NFPA Program Connects Industry with University Students

NFPA’s workforce development programs provide a number of opportunities for NFPA member companies to connect with their future workforce. Through NFPA’s Speaker’s Bureau program, volunteers from member companies go to university engineering classrooms to talk to students about careers in fluid power. This spring, three managers from Kaman Fluid Power visited the Intro to Fluid Power and Advanced Fluid Power classes at Purdue University. As a result, Kaman hired two interns for the summer. The students, pictured above, are Jacob Lenne and Anthony Smith, and both are majoring in Mechanical Engineering Technology at Purdue.

Other Speakers Bureau events that took place last school year included Bimba Manufacturing Company visiting Purdue, Womack Machine Supply Company visiting Oklahoma State, and PARTSolutions visiting George Fox University. Many thanks to all of these companies and their volunteers.

The Speakers Bureau program is part of NFPA’s efforts to help increase the number of technical college and university students educated in fluid power and connect them to careers in the industry. Not only do these visits get more students aware of and excited about fluid power, they can also make recruitment easier for the companies involved.

If your company would like to get involved, NFPA can provide a draft presentation that you can customize with your own company information. The Careers website has statistics about the types of jobs that are available, including salaries, job outlooks, and the types of degrees needed. There’s also a careers flyer to hand out to students, and we will work with you and the university to help coordinate the visit.

If you’re interested in participating this fall, have university contacts you’d like to share, or would like further information, please contact Amy Zignego, Workforce Development Manager, at