has awarded $2,000 scholarships to students pursuing fluid power technology fields of study. Here’s one of the winners, Maximus Addington. He is attending the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado this fall and is working on a degree in engineering. We asked Maximus about winning the scholarship . . ....

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CCEFP Summit
Registration is now open for the next CCEFP Summit, which will take place at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, October 22-24, 2019. The program features the latest developments in fluid power research projects, including projects awarded research supplements from the NFPA Foundation in 2018. Topics include energy conversion, storage, fluid power components, and surface modification. Attendees...

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This year marks the 11th year of the NFPA Fluid Power Action Challenge and together with NFPA, members, and educations partners, there have been over 100 events, introducing over 10,000 students to fluid power technology and careers in the industry. The Action Challenge is a design-and-build competition where students learn about hydraulic and pneumatic technologies,...

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The NFPA Education and Technology Foundation has awarded $2,000 scholarships to students pursuing fluid power technology fields of study. Here’s one of the winners, Brett Watson. He is the recipient of the Robert Mackey Memorial Award and is attending Spokane Community College in Spokane, Washington for an Associates in Applied Science degree in Hydraulic and Pneumatic...

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