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The 2019 Minnesota Fluid Power Skills Competition Recap

The Minnesota Fluid Power Skills Competition brings students from each of the four Minnesota technical colleges that offer 2-year Fluid Power programs together to compete. The competition is divided into four sections: written test, fitting identification, troubleshooting and a special challenge. The competition lasts three and a half hours and provides an excellent way for the contestants to determine their areas of strength as well as areas that need additional focus.

Master of Ceremonies – Chris Mabin, CFPS, SunSource

Host School – Hennepin Technical College – Eden Prairie

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.

Minnesota West Community and Technical College – Granite Falls: Brian Williams, CFPS

Hennepin Technical College – Brooklyn Park: Jacob Ripley, CFPS

Hennepin Technical College – Eden Prairie – Jacob Smith

 2019 COMPETITION AWARDS

1st place ($650): Darby Kramer, CFPS: Hennepin Technical College – Brooklyn Park

1st place ($650): Jacob Ripley, CFPS: Hennepin Technical College – Brooklyn Park

2nd place ($250): Susan Giese, CFPS: Hennepin Technical College – Eden Prairie

3rd place ($150): Steve Anderson, CFPS: Hennepin Technical College – Brooklyn Park

4th place ($100): Colin Glynn, CFPS: Hennepin Technical College – Eden Prairie

5th place ($50): Brian Williams, CFPS: Minnesota West Community and Technical College – Granite Falls

6th place ($50): Joel Lumley: Hennepin Technical College – Brooklyn Park

7th place ($50): Justin Sears, CFPS: Hennepin Technical College – Brooklyn Park

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 $5,566. 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 2019 Past Presidents’ Scholarship was awarded to: Susan Giese, CFPS: Hennepin Technical College – Eden Prairie

INSTRUCTORS

Chad Grimmer, CFPAJPP/CC, CFPHS – Hennepin Technical College – Eden Prairie

Michael Cirillo, CFPAI/AJPP, CFPS – Hennepin Technical College – Eden Prairie

Jeannine Uehling, CFPAI/AJPP, CFPS – Hennepin Technical College – Brooklyn Park

Bill Martin, CFPAI/AJPP, CFPS – Hennepin Technical College – Brooklyn Park

Ty Bowen, CFPS – Minnesota West Community and Technical College

Tom Midthun, CFPS- Minnesota West Community and Technical 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.

About the IFPS

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 2019 Skills Competition.

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.

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