Get Involved and Recruit Students out of NFPA’s Wisconsin Fast Track Hub

One of NFPA’s strategic priorities is to increase the number of fluid power educated technicians and engineers. Our Fast Track to Fluid Power program is one of the workforce development initiatives conducted to fill that need. A Fast Track Hub centers on a technical or community college with a validated fluid power and mechatronics degree program. The program aims to foster a productive partnership between technical colleges, NFPA’s industry partners, and students and faculty in local middle schools and high schools.

Following are current and future opportunities to participate in ongoing and unique events that increase your visibility with students and educators surrounding Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC), NFPA’s Wisconsin Fast Track Hub and help build awareness for the fluid power industry.

  • Current Opportunities:
      • Participate in NFPA’s Speaker’s Bureau at Wisconsin Partner Schools
        • Speaker’s Bureau is an opportunity to inspire and excite students about career opportunities in the fluid power industry.
        • Muskego High School (Muskego, WI) needs speakers for a December 12 (7:30am – 11:30am) Career Fair
      • Speak to Wisconsin First Robotics® Teams about Pneumatics
        • 50 min. talk December 2, 2023 (10am, 11am, or Noon) @ WCTC
        • Help teams better understand pneumatics
        • Support materials
        • Please contact James Foster by EOD Nov. 10 to register
      • Bay View High School (MPS) – Help Build a Fluid Power Curriculum
        • Engineering & Art educator wants his students to learn about fluid power, product methods, CAD, problem solving, potential career paths, soft skills and more
        • He’s seeking help to build a fluid power curriculum for his students
        • Goal: begin curriculum planning in January 2024
        • NFPA can connect you with the educator
      • Wisconsin NFPA Workforce Engagement Group – Virtual Meeting

        • December 8, 2023 (10:30am – 11:14am CT)

        • Key topics: How to Start an Apprenticeship Program in Wisconsin” and “Hiring WCTC Interns from the Industrial Maintenance & Automation Programs”

        • Register here


Contact James Foster ( to volunteer or learn more about these opportunities and events. Similar activities are taking place in the other Fast Track Hub regions. Click here to join a Workforce Engagement Group and stay informed of the latest opportunities to recruit and engage with emerging talent in the regions.

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