Meet a Fluid Power Scholarship Winner—Robert German

NFPA Education and Technology Foundation

The NFPA Education and Technology Foundation recently awarded $2,000 scholarships to students pursuing fluid power technology fields of study. Here’s one of the winners, Robert German. He is continuing his studies at Norco College in Norco, California and is enrolled in the Accelerated Certificate Employment (ACE) Industrial Automation program. We asked Robert about winning the scholarship . . .

What does winning this Fluid Power Scholarship mean to you?

Maintaining a balance between tuition, books, and living expenses can have unfavorable effects on one’s studies. The thought of dealing with the debt after graduation also can be discouraging. Winning this scholarship means I can focus a little less attention on finances, allowing me to focus more on quality study time.

Why did you choose to learn about fluid power?

I didn’t originally choose to specifically learn about fluid power, but as a required subject in my current line of study I quickly developed an interest in learning as much as I can about it. I love working with machines of all sorts and fluid power of some sort is found at the heart of most. As they say, “knowledge is power,” and having the knowledge of fluid power is powerful knowledge.

What are your career aspirations? What type of fluid power job do you hope to get after you graduate?

Automation is my passion and fluid power provides key elements in the grand scheme of many automation systems. Fluid power will become a more important component in my future work. I am focusing on becoming a certified fluid power systems designer to add to my toolbox. In addition, I would like to teach and pass on this knowledge to younger generations.

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