Fluid Power Journal

Profile: Rocky Phoenix, CFPMHM, CFPMHT


Rocky Phoenix, CFPMHM, CFPMHT, has been involved in the fluid power industry for the past 10 years with Open Loop Energy working within the mining industry. He earned an Associate Degree in Industrial Drafting and Design, raced motorcycles professionally (Super Bikes), and earned his private pilot license (single engine land and glider ratings). His previous work experience includes 17 years in the motorcycle industry and then 15 years in the automotive industry. He is a member of the IFPS 2016 Board of Directors.

How did you get started in the fluid power industry?

I moved to Northern Nevada to be in a rural setting after living in Seattle, Wash., for 35 years. A chance application for a position with Open Loop Energy in Winnemucca, Nev., as a technician in their company dealing primarily with the mining industry introduced me to the fluid power industry.

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

Our company (Open Loop Energy) understands and endorses the importance of certification through the IFPS, and certification is highly recommended. My certification was earned early in my career at the company and has helped me understand and grow within the industry to better help our customers.

I am definitely a late bloomer in fluid power. I became involved with the IFPS because of this “new” career and earned certification as a Mobile Hydraulic Mechanic and as a Mobile Hydraulic Technician to further my knowledge of fluid power. My certification has helped me, as a customer service representative, to better answer questions and help our customers solve problems. I am currently volunteering on the IFPS Board to help further education and knowledge.

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

Early in my career, I saw the value of certification, which allowed me to show my dedication and passion for fluid power. The certification has helped me become a more valuable employee within the company because I am able to assist our customers with more knowledge and professionalism.

What have you learned so far by working in this industry?

I’ve learned how dedicated and passionate people are in this industry, and how far I have yet to go!

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

Well, I’m not a Tarot reader, but judging by human inclination to make bigger and better machines and projects, I would anticipate a larger need for fluid power…but with more electronic integration.

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

My advice is to immerse yourself in education and training for this field, and don’t look back!

What are some of your hobbies and interests?

Most of my hobbies involve mechanical projects, i.e. vintage aircraft and motorcycling and cars. Currently I fly an airplane that I rebuilt, and I drive a 1964 VW Beetle that I rebuilt. Of course I still have a soft spot for our two standard poodles, too.

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

What a nice guy I am! Seriously, they might be surprised to know that I worked for the Seattle Ferrari Dealership as a Master Technician for nearly 15 years and had training in Italy at the factory.

Rocky Phoenix can be reached at rphoenix@openloop.net.

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