Fluid Power Journal

Executive Profile: Garrett Hoisington, CFPAI/AJPP, CFPS, CFPMHM

Garrett Hoisington, CFPAI/AJPP, CFPS, CFPMHM

Q. How did you get started in the fluid power industry?

A. My family owns a business that services heavy equipment in the mining industry. While working for the business, I worked with a few certified fluid power specialists who inspired me to study for the test and become certified myself.

Q. How and why did you get involved in IFPS, and what have you gained professionally and personally?

A. I got involved with IFPS after a colleague, Rocky Phoenix, volunteered and was elected to the board. He felt I could contribute to the society and would enjoy working with other industry professionals.

Q. Why did you pursue certification, and how has it helped your career?

A. I was inspired by others I worked with in our family business. I really looked up to their knowledge and expertise in hydraulics.

Q. What have you learned by working in this industry?

A. I have learned how little I know. There are some amazing people involved with the society and many who have contributed to the industry through innovation, education, and service.

Q. Where do you see the industry heading in the next 10 years?

A. I see a continued trend of using hydraulics as the muscle with electronics as the brains and logic. Hydraulics and pneumatics will continue to fill the niche motion control needs they always have but with improved control and feedback interfaces.

Q. What advice would you give someone starting out in the industry?

A. Stick with the industry. There are many opportunities outside the mainstream careers. This means more job stability and the possibility of higher paying jobs.

Q. What are some of your hobbies and interests?

A. I love aviation, and I’m fortunate enough to fly for work and pleasure. I’ve played golf since I was 10 and still enjoy the game when I find time.

Q. What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?   

A. I’m kind of a 1980s computer nerd. I grew up learning computers with DOS and simple computer games and have kept up with it as I’ve grown older. I’ll still play computer games with my kids. I also enjoy programming for PLCs in the motion control world.

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