About Us

The NFPA Education and Technology Foundation is a tax-exempt, charitable organization, affiliated with National Fluid Power Association, that is dedicated to meeting the fluid power industry's workforce development need. We do this through education programs spanning middle school through university level as well as through connecting fluid power industry members to educators.

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Our Mission

In a biennial survey, members of the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) consistently rank the recruitment of a skilled workforce as one of the most challenging issues their companies face. This is likely because not enough technical colleges or universities are teaching hydraulics and pneumatics, nor preparing their students for careers in the fluid power industry.

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 technical college and university students educated in fluid power, and to connect them to jobs in our industry.

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 industry 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.

Our Leadership

Meet the 2022-23 NFPA Education and Technology Foundation Board of Directors, made up of five influential leaders within the fluid power industry.

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Jim Kaas

Chair
President
IFP Motion Solutions, Inc.

Tom Hunter

Vice Chair
Vice President, Global Business Dev.
Husco

Keith Simons

Treasurer
President
OEM Controls

James Slone

Secretary 
Vice President
SunSource

Jeff Hand

Past Chair
President & CEO
Ross Controls

Our Industry Supporters

The NFPA Education and Technology Foundation extends gratitude to the many generous donors who share our mission of meeting the workforce development needs of the U.S. fluid power industry.

Companies are able to help support workforce development efforts by donating to the NFPA Foundation as a Pascal Society donor, a larger-scale commitment that also gives companies extra visibility, or by donating independently to the foundation.

The following companies gave a Pascal Society-level donation for the 2021-22 fiscal year.

PASCAL

Pledged More Than 50% of NFPA Dues

Bosch Rexroth
Danfoss
Deltrol Fluid Products
FluiDyne Fluid Power
FORCE America
Gates Corporation
Helios Technologies
HUSCO
Hydra-Power Systems
Kawasaki GTF
Linde Hydraulics Corporation
Main Manufacturing Products
Micromatic
Moseys Production Machinists
OEM Controls
Parker Hannifin
Poclain Hydraulics
Trelleborg Sealing Solutions
Yates Industries

Pledged 50% of NFPA Dues

Alro Steel
Applied Industrial Technologies
ARGO-HYTOS
Bucher Hydraulics
Caterpillar
Clippard Instrument Laboratory
Comer Industries
Delta Computer Systems
Engineering Technology Services
Evonik Oil Additives
Festo
Galland Henning Nopak
GPM Controls LLC
HYDAC/Schroeder Industries
Hydraforce
IC-Fluid Power
IFP Motion Solutions, Inc.
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International Fluid Power Society
Industrial Hard Chrome
JEM Technical Marketing Company
KYB Americas
MHA Zentgraf Corporation
Moog, Inc.
Muncie Power Products
National Tube Supply Company
NORGREN
Nott Company
QCC
ROSS Controls
SunSource

The following individuals and organizations made a donation in the current recognition year as of November 29, 2021.

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  • Kevin Coughlin
  • Giovanni De Dona
  • Jeff Hand
  • Adams Air & Hydraulics
  • AMETEK APT
  • Applied Industrial Technologies
  • ArcelorMittal Tubular Products
  • ARGO-HYTOS Inc.
  • AW-Lake Company
  • Brand Hydraulics
  • Bucher Hydraulics
  • Cadenas PARTsolutions
  • Camozzi Pneumatics, Inc.
  • Caterpillar Inc.
  • CIM-TEK Filtration
  • Clippard Instrument Laboratory
  • CNH
  • Comer Industries Inc.
  • Daman Products Company
  • Danfoss
  • Delta Computer Systems, Inc.
  • Deltrol Fluid Products
  • Dura-Bar
  • Endeavor Business Media
  • Evonik Oil Additives USA, Inc.
  • Exotic Automation & Supply
  • Festo Corporation
  • FluiDyne Fluid Power
  • FORCE America Inc.
  • Gates Corporation
  • GPM Controls LLC
  • Helios Technologies
  • HPS, Inc.
  • HUSCO
  • HYDAC/ Schroeder Industries
  • Hydradyne LLC
  • Hydraforce
  • Hydra-Power Systems, Inc.
  • HED
  • Idemitsu Lubricants Americas
  • Industrial Hard Chrome
  • Iowa Fluid Power
  • JARP Industries, Inc.
  • JEM Technical Marketing Co.
  • Kepner Products Co.
  • KP Components Inc.
  • Linde Hydraulics Corp.
  • Master Pneumatic-Detroit
  • MFP Seals
  • Micromatic LLC
  • Mosey’s Production Machinists
  • Motion
  • Muncie Power Products, Inc.
  • National Tube Supply Co.
  • NORGREN
  • Nott Company
  • OEM Controls, Inc.
  • Peninsular Cylinder Co.
  • Poclain Hydraulics, Inc.
  • QCC
  • QP Hydraulics
  • R&J Cylinder & Machine
  • ROSS Controls
  • Scanreco, Inc
  • Schmalz, Inc.
  • Scott Industrial Systems, Inc.
  • Sharon Tube
  • SMC Corporation
  • Spectra Premium Corporation
  • SPX Hydraulic Technologies
  • Stucchi S.p.A.
  • SunSource
  • TraceParts
  • Trelleborg Sealing Solutions
  • Ultra Clean Technologies Corp
  • Walvoil Fluid Power
  • World Wide Fittings Corp.
  • WTWH Media
  • Yates Industries, Inc.