Fluid Power Journal

Profile: Michael Eisinger, CFPS


Michael Eisinger, CFPS, has worked in the fluid power industry for 24 years. He’s a graduate of the Hennepin Technical College, earning a degree in Fluid Power Technology along with earning the CFPS certification. He currently works as a sales manager for Dynamatics Hydraulics Limited UK, responsible for North and South America.

How and when did your career in the fluid power industry begin?

At age 20, I decided I needed to better myself. I looked into a technical school to see if something might match my skill-set. The school invited me to take an aptitude test, and the test revealed that I should own and manage a hardware store. So they asked if mechanical packaging or fluid power would interest me. They took me to the lab areas of both fields. After seeing the fluid power lab, I knew it was the area I should pursue. I have always had a passionate interest in the inner workings of mobile earth-moving equipment.

Why did you decide to pursue IFPS certification?

We were told in the fluid power school that certification was a must, so the entire class took the exam. I became certified back in 1993, and I have retained by CFPS ever since. I believed it would be a helpful tool in the fluid power industry.

What did you learn from the certification process?

The school was fun and exciting. The CFPS was a challenge, but I was well prepared for it. The takeaway was that being prepared is a must in order to obtain the certification the first time around.

How has certification helped your career?

I believe that my certification has put my resume to the top of the stack. It has also had a large part in landing me all of the jobs for which I have applied.

Why would you recommend certification to others?

I would recommend that all sales engineers get the certification, as recruiters recognize it in the industry. They can see that you are dedicated and knowledgeable in fluid power.

Who was the most influential person in your fluid power career?

Ernie Parker (IFPS-certified instructor at Hennepin Technical College) taught me almost everything I know regarding hydraulics.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about starting the certification process?

My advice is to learn about what part of the fluid power industry you would enjoy working in the most. Then, make that a focus and earn the appropriate certifications for that area.

Where do you see the fluid power industry heading in the next 10 years?

I see higher pressures, more demanding duty cycles, and quality of hydraulic components as a must.

Michael can be reached at michaelheisinger@hotmail.com.

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