Fluid Power Journal

Results from the 2018 Minnesota Skills Competition

Master of Ceremonies: Chris Mabin, CFPS, Fleet Pride Truck & Trailer Parts
Host School: Hennepin Technical College, Brooklyn Park

Student of the Year Awards

One student from each school receives the Student of the Year Award and receives a check for $150.00 which is donated by IFPS Chapter 5. The recipient is chosen by the Instructors.

  • Alexandria Technical and Community College: Daniel Chumley
  • Minnesota West Community and Technical College – Granite Falls: David Black
  • Minnesota West Community and Technical College – Worthington: James Bjerke, CFPHS
  • Hennepin Technical College – Brooklyn Park: Darby Kramer
  • Hennepin Technical College – Eden Prairie: Dan Fritz, CFPS

2018 Competition Awards

  • 1st place ($650): David Stolte, CFPS: Hennepin Technical College – Brooklyn Park
  • 2nd place ($450): Jacob Ripley, CFPS: Hennepin Technical College – Brooklyn Park
  • 3rd place ($250): Dan Fritz, CFPS: Hennepin Technical College – Eden Prairie
  • 4th place ($150): Brett Johnson, CFPS: Hennepin Technical College – Brooklyn Park
  • 5th place ($100): Craig Isaacson, CFPS: Alexandria Technical and Community College
  • 6th place ($50): Darby Kramer: Hennepin Technical College – Brooklyn Park
  • 6th place ($50): David Black: Minnesota West Community and Technical College – Granite Falls
  • 7th place ($50): Jamin Lehto: Alexandria Technical and Community College

Past Presidents’ Scholarship

The Past Presidents Scholarship is awarded to one student each year. This scholarship pays for one full year of tuition for the selected student. This year’s check was $5,655. The Scholarship rotates yearly between the four colleges, Alexandria Technical and Community College, Hennepin Technical College-Brooklyn Park, Hennepin Technical College-Eden Prairie, and Minnesota West Community and Technical College. Funding for this scholarship is generated from IFPS Chapter 5 past presidents.

The 2018 Past Presidents’ Scholarship was awarded to: Jacob Ripley: Hennepin Technical College – Brooklyn Park

Past presidents and current Chapter 5 officers: (from left)

  • Terry Christopher, PE, CFPE, Chapter 5 President
  • Andrew Van Beusekom, CFPS, Chapter 5 Vice President
  • Tom Nelson, CFPS – Hydraulic Specialty
  • Bob Yund, CFPAI, CFPS, CFPIHT, CFPCC – retired
  • Ernie Parker, CFPAI, CFPS, CFPMM, CFPMT, CFPMIP, CFPMMH, CFPMIH – retired
  • George Beniek, retired
  • Scott Aldridge – Power Systems, Inc.
  • Bryan Anderson, CFPS – Parker Hannifin Corp.
  • Jacob Ripley, CFPS – scholarship recipient
  • Heidi Kloskin, CFPS – JEM Technical Marketing Co., Inc.
  • Harley Bergren, Honorary Chapter 5’s at 101 years young!
  • Brett Johnson, CFPS, Chapter 5 Treasurer
  • Jeannine Uehling, CFPAI, CFPAJPP, CFPS – Hennepin Technical College – Brooklyn Park
  • Alexander Duran, CFPS, Chapter 5 Secretary

Instructors

  • Chad Grimmer, CFPAJPP/CC, CFPHS – Hennepin Technical College – Eden Prairie
  • Michael Cirillo, CFPAI, CFPAJPP, CFPAJPPCC, CFPS – Hennepin Technical College – Eden Prairie
  • Jeannine Uehling, CFPAI, CFPAJPP, CFPS – Hennepin Technical College – Brooklyn Park
  • Bill Martin, CFPAI, CFPAJPP, CFPS – Hennepin Technical College – Brooklyn Park
  • Ty Bowen, CFPS – Minnesota West Community and Technical College
  • Tom Midthun, CFPS – Minnesota West Community and Technical College
  • Daniel Larson, CFPS – Alexandria Technical and Community College

Judges

The judges have the task of constructing the various tests, providing testing supplies, administering and grading the tests. The judges are the backbone to the competition and their effort commitment keeps the competition on track. Pictured from left are:

  • Bill Hotchkiss, CFPAI, CFPAJPP, CFPS – SunSource
  • Bryan Anderson, CFPS – Parker Hannifin Corp.
  • James Giroux, CFPS – Certified Power
  • Heidi Kloskin, CFPS – JEM Technical Marketing Co., Inc.
  • Scott Aldridge – Power Systems Inc.
  • Jeff Arbogast, CFPS – Hydraulic Specialty
  • Chris Mabin, CFPS, Fleet Pride Truck & Trailer Parts
  • (not pictured) – Randy Meyer, CFPS – John Henry Foster Co.

International Fluid Power Society

The IFPS supports the Skills Competition each year. Donna Pollander, ACA, IFPS Executive Director attended this year’s competition and presented a check to Chapter 5 for $2,500.00 to support the 2018 Skills Competition. In addition, IFPS funded student hotel rooms.

The continued support from IFPS is essential to Chapter 5 and is greatly appreciated by all members. Chapter 5 used the donation distributing the funds to the contestants, awards, dinner, and other costs associated with the Competition.

Eaton Corporation generously donated $10,000 to the Hennepin Technical College Scholarship Fund.

 

 

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