Meet a Fluid Power Scholarship Winner—Michael Kaestel

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, Michael Kaestel. He is attending SUNY Cobleskill in Cobleskill, New York, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in agricultural equipment technology. We asked Michael about winning the scholarship . . .

What does winning this Fluid Power Scholarship mean to you?
The Fluid Power Scholarship has allowed me to continue my education in agricultural equipment technology. By pursuing this major, I will strive to advance my knowledge of fluid power. This means a great deal to me because it will allow me to become a more educated and well-rounded technician.

Why did you choose to learn about fluid power?
I am a student at the State University of New York at Cobleskill and have received a degree in diesel technology. However, after working in the field, I had decided to advance my education in the field of fluid power, as this is used in most equipment. By increasing my understanding of hydraulic functions, I will be able to diagnose and repair these types of problems more efficiently.

What are your career aspirations? What type of fluid power job do you hope to get after you graduate?
While attending college for my bachelor’s, I hope to become a teaching assistant in the lab sections associated with diesel technology and hydraulic mechanics and diagnostics. After obtaining this degree, I want to continue on for a master’s degree in technical education. I hope to become a teacher in the technical field of power machinery. Here, I will be able to teach others the valuable skills and knowledge to succeed as technicians.

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