How it Works

The Vehicle Challenge supports the education of next generation engineers by exposing them to the design challenges associated with a fluid powered vehicle, and teaching them the value of fluid power components, circuits, and systems. In addition, the program provides these students with first-hand experience in working as an engineering team on a timeline to design, simulate, build, test, qualify, and compete with their concepts. 


A detailed outline of the Vehicle Challenge program.

Meet the Teams

See what universities are competing and review previous year’s submissions.

Educational Webinars

Download and review videos to learn more about fluid power as it relates to this program.

Judges and Mentors 

Industry Mentors coach teams throughout the year and Industry Judges participate in the assessment and scoring of each team and determines category winners at the Final Competition.


NFPA Pascal Society donors support this program. See how they’re involved!

Stipends and Travel

One team per university will be funded through the program through stipend disbursements and reimbursement for travel to the Final Competition.


Over $13,000 can be awarded in prizes to teams that place in several categories! Award funds are issued either directly to students or to the home university to support future program efforts.