Category Archives: Workforce Development

The Fluid Power Action Challenge is a design and build competition where students learn about hydraulic and pneumatic technologies, their real-world applications, engineering challenges, and fluid power careers. Here are the latest milestones in this nationwide, industry-driven educational program. During the fall semester, Deltrol Fluid Products hosted its 10th annual Fluid Power Action Challenge! It...

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Strategic Planning
NFPA’s workforce development programs work to get more students at all levels interested in fluid power. Just recently, NFPA member companies and staff developed a university-level curriculum resource to help get more university students already in mechanical engineering programs interested in pursuing fluid power education and careers. The resource is available at NFPA.com, along with the...

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NFPA Education and Technology Foundation
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, Connor Parrish. He is working on a Mechanical Engineering Technology degree at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. We asked Connor about winning the scholarship . . . What does winning...

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NFPA Education and Technology Foundation
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, James Gile. He is working on an Associate degree in Diesel Technology at Rosedale Technical College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We asked James about winning the scholarship . . . What does winning...

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NFPA Education and Technology Foundation
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, Joshua Plunkett. He is working on an Associate of Applied Science degree in Advanced Automation and Robotics Technology and a second degree in Industrial Technology at Ivy Tech Community College in...

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Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge
The 15 university teams competing in the Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge recently completed their Design and Specification Midway Reviews. These are webinar presentations prepared and put on by students and scored by industry judges. Students are evaluated on criteria such as their vehicle design and objectives, fluid power circuit, and selection of hardware. This gives judges...

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CCEFP Webinar
The 2018-19 CCEFP Webinar Series is underway and covers a number of fluid power research projects supported by the NFPA Education and Technology Foundation Research Supplements. The next episode, taking place February 20 at 12 pm CST, will feature two projects: Mechano-Chemical Surface Modification with Cu2S: Inducing Superior Lubricity, presented by Michael Varenberg (GaTech), and Modeling and Optimization...

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The NFPA Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge is a competition that challenges college engineering students to redesign a traditional bicycle using hydraulics as the mode of power transmission. This is NFPA's third year of organizing this competition, and during this time we have seen students' discovery, energy, innovation, and frustration. We have seen great advice and...

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Collaboration
NFPA’s partnership with the Heroes MAKE America (HMA) program of The Manufacturing Institute continues to provide resumes of program graduates, all of whom have received training for production floor jobs in manufacturing and are looking to work in designated communities around the country. The most recent list of chosen communities now includes four new states: Michigan Montana...

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The Technology Student Association (TSA) is a national organization of students engaged in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Open to students who are enrolled in or have completed technology education courses, TSA’s membership includes over 250,000 middle and high school students at approximately 2,000 schools in 48 states. TSA is supported by educators, parents, and...

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