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June 2012

Chapter News

On May 17th the Chapter 49 committee members and guests met at the 4H building on Conway Road, Orlando. It was a well attended meeting with a number of first-timers.


The meeting was held in conjunction with a 16 hour training and review course for the IFPS job performance test for hydraulic mechanic and technician level Certifications. The course was hosted by IFPS Chapter 49 Accredited Instructor Greg George. The candidates took their exam on the following Saturday.


Several topics were discussed at the meeting which included production of a manual to accompany the "Real World Crane" used to teach high school children the basics of fluid power, further training this year with exam dates and the summer webinar.

Upcoming Events 


The Chapter set a date for the summer webinar of July 19, 2012 at 4 pm Eastern.  Based on some very constructive feedback from guest attendees the webinar will be dedicated to "The benefits of becoming involved with your local Chapter and Certifications."


A separate e-mail and invitation will be sent out later this month to IFPS members to attend the July Webinar.




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 

The Chapter will be offering a further review course from October 18th-20th 2012 at the 4H Building, Orange County Extension Services, 6021 S. Conway Rd, Orlando, FL 32812. Once again the course will be tutored and the exam proctored by Greg George.     

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.


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. 24th & 25th, 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    


Safety Tip


The length of a pressurized hose can vary from +2% to -4% while hydraulic machinery is in operation. Allow for possible shortening of the hose by making the replacement hydraulic assembly slightly longer than the actual distance between the two connections. Otherwise, the connection could fail causing multiple injuries from the hose or the hydraulic fluid.  

Planned Meetings

Thursday, July 19th 

4:00 pm Webinar    

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