Educational Webinars

Here are supplemental materials available for student teams to download and review to learn more about fluid power as it relates to this program.

For additional educational videos to use in teaching fluid power, scroll to the bottom of this page under the Educational Video Library

Safety PowerPoint (Mandatory)

Fluid power safety is of the utmost importance. All program participants are required to review this presentation on fluid power safety.


  • Personal Safety
  • Lab Safety
  • Equipment Safety
  • Chemical Safety
  • Design Safety

Safety PowerPoint

Safety Video (Mandatory)

Fluid power safety is of the utmost importance. All program participants are required to review this presentation on fluid power safety. NOTE: This video contains graphic images of actual injection injuries and what was required to properly treat them to underline the importance of safety. 

Duration: 33 minutes


  • Dangers of suddenly released stored energy
  • How to keep people out of harms way
  • Dangers of high-pressure fluid injection and what to do if that happens
  • Creating a culture that recognizes and protects again fluid power injuries

Safety Video


Sizing Components Webinar (Mandatory)

Duration: 60 minutes


  • Calculate the pull of the vehicle
  • Calculate the torque of the drive wheel
  • Determine your system pressure (PSI)
  • Size the drive motor for cubic inches per revolution (CIR)
  • Calculate wheel RPM
  • Calculate GPM (gallons per minute)
  • Calculate HP (Horsepower)
  • Size the hydraulic lines
  • Size the pump

Sizing Components Webinar

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Testing Efficiency Webinar (Mandatory)

Duration: 25 minutes


  • List of necessary equipment needed for testing
  • Schematics and formulas for calculating:
    • Volumetric, Mechanical, and overall efficiency
  • Show pictures of setups and testing

Testing Efficiency Webinar

Mounts & Case Drains Webinar (Mandatory)

Duration: 25 minutes


  • Identify different pump mounts
  • Understand when to use case drains

*Note: Refer to the Lightening Reference Handbook

Mounts & Case Drains Video

Norgren, Career Information, the Use of Pneumatics and Applications (optional)

Duration: 32 minutes

  • Review of Competition Rules
  • Why Pneumatics
  • Suggested applications to Consider
  • Suggested products you will need
  • Safety
  • Circuits and products

Norgren, Career Information, the Use of Pneumatics and Applications

Iowa Fluid Power, Use of Electronics (Optional)

Duration: 30 minutes


  • Why Electronics
  • Displays
  • Logic and Valve Drivers
  • Control “Kits”
  • Electro-Hydraulic Valves
  • Pressure Reducing Application

Iowa Fluid Power, Use of Electronics

Manifold Design Basics (Optional)

Duration: 30 minutes


  • Custom manifold context, advantages, and drawbacks
  • Custom manifold design – options available to student teams
  • Introduction to manifold concepts and design considerations
  • Educations Webinar Link – TBD

Hydraulic Circuit Design using NetSkeme Hydraulics (optional)

Duration: 30 minutes


  • Create a hydraulic schematic from scratch
  • Create a Parts List utilizing the components within a schematic
  • Save a DWG or PDF of a hydraulic schematic
  • Build custom hydraulic and pneumatic symbols
  • Access the NetSkeme Help section for further clarification

Hydraulic Circuit Design using NetSkeme Hydraulics

Introduction to Fluid Power (Optional)

Duration: 45 minutes


  • Define fluid power systems
  • Compare hydraulic and pneumatic systems
  • Basic fluid power devices and their associated schematics
  • Identify critical fluid power properties, pressure, flow rate, and valve position
  • Discuss how these properties must be controlled and measured by a fluid power system to control the strength, speed, and direction of resultant mechanical output.

Introduction to Fluid Power Systems Video


MDTools Basics

All program participants are required to review this presentation if they are choosing to design their own manifold layout using VEST Inc. software offerings

Duration: 45 minutes

  • Pre-Requisite Trainings: Manifold Design Basics


  • Concept of translating schematic components/connections into cavities/nets
  • Creating 3D manifold design
  • Performing manifold design checks and correcting design
  • Creating and annotating standard machining drawings
  • Creating assembly drawings

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MDTools Basics


ManifoldEdge Basics (optional)

All program participants are required to review this presentation if they are choosing to design their own manifold layout using VEST Inc. software offerings

Duration: 45 minutes


  • Create suitable collaboration artifacts from MDTools
  • Share designs with multiple stakeholders
  • Clarify expectations regarding manifold design inspection


ManifoldEdge Basics

Tube Flaring, Bending and Assembly (Optional)

Duration: 50 minutes


  • Comparison of tubing and hoses
  • Necessary equipment
  • Flaring Procedures
  • Tube Bending
  • Relevant Calculation

Tube Flaring, Bending and Assembly

How and Why to Get Certified in Fluid Power (Optional)

Duration: 30 minutes


  • Background of the International Fluid Power Society (IFPS)
  • Hydraulic Specialist Certification
  • Pneumatic Specialist Certification
  • Master Certification Pathways
  • How certifications enhance your career
  • How to Get Certified
  • The Cost of Certification

Certification Video

Fundamentals of Fluid Power  (Optional)

Duration: Varies


  • Benefits and limitations of fluid power compared with other power transmission technologies
  • Operation, use and symbols of common hydraulic components
  • How to formulate and analyze models of hydraulic components and circuits
  • How to design and predict the performance of fluid power circuits

Fundamentals of Fluid Power Webinar

Additional Resources:

The International Fluid Power Society (IFPS) released new version of the Fluid Power Reference Handbook, a resource for hydraulic, pneumatic and motion control professionals. This handbook is a well-known industry resource that not only helps current professionals but also future fluid power professionals. Learn more at

CCEFP Webinar Series

The CCEFP Webinar Series is a monthly forum highlighting fluid power research topics from universities across the country.

Educational Video Library 

To help educators across the country access more virtual fluid power content to use in the classroom, we are now sharing videos of real-life examples of various fluid power technologies from NFPA member companies and fellow educator partners.  

These videos are free to use for educational purposes. This is a great opportunity for students to learn about the realm of fluid power technologies and the different career path opportunities. This can also help students become familiar with how specific products work while also starting to learn about the individual companies in the industry so that they are more educated about where to look for internships/jobs, and even when making purchasing decisions once they’re in the workforce.  If you have an educational video that you feel would be beneficial to students learning about fluid power, please send them to Amy Zignego at NFPA for consideration.

Impact of Fluid Power Industry – NFPA

Description of the fluid power industry, economic impact and reasons to study it.

Hydraulic Hose – Gates Corp

Description of hose construction and manufacturing

Hydraulic Cylinders – Ametek 

Design considerations for hydraulic cylinders

Hydraulic Cylinders – Ametek

Magnetostrictive technology

Accumulators – Turner Hydraulics 

Accumulators charging

Automation – Hydraforce

Video of recent automation projects

Fittings – Hydraforce 

Installation video

Manifolds – Hydraforce 

Manifold assembly 

PLC Programming – Murray State University

How to program Allen Bradley ControlLogix 5000 PLCs. How to establish an ethernet, ethernet IP, and virtual communication using RSLinx.

HMI Programming – Murray State University 

How to create a very simple HMI Video and demonstrate how to connect the HMI program to a PLC.

Studio 5000: Simple Project 1 – The Seal-In with Mulitple Permissives – Murray State University 

Program designed to seal in a motor when the start button is pressed. The motor will remain running even when the operator is not pressing the start button. The start button is normally open. The normally closed Estop, the normally open over-speed switch, and the normally closed Line Estop will all stop the motor.