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The Energetic Debate

EA’s Utilities department makes an online appearance! Utilities are getting a lot of press lately, from the battle over energy conversion to an increased demand for lineworkers, so we have a crash course for you this week to bring you up to date. Virginia Clean Economy Act. A progressive agenda scored a battleground victory February […]

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Creators Wanted

NAM unveils highly-anticipated campaign to reduce skills gap The National Association of Manufacturers has been busy in February, but it did more than just honor Ivanka Trump this month. The organization, along with its workforce and education partner The Manufacturing Institute, unveiled its “Creators Wanted” campaign Wednesday, an “unprecedented, nationwide” effort to reshape America’s perception […]

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It’s Always SUNY in the Smart Grid

Herkimer College the latest to start a program for utilities of the future For those doubting the legitimacy of the Smart Grid, here’s a nugget: Smart Grid investments have risen each year since 2010 and are expected to reach $13.8 annually in 2024. A major part of that is state-commissioned technical projects, which often collaborate […]

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Welding human

Are robots, or humans, the future of welding?   “No human blacksmith can deal with parts the size of aircraft landing gear or have the reproducibility and stamina to make the parts needed for our economy….The idea of robotic blacksmithing is to extend the blacksmith’s art with new digital capabilities. ”  So writes Glenn S. […]

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A Maine Line

A future-oriented community college provides a pipeline to move immigrant workers into skilled employment In the latest government/community college/business partnership to come to our attention, Southern Maine Community College , Portland Adult Education , and businesses like General Dynamics Bath Iron Works and Yamaha Motors have turned their attention to training an often-neglected population: skilled immigrants. […]

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When is an engineer not an engineer?

When he works for himself? A customer was annoyed when electrical engineer Greg Mills raised the estimate he’d quoted for a job, after the customer mentioned that certain additional features would be necessary. The customer complained to the Arizona Board of Technical Registration, and from there, things got worse for Mills — much worse. The […]

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Workforce development programs gear up

Community colleges are leading the way According to the National Association of Manufacturers, over the next decade, nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will likely need to be filled. “Simply put, the manufacturing industry is creating more open jobs than there are skilled workers to fill them,” the association’s research says.”This so-called skills gap challenge is […]

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And the winner is…

16 year old Louisa Wood takes Rockwell’s prize for her smart sump pump invention Talk about blessings in disguise — Her family’s overflowing sump pump turned out to be a passport to success. As high schooler Louisa Wood describes it, A Rockwell Automation mentor for my robotics team, Nicolet FEAR, FRC team 4786, encouraged all […]

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Veterans awareness week

Stories that deserve more than one day Monday was Veterans Day and with it came slews of stories about good programs and impressive individuals. Here are some of our favorites; In-Vets, featuring Horner Industrial;  AWEA‘a efforts to place vets in windpower work; VEEP from the IBEW; and business-owner electrician Matt Schneider. In Indiana – InVets is filling unfilled […]

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FABTECH2019

This year’s expo pedals to the metal What a show! From innovative exhibits to intense education sessions, FABTECH2019 opened minds and turned heads at McCormick Place this week. Now in its 38th year, the show is well recognized as “North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event.” The main mission is to bring […]

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