In a biennial survey, members of the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) consistently rank workforce development as the most challenging issue their companies face. This is likely because not enough technical colleges and universities are teaching fluid power to their students.

As a result, NFPA has identified growing the fluid power workforce as one of its primary strategic priorities. It is central to its mission of strengthening the fluid power industry. NFPA seeks to increase the number of educated technicians and engineers embarking on careers in fluid power.

The NFPA Education and Technology Foundation is a tax-exempt, charitable organization, affiliated with NFPA, that is dedicated to meeting this workforce development need. Through the generous support of our donors, we are:

  • Creating more educated fluid power technicians by funding student outreach and education programs designed to create a pathway into the fluid power industry; and
  • Creating more educated fluid power engineers by funding research and education programs designed to better engage academic faculty in the teaching of fluid power.

Because of your support, our programs are helping to change the talent pool available to our industry. More young people are aware of the fluid power industry. More 2-year technical college and 4-year university graduates have specific training in fluid power. More universities have research facilities and education programs focused on fluid power. And more partnerships between these schools and our industry are increasing access to highly talented candidates. 

This is truly our mission — yours and ours — and it is working. Your donations will make sure it works for many years to come.


Eric Lanke 
President and CEO
NFPA Education and Technology Foundation


NFPA Education and Technology Foundation Board of Directors:

John Stenz
President & CEO

FORCE America, Inc.

Jon Goreham
Immediate Past Chairman

Ray Chambers
Vice Chairman
Chairman, CEO & President
Muncie Power Products, Inc. 

Jeff Hand
President & CEO
ROSS Controls 

Jim Kaas
Iowa Fluid Power 

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