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 agricultural and mechanical engineering degree programs and enhance student to industry connections.
To be considered as a Power Partner, the university must:
- Participate in the Speaker’s Bureau program
- Participate in the Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge
- Have a Fluid Power Club
- Host a “Meet the Students” industry connection event
- Teach the nine core fluid power competencies
With this recognition, NFPA will:
- Promote the university’s fluid power programs and initiatives to all 330+ NFPA members through the website and featured articles within the NFPA web community
- Help connect its members to the university’s “Meet the Students” event where students learn about careers in fluid power and meet face-to-face with industry executives and HR professionals
- Opportunity for complimentary registrations for two university faculty members to attend both the NFPA Annual Meeting and the IEOC
This is a description of these programs and resources NFPA has created to provide help:
- Speaker’s Bureau: NFPA members speak about fluid power careers at their local universities. NFPA helps organize this by providing a draft presentation, information on types of jobs, salaries, job outlooks, and the types of degrees needed for each job, as well as working with the university and NFPA member to find a time that works for both.
- Vehicle Challenge: A unique engineering design competition embedded in the capstone design course at participating universities. It strives to promote original thinking in a competitive setting by combining technology platforms that are not normally associated with one another —human-powered vehicles and fluid power. This program also connects university students to NFPA industry members through mentorship and judging.
- Fluid Power Clubs: University students in NFPA sponsored clubs work on fluid power projects and connect with NFPA industry members.
- 9 Core Competencies: The NFPA University Education Committee, which is made up of NFPA industry members, identified nine core competencies that they would like to see university mechanical engineering students graduate with. These core competencies embody the skills that industry members would look for in job candidates.
- Fluid Power Curricula: NFPA has resources on our website that are used by academic colleagues to teach the nine core competencies in university engineering programs.
- Fluid Power Grants: Grants will be awarded to universities to support fluid power curricula.