A Message to Pascal Society Donors

Thank you for your support of the NFPA Foundation through our Pascal giving society. Here’s a short video from NFPA’s President/CEO, highlighting some of the ways your company can benefit from the workforce development programs your donations are supporting.

Hello, this is Eric Lanke with a quick message for our Pascal Society donors. It’s now February 2022, and I hope most of you are looking forward to joining us in Arizona for the NFPA Annual Conference. While we’re there, I’d love you get your feedback on the list of fluid power competencies that we use to ensure that our partner schools are teaching the subjects that matter most to our industry. Your Pascal Society donations support several grant programs that we’ve established to help our partner schools develop curriculum that teaches to these competencies, so it’s imperative that we have an accurate list of skill sets that you are actually looking for when hiring candidates out of our 2-year tech schools and 4-year universities.

For tech schools, the competencies focus on general fluid power knowledge – like the ability to analyze and troubleshoot problems in fluid power systems and to program and connect electronic controls for fluid power systems. On the university side, things are a little different, reflecting the different skill sets that you’re looking for from 4-year degreed engineers. Here, the fluid power competencies are more focused on the design and application of fluid power products and systems – including the theoretical knowledge and the simulation and analysis tools needed to do that properly.

As part of a new initiative, we’ve recently defined some new competencies – for both tech school and university graduates – in the increasingly important areas of electronics, control systems and data acquisition.

You can see the full list of tech school and university competencies by clicking the link below this video. As a member of our Pascal Society Council, and an industry member seeking to hire candidates out of grant programs, I’m asking for your help in reviewing these competencies. Do they accurately reflect the skill sets that your company seeks when hiring tech school and university graduates in fluid power? Email me with any comments or suggestions you have there.

It’s critical that we get this list of competencies right, as they directly affect the kinds of things that the people you want to hire are being taught. I hope you will take a few minutes to help us out and provide your feedback. If you’re planning to be in Arizona for the Annual Conference, we can certainly connect there.

Thank you for your ongoing support and engagement in our workforce development activities.

Provide Feedback on Fluid Power Competencies

We would love to get your feedback on the list of fluid power competencies that we use to ensure that our partner schools are teaching the subjects and skill sets that you are looking for when hiring candidates out of 2-year tech schools and 4-year universities. These competencies include general fluid power knowledge areas for tech school graduates and design and application concepts for university graduates. And, as part of a new initiative, we’ve recently defined new competencies in the increasingly important areas of electronics, control systems, and data acquisition.
 
Email me at elanke@nfpa.com to let us know your thoughts. Does the list accurately reflect the skill sets that your company seeks when hiring tech school and university graduates in fluid power? 

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