2016 Minnesota Skills Competition

2016 Skills Competition
Hosted by: Alexandria Technical and Community College

2016 Student of the Year Awards
At the skills competition one student from each school receives the Student of the Year Award. The recipient is chosen by the Instructors. Each recipient received a check for $100.00 donated by Chapter 5.
Zachary Zink – Alexandria Technical and Community College
Brandon Benson, CFPS - Minnesota West Granite Falls
Jesse Lucking, CFPS – Hennepin Technical College - Eden Prairie
Henry Timmer, CFPS – Hennepin Technical College - Brooklyn Park

2016 Skills Competition Awards: (pictured below)


From left to right (Chris Mabin, CFPS,  Fleet Pride was Master of Ceremonies)
• 1st Place $600.00 – Brandon Benson, CFPS, Minnesota West Technical and Community College
• 2nd Place $400.00 – Jesse Lucking, CFPS, Hennepin Technical College - Eden Prairie
• 3rd Place $200.00 – Lucas Schoen, CFPS, Hennepin Technical College - Eden Prairie
• 4th Place $100.00 – Steven Hoium, CFPS, Hennepin Technical College - Eden Prairie
• 5th Place $50.00 – Bryan Kaeter, Alexandria Technical and Community College

Past Presidents Scholarship
 
Every year a Past Presidents Scholarship is awarded to one student. This scholarship pays for one full year of tuition for the selected student. This year's check was $6,100.90. It rotates yearly between the four colleges; Alexandria Technical and Community College, Hennepin Technical College-Brooklyn Park, Hennepin Technical College-Eden Prairie, and Minnesota West Granite Falls. Funding for this scholarship is generated from IFPS Chapter 5 past presidents.

Pictured left: George Beniek (right) presents the 2016 Past Presidents Scholarship to Zachary Zink, Alexandria Technical and Community College.


 
 

Instructors:
Mark Sagedahl - Alexandria Technical and Community College (Host)
Rob Auel, CFPAI - Alexandria Technical and Community College (Host)
Bill Martin, CFPAI - Hennepin Technical College, Brooklyn Park
Jeannine Uehling, CFPAI - Hennepin Technical College, Brooklyn Park
Bob Yund, CFPAI - Hennepin Technical College, Eden Prairie
Ernie Parker, CFPAI - Hennepin Technical College, Eden Prairie
Tom Midthun, CFPS - Minnesota West, Granite Falls
Judges: (pictured below) 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.


(left to right) Scott Aldridge, Power Systems Inc.; Bill Hotchkiss, CFPAI, SunSource; Randy Meyer, CFPS, John Henry Foster Co.; Bryan Anderson, CFPS, Parker Hannifin Corporation; Jeff Arbogast, CFPS, Fleet Pride Truck & Trailer Parts; James Giroux, CFPS, Certified Power, Inc.; not pictured - Heidi Kloskin, CFPS, JEM Technical Marketing Co., Inc. and Tom Nelson, CFPS, Hydraulic Specialty Inc.
A Special Thanks To:
Our dedicated, retiring instructors.
 
 
 (from left) Rob Auel,CFPAI, Alexandria Technical and Community College, Donna Pollander, ACA, IFPS, Bob Yund, CFPAI and Ernie Parker, CFPAI both from Hennepin Technical College
 
Every year the International Fluid Power Society (IFPS) supports the skills competition. Donna Pollander, ACA, IFPS Executive Director attended this year's competition and presented a check to Chapter 5 for $2,000.00 supporting the 2016 skills competition, in addition. 1st through 5th place winners and the Students of the Year will all receive a one-year paid membership to the IFPS. 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 contest.

IFPS Chapter 5 would like to thank the following companies for new products and major monetary support for the Alexandria Technical and Community College Mechatronics Program:

3M Foundation
Rexroth via Motion Tech Automation, Inc.
Eaton via Air Hydraulics & Applied Industrial Tech
Force America
SMC
Beckhoff Automation
 
Additional contributors include:
Festo Innotek Engineering Products
Hartfiel Automation Pro-Mach/Brenton
Douglas Machine Massman Automation
KLN Enterprises, Inc. Parker Mobile Hydraulics
Ritter Sensors Inc.
The Aagard Group Rob Auel
Mechatronic Solutions Graco, Inc
John Henry Foster John and Michelle Stenz
Joseph Hanson PMMI
Alexandria Awake the Lakes’ Ribfest Stoen’s Hydraulics
R.E. Purvis & Associates JEM Technical

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