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NOCTI Recognized

DOL praises collaboration with FANUC, Rockwell, APT Due to the skills gap, certification is arguably more important than ever, as it pertains to skilled trade industries. While nominal “certifications” have grown more common with the trajectory of niche organizations, truly measurable competency testing is scarce. That’s where NOCTI comes in. The National Occupancy Competency Testing […]

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Students Design Wastewater Solutions

2020 competition showcases growth in field Students from the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada) and The Colorado School of Mines (Golden, Co.) came up with innovative wastewater solutions in a recent 2020 event, exhibiting promise for those in a field we’ve covered increasingly over the past five years. In the Water Environment category, Guelph was […]

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Virtually Everything

More screen-to-screen trade shows and events dot the calendar We tire of hearing it, but screen-to-screen is the new face-to-face. That includes trade shows—often relished as the heart and soul of the industries covered in EA—as we’ve all learned the hard way in 2020. Fear not! EASA, ever the pillar of the electromechanical world, is […]

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Machine Tool Days

Siemens event offers further insight on the hotly debated “remote diagnostics” trend Two weeks ago, we discussed the integration of “remote” applications permeating the plant and field maintenance industries. Centered around the release of Schneider Electric’s new platform, this item led to valuable discourse, both in our comments and e-mail inboxes, about the concerns and […]

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Remotely Troubling

New services for power distribution, augmented reality from Schneider A new service from a global industrial-electric powerhouse may be exciting technology, but it also sheds light on where the industry could be headed in terms of demand for field technicians. Schneider Electric has launched Remote Expertiseä, a new package of services for electrical and power […]

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Goodenough for a Lifetime

Nobel prize winning inventor of lithium-ion battery, 97, still looking forward How about this for a resume? See below: Dr. John B. Goodenough, Professor, Cockrell School of Engineering, UT-Austin -Invented lithium-ion battery -Served as military meteorologist, U.S. Army, WWII -Oldest Nobel Prize winner -Still working at age 97 Education -Undergraduate degree, Yale University -PhD, Physics, […]

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Purdue’s Pilot Plant

Looking forward to our food and beverage issue As we look forward to our upcoming food and beverage issue, a number of innovations in those industries have caught our eye. This week, we learned of Purdue University’s Department of Food Science’s pilot plant. For some background: Purdue expanded its food science facilities beginning in 1998 […]

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Train Your Mind (and Your Skills Will Follow)

Funky learning circumstances haven’t stifled workforce development programs Remote learning requirements in a number of states haven’t prevented many American community colleges from developing ad hoc, technician-type training programs for their students. In fact, workforce development programs are on the rise, according to recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics. The NCES’ Integrated […]

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NCCER: Volume 10

Catch up! Construction training center releases tenth edition of electrical curriculum NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) recently revised and released the 10th edition of its electrical curriculum. Written in conjunction with a national subject matter expert committee, all four levels have been updated to meet the 2020 NFPA 70: National Electric Code […]

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AWWA Virtual Summit

September 23-24 at home office booth near you! The American Water Works Association announced it is backing a full-on virtual blitz to substitute for its an annual convention come September. The AWWA Virtual Summit will take place September 23-24 and sure seems to be planning to pack a ton into those two days. Major themes […]

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