NFPA consistently works to increase the number of technical college and university students educated in fluid power and connect them to careers in the fluid power industry. In the university arena, the Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge challenges college students to redesign a traditional bicycle using hydraulics. The program, which runs from September through April, culminates in a final competition where teams compete in three races (sprint, efficiency and endurance) and present to industry judges about their project. The 2019 final competition will be hosted by Bimba Manufacturing Co., which is a part of IMI Precision Engineering, on April 11-12, 2019, in Littleton, Colorado.
This year, NFPA will be matching members directly to a university engineering team for mentoring. These teams will check-in with their mentor throughout the program to discuss things like vehicle design, component selection, assembly questions, and final adjustments before the final competition.
Not only will this help the teams to learn more about fluid power from industry experts and be successful in the final competition, but it will provide a connection and recruitment opportunity for NFPA members.
Potential mentors interested in making connections with students and helping them learn more about fluid powe should contact Lynn Beyer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (414) 778-3364.
Additional sponsors of the Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge include Parker Hannifin; Eaton and SunSource, which serve as parts suppliers; and LubeTech, which serves as the fluids supplier.
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