University Pathway

A Pathway for More Educated Fluid Power Engineers

To create more educated engineers, the NFPA, the NFPA Foundation, and their partner, the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP), conduct a number of research and education programs, designed to better engage academic faculty in the teaching of fluid power.


University Power Partner Program

The NFPA University Power Partner Program is an annual recognition program designed to showcase a university that actively participates in all NFPA fluid power educational programs. The major objective for this program is to increase the amount of fluid power being taught in university mechanical engineering degree programs and enhance student to industry connections.



The NFPA Technology Roadmap is a document that describes an industry-wide consensus regarding the pre-competitive research and development needs associated with improving the design and function of fluid power components and systems. 


Speaker's Bureau

NFPA is looking for industry people to go to local universities and talk to students about careers in fluid power.


Research Supplements

The NFPA Education and Technology Foundation helps to engage current and build the careers of future university faculty who are and will be in a position to teach fluid power to undergraduate engineers on their campuses.



Fluid Power Clubs 

NFPA supports clubs at universities to help students learn about fluid power while they work on educational and technical projects.


Fluid Power Curricula

The fluid power industry has identified competencies that newly graduated Mechanical Engineering students should learn before entering the workforce. The resources listed are available and are currently being used around the country to teach fluid power.


University Grant Application

The NFPA Education and Technology Foundation is committed to supporting university fluid power education and programs. The Fluid Power University Grant is designed to provide funding to faculty to add/add more fluid power curricula to their undergraduate mechanical engineering programs.


Vehicle Challenge

The NFPA Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge is a competition that challenges college engineering students to redesign a traditional bicycle using hydraulics as the mode of power transmission.



NFPA supports funding opportunities for students enrolled in technical colleges and engineering schools to pursue their interests in fluid power careers.


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