Meet a Fluid Power Scholarship Winner—Joshua Plunkett

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 Columbus, Indiana. We asked Joshua about winning the scholarship . . .

What does winning this Fluid Power Scholarship mean to you?
Winning this scholarship is a great honor. I am humbled, and being selected as a recipient only affirms my belief that anyone can achieve any goal they set their mind to. My dedication to my education, eagerness to learn, and most of all, my support system of family and friends has allowed me to pursue and achieve my goals.

Why did you choose to learn about fluid power?
From an early age, I’ve always been interested in the mechanics and logic of how things work. I’ve had a handful of family and friends in the field of engineering positively influence and encourage me to follow this passion. The variety of applications fluid power can be used in is amazing and quite interesting.

What are your career aspirations? What type of fluid power job do you hope to get after you graduate?
My ultimate career aspiration is to one day operate my own engineering firm. The concepts I’ve had the opportunity of studying and the variety of applications I’ve been able to work on give me a broad, well-rounded skill set. With the ability to solve and provide solutions to a wide range of applications including logistics, automation, electrical, civil engineering, networking, security, and data reporting, I’m confident I would be able to achieve this aspiration and continue to push the envelope.

The Foundation’s goal is to help individuals enrolled in high schools, technical colleges, and engineering schools pursue their interests in fluid power. For further information on the scholarships, contact Carrie Tatman Schwartz, Workforce Development Manager at