growFLUID Program

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The goal of Dakota Fluid Power’s growFLUID program, is to provide an opportunity for high school & post-secondary students to learn about and experience Fluid Power Technology. Dakota Fluid Power offers high school and post-secondary students hands on training through an internship program. DFP also has scholarship programs to accredited Fluid Power technical schools, with a job opportunity upon completion of technical degree. It is DFP’s goal to grow our own through these amazing opportunities. Interested in job shadowing opportunities, company tours or want more information on our internships, scholarship program or tuition reimbursement? Email hr@dakotafluidpower.com or call 605-338-9982.

What is Fluid Power?
Fluid Power is the technology of controlling (motion control) and applying smooth, effective power of hydraulics or pneumatics to push, pull, rotate, regulate or drive virtually all of the mechanisms of modern world. Thousands of employers throughout the United States require expertise in:
  • Designing fluid power systems.
  • Installing fluid power systems and components, such as pumps, motors, compressors, valves, cylinders and accessories.
  • Operating fluid power systems and their machines.
  • Troubleshooting and maintaining fluid power systems on such equipment as industrial machines, construction and agricultural machines, airplanes, ships, over-the-road vehicles and material handling devices.
  • Testing and manufacturing fluid power systems and components.
  • Conducting research on new concepts, applications and improvements of fluid power systems.
  • Manufacturing components and systems.
  • Marketing and selling fluid power systems, and working closely with customers of fluid power manufacturers and distributors.
Fluid Power is behind the scenes in many industries. Just to name a few:
  • Automation
  • Energy
  • Mining
  • Agriculture
  • Forestry
  • Recreation
  • Construction
Internship Apprentice Program
Program Objective:
The objective of this training is for high school and post secondary students to learn more about the Fluid Power Industry. This training will provide a view of the industry before you make an investment into your career. It will give you exposure to all departments and company operations and will provide on-the-job training in partnership with a mentor.

The Experience:
At Dakota Fluid Power, you will experience working with great people on equipment that is high-tech. You will be exposed to state of the art hydraulics, customer interaction and critical thinking hydraulic projects. Our intentions are to develop future Certified Fluid Power Experts that possess critical thinking, problem solving, communications and interpersonal skills. You will be assigned a mentor who is knowledgeable in the company and an expert in the fluid power technology.

What's In It For You?
  • Specific training fluid power technology, customer service and problem solving.
  • Opportunity for advancement and career development.
  • Secure future with a successful company.
  • A high-paying, in-demand job..
  • Respectful and fun work environment.
  • Enjoy great benefits and lifestyle.

Characteristics We Need From You:
  • Listen well and communicate clearly.
  • Willing to learn.
  • Enjoy active and physical work.
  • Want a challenge.
  • Can solve problems.
  • Take pride in work.
  • Team player.

Still Unsure?
  • Tour: See what goes on at Dakota Fluid Power. Contact the Branch Operations Manager at your nearest Dakota Fluid Power location.
  • Job Shadow: Job shadows are available at any of our locations. You will experience a “day in the life” of a fluid power employee and gain exposure to Dakota Fluid Power, while participating in an in-depth one-on-one experience. Contact the Branch Operations Manager at your nearest Dakota Fluid Power location.

How To Apply:
  • Fill out an application and return to your local DFP branch or email to hr@dakotafluidpower.com
  • Applicants must be 16 years or older to apply.
Scholarship Program
Program Objective:
Dakota Fluid Power will be awarding scholarships to students pursuing a 2 year degree in a fluid power/mechatronics program at the following schools.
  • Minnesota West Community College - Granite Falls, MN
  • Alexandria Tech College - Alexandria, MN
  • Hennepin Tech College - Brooklyn Park, MN
  • Hennepin Tech College - Eden Prairie, MN
  • Other accredited schools may be accepted upon request
As a student, you will be provided an opportunity to attend an accredited school supporting a career in the Fluid Power Industry and obtain full time employment at Dakota Fluid Power, Inc.

Requirements for scholarship?
  • Complete scholarship application received by April 1st.
    • High School Transcript.
    • Work History (if applicable).
    • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation (one (1) must be from teacher, educator or mentor).
  • Pass a basic mechanical aptitude exam in English.
  • DFP will interview the top candidates and choose the scholarship recipients.
  • Our scholarships will require a work commitment at DFP with completion of degree.

How To Apply:
Tuition Reimbursement Program
Program Objective:
Dakota Fluid Power, Inc. provides Fluid Power Tuition Reimbursement for students attending and completing a 2 year degree in a fluid power/mechatronics program at the following schools.
  • Minnesota West Community College - Granite Falls, MN
  • Alexandria Tech College - Alexandria, MN
  • Hennepin Tech College - Brooklyn Park, MN
  • Hennepin Tech College - Eden Prairie, MN
  • Other accredited schools may be accepted upon request
As a student, you will be provided an opportunity to attend an accredited school supporting a career in the Fluid Power Industry and obtain full time employment at Dakota Fluid Power, Inc.

Requirements for Tuition Reimbursement:
  • Attend one (1) of the schools listed above.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA (an official copy of grades provided to Human Resources).
  • Provide certificate of certification in the Fluid Power program.
  • Maintain a good attendance record while attending school.
  • Full-time employment with Dakota Fluid Power.
  • Signed contract for tuition reimbursement, outlining guidelines for reimbursement policy.

Reimbursement Process:
Dakota Fluid Power, Inc. will reimburse a student/employee a portion of his/her tuition expenses upon completion of one year of employment and annually thereafter for up to five years to be paid upon their anniversary date.

How To Apply:
growFLUID Applications
Internship Apprentice Program Application
Scholarship Program Application
Tuition Reimbursement Program Application

Please download, fill out and send all applications to your local DFP branch or email to hr@dakotafluidpower.com
2016 growFLUID Scholarship Winners


Attending: Minnesota West Community & Technical College
Degree: Fluid Power Technology
Year in School: 2nd Year
Tony currently works seasonal part time at our Sioux Falls, SD branch.
   

Attending: Minnesota West Community & Technical College
Degree: Fluid Power Technology
Year in School: 2nd Year
Madolyn recently completed a summer internship at our Aberdeen, SD branch.
   

Attending: South Dakota State University
Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Year in School: 1st Year
Caleb currently works seasonal part time at our Sioux Falls, SD branch.


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International Fluid Power SocietyThe International Fluid Power Society will globally pursue and promote the application of Fluid Power technology through certification, standardization and education essential to professional growth.
Equipment Service AssociationESA membership consists of businesses who are substantially engaged in sales or service of hydraulically, pneumatically, or electrically operated tools, components and equipment.
Fluid Power Distributors AssociationFPDA is the professional network for fluid power, automation and motion technology providers dedicated to significantly enhancing member and channel performance by delivering indispensable networking, education and success strategies.
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