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Grant helps Macomb Community College in updating pneumatics and hydraulics lab

– Monday, August 11, 2014 12:00AM

National Fluid Power Association $25,000 grant supports revised curriculum to meet current employer needs

The National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) Education and Technology Foundation awarded Macomb Community College a $25,000 grant to support the upgrades being made to the pneumatics and hydraulics lab on the college’s South Campus in Warren.

With the modernization of the lab, Macomb will add two new hydraulics courses, one in mobile hydraulics and the other in electro-hydraulics technology. Macomb also is updating two existing hydraulics and pneumatics courses to include added hands-on instruction. The updated classes are being offered this fall, and the new courses will begin in the winter 2015 semester.

“These changes are part of Macomb’s ongoing effort to meet the needs of employers and train our students with the up-to-date skills they need to get today’s manufacturing jobs,” said Joseph Petrosky, dean, Engineering and Advanced Technology at Macomb. “We revised our curriculum to better address the real needs of employers looking to hire now.”

The new curriculum will qualify mechanics, technicians and engineers to install, configure, and troubleshoot diverse hydraulic systems – including older systems with individual valves and controls as well as the most advanced systems with integrated controls. These skills are in demand by local auto suppliers, distributors and service companies.

Much of the new equipment for the pneumatics and hydraulics lab, which will include updated valves, pumps, fittings and tubing, is being installed over the summer. The NFPA grant supplements work already in progress. Macomb expects to invest between $40,000 and $60,000 to modernize the lab.

As part of the curriculum change, Macomb’s pneumatics and hydraulics courses will become part of the college’s mechatronics program. Mechatronics integrates mechanical, electronic, fluid power (hydraulics or pneumatics) computer and robotics technologies to streamline processes and improve quality in manufacturing and related areas.

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually.  Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and as the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan.  The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities. 

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