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 schools in Minnesota—Alexandria Technical and Community College, Hennepin Technical College (both the Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie campuses), and Minnesota West Community and Technical College. One scholarship for a full year’s tuition was awarded, as were competition and student of the year awards. See results of the 2018 Skills Competition and scholarship winners.
I participated in the 6th Annual Manufacturing Career Fair, part of which was held in Hennepin’s fluid power lab. It was a great opportunity to meet and talk to students about NFPA’s workforce programs and promote the NFPA Careers Web Site. Donna Pollander, IFPS Executive Director, was there to talk about IFPS Certification and training. Nearly 40 companies participated in the Career Fair.
The two-day event wrapped up with Fluid Power Mega-Tech, where four industry experts gave free, educational technical presentations to students and industry. They included:
- Hydraulic Pumps and Pump Controls, Bill Hotchkiss, Technical Training Manager, SunSource
- Electronic Control in Mobile Equipment, Adam Emmings, Controls Specialist, SunSource
- Load Sensing Circuits, Tom Nelson, Sr., Application Engineer, Hydraulic Specialty Inc.
- Cost Saving Redesign, Understanding Cavitation and Filtration, Ernie Parker, (HTC Retired), Hydra Tech Inc.
Thank you to Hennepin Technical College for hosting the event.