We can all cite examples of the adage, “when the student is ready, the teacher will appear,” from our own experiences. When we need to
fix something around the house, what do we do? Right,
we look for a YouTube video on the subject. A video on
how to replace garage door springs had never appeared
on my computer screen before, but once my springs
broke, I became “ready” to study garage door openers.
Fluid Power was one of the electives that I skipped over
while working on my degree in Manufacturing Management.
Hydraulics and pneumatics were not on my radar at the time,
but early into my first manufacturing job, my boss resigned
and left a partially finished, hydraulically driven farm tractor
prototype project to me. The owner of the small company
didn’t know what I didn’t know and expected me to finish
the prototype and start producing the machines. I became
“ready” to learn hydraulics. Luckily, our Motion Industries
sales rep saw what I was working on and gave me a copy of
the “Vickers Industrial Hydraulics Manual.” I devoured that
book along with several others that I found. I even went back
and took the Fluid Power class at my local college. Little
did I know that in a couple of years, I would be working at
Motion Industries as a Fluid Power Specialist.
At the beginning of a leadership seminar that I was at-
tending, the speaker walked into the room and introduced
Adult Learning Concepts