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April 2012

Chapter News

On Thursday, March 25, 2012 PIRTEK USA hosted the second Chapter 49 meeting of the year. The evening started with volunteers testing their skills with a Lego pneumatic kit. The objective was to place two small plastic balls into a cup using an air powered claw attached to a crane arm assembled from a Lego education pneumatic kit.


After the fun and games the group settled down to the more serious matters on the agenda. This included making plans for a summer webinar, further education classes at high schools using the real-life crane designed and assembled by chapter 49 members and the up-coming review and certification dates.


All agreed that after the chapter purchased a job performance kit, which can be used for six different certification exams, that a big effort will be made to promote certification by the committee to IFPS members and other companies in Central Florida. Interest has already been expressed in both C & C and the Mechanic & Technician level exams coming in the near future.


Upcoming Events


Next meeting will take place on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at the 4H Building, Orange County Extension Services, 6021 S. Conway Rd, Orlando, FL 32812. 




One of the primary missions of the IFPS is to facilitate and promote the advancement of technology and professionalism of the fluid power & motion control industry through Awareness, Education and Certification. 


Job Performance for Mechanic & Technician 

It gives the Chapter great pleasure to be able to offer the International Fluid Power Society Job Performance (JP) test for Mechanic and Technician level certifications. Not only will you have the opportunity to sit the test, our Chapter 49 Program will also provide you with 16 hours of review to help prepare. Greg George, IFPS Accredited Instructor and Certified Proctor will be offering 2 days of review for the Job Performance Certification exam, as well as proctoring the exam.


Please note that this JP test is the basis for six (6) certifications including MHM, IHM, PM, MHT,IHT and PT. Each of the required written exams can be conducted separately at any of the IFPS Certification Testing Locations advertised on the ifps.org website.


Chapter 49 will be hosting a Review Course and Exam on May 17-19 at the 4H Building, Orange County Extension Services, 6021 S. Conway Rd, Orlando, FL 32812.


For further information on these classes and exams please contact Chapter 49 at florida49er@ifps.org


Connector & Conductor 

PIRTEK USA is pleased to host the Connector & Conductor Certification to the members of Chapter 49 & 50. In addition, PIRTEK USA's Training Manager & IFPS Proctor, Mike Metcalf will host a study session the day before the exam.



July 19th & 20th, 2012 Review & Exam

Oct. 18th & 19th, 2012 Review & Exam


501 Haverty Court, Rockledge, Fl 32955


For details and to sign up, please contact Mike Metcalf at 321.508.7496 or mmetcalf@pirtekusa.com   





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