Fluid Power Journal

2019 Spring Meeting Recap

The IFPS 2019 spring meeting, held in Savannah, Georgia, was a great success. All 20 volunteer Board of Directors, along with three honorary-directors, were in attendance and hard at work (with a little fun mixed in) steering the IFPS ship, so-to-speak.

A few subcommittees were formed during the meeting. If you are interested in participating in the following subcommittees, via conference calls, please e-mail Adele Kayser, Communications Manager, akayser@ifps.org.

Certification Committee

Certification Review Subcommittees – To keep pace with industry changes, IFPS Certifications are scheduled for review every five years. These subcommittees will review and develop Outcomes, Study Manuals and Test questions.  We are seeking subject matter experts for the following Certifications:

  • Job Performance Test(s) both Mobile and Industrial
  • Mechatronics

Education Committee

  • Subcommittee – STEM-based Youth and Outreach Program
  • Task: develop training materials to use in this program

Marketing Committee

  • Subcommittee – Social Media
  • Task: Develop a social media plan

IFPS was honored to have John Groot, who was recently approved for CFPPS-Emeritus, and his wife, Marge Groot, attend our evening dinner. The dinner was held on a lively Savannah River dinner-cruise where John was presented with an appreciation plaque by Dean Houdeshell, PE, CFPAI, Past President and Tim White, CFPAI, President.

James (Jimmy) Simpson, CFPAI, was approved for Emeritus status at the spring meeting. A candidate for IFPS Emeritus Certification must meet specific requirements, including nomination by at least three IFPS members in good standing, at least one of whom must be a current or past board member, and maintained continuous IFPS certification for at least 20 years. 

On the Horizon

  1. A newly designed, updated, full-color, indexed, Fluid Power Reference Handbook
  2. STEM-based Youth and Outreach Program Training Materials
  3. The prospect of developing a Mechatronics Certification
  4. Additions to enhance our online HS and PS Interactive Study Guide
  5. Review and update of all Mechanic and Technician Certifications

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