NFPA Programs Connect Members to New Hires


One of the goals NFPA works to accomplish with our workforce programs is to connect students in our educational programs to careers in the fluid power industry at NFPA member companies. It’s always great to hear the success stories! NFPA member, Jim Kaas, of Iowa Fluid Power (IFP), recently hired two students that he met through…

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NFPA Robotics Challenge Scholarship Launches for Fourth Year

Fluid Power Robotics Challenge

The NFPA recently opened applications for the fourth annual NFPA Robotics Challenge Scholarship. The $40,000 merit-based scholarship  ($10,000 per year for four years) will go to a high school senior who participates as part of a 2020 FIRST® Robotics or National Robotics League (NRL) Competition Team and uses fluid power in the competition robot. The scholarship…

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2019 Robotics Challenge Scholarship Winner Announced

Noah Santoni, 2019 NFPA Fluid Power Robotics Challenge Scholarship winner

Noah Santoni of Richardson, Texas, is the winner of the 2019 NFPA Robotics Challenge Scholarship. The scholarship program received 76 applications this year and helps build awareness of fluid power benefits and careers among high school students. This scholarship program awards $40,000 ($10,000 per year for four years) to a high school senior who participates…

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Vehicle Challenge Brings Innovative Students to Industry’s Doorstep

The Vehicle Challenge has had another successful run — this year in Littleton, Colorado, hosted by Bimba, a part of IMI Precision Engineering, on April 11 and 12. Fifteen university teams from around the United States participated. And a huge snowstorm couldn’t stop any of them from getting to Colorado to compete. The Vehicle Challenge…

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NFPA’s Robotics Challenge Scholarship Drives Students to Use Fluid Power

FIRST Robotics 2019 Game

The NFPA Robotics Challenge is a scholarship program that supports of the missions of FIRST® Robotics and the National Robotics League (NRL). NFPA offers one merit-based scholarship for $40,000 ($10,000 per year for four years) to a high school senior who participates as part of a 2019 FIRST® Robotics or NRL Competition Team. This scholarship may be used to study engineering…

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Teachers Reinforce Value of Fluid Power Action Challenge

Joliet Fluid Power Action Challenge

  By Eric Lanke NFPA President/CEO On April 28, 2017, I attended the Fluid Power Action Challenge hosted by Caterpillar and Joliet Junior College in Joliet, Illinois. If you’re not familiar with the program, the Fluid Power Action Challenge is a design/build competition for eighth grade students that has them building fluid power-controlled machines and…

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NFPA Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge Brings Students & Industry Together

2017 Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge

Teams of college students from across the country gathered in Ames, Iowa last week to compete against each other with the fluid-powered bicycles they had designed and built for the The Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge. NFPA member, Danfoss, hosted the event at their headquarters building and test track. Seven university teams competed, including Cal Poly…

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NFPA Grants Bring Fluid Power to Students in Tampa Bay

Grants recipient in Tampa

The Fluid Power Action Challenge not only reaches students in traditional classrooms, but has also engaged students who are homeschooled. The Tampa Bay HEAT Homeschool group recently received a grant from NFPA, which enabled teacher Samantha Porter Lerch to lead her students in learning about and creating fluid power designs. Samantha shared the fun ways she brought…

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