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UT-Austin Grid Project

$1.6 million challenge likened to “rebuilding a ship while at sea”  In a project intended to diversify the electrical grid and bolster training in Texas and beyond, the Department of Energy, UT-Austin, and a number of Texas businesses will team up in a $1.6 million industry-university-government triumvirate. The money will go to the Center for […]

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Apprenticeship Initiative

Latest Executive Order focuses on job training President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday—the Apprenticeship and Workforce of Tomorrow Initiatives—an effort he says will bolster American manufacturing job training and close the skills gap. The program is designed to emphasize on-the-job training, where workers being introduced to the workforce can get paid immediately as […]

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Mizzou MEMs

Missouri engineering students to collaborate with Honeywell Administrators at the University of Missouri have signed an industry agreement with Honeywell Federal Manufacturing and Technologies centered around R&D for big data analytics and Micro-Electrical-Mechanical systems (MEMs) that can assist with national security. Missouri’s College of Engineering faculty, staff and students will partner on the project to […]

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PEARL Makeover

Name, logo, leadership changes highlight 20th anniversary As it reaches its twentieth year, The Professional Electrical Apparatus Reconditioning League (PEARL) is undergoing a bit of a ‘reconditioning’ process itself. For one, its name has changed, albeit a small tweak that still fits snugly into one of the better acronyms out there. The ‘R’ in ‘reconditioning’ […]

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Real Rehabilitation

Indian inmates repair motors, fans, coolers at rapid rate An Indian training center run by inmates of the country’s largest prison puts faith in the word “rehabilitation” as it relates to correctional systems. There, at Tihar Jail, part of the Tihar Prisons complex in Delhi, fans and coolers are fixed in a matter of hours, motors […]

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Manufacturing Tales

Granola, yogurt: meet the industrial worker There are places in America where manufacturing is returning. They just don’t assume the nostalgic form that many of us would love to picture. In unexpected basins of manufacturing revival, the trades now incorporate automation, sustainability, and streamlined processes. Much different from your classic assembly line and factory. Here’s the thing, though: many […]

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Mergers & Awards

Shermco, AWEA, Allied Reliability, T.F. Hudgins… Shermco wins AWEA award. At the AWEA Operations, Maintenance and Safety Conference, held February 27 through March 2 in San Diego, Shermco Industries was among the recipients AWEA’s Gold Safety and Health Achievement Award. Included was ‘Silver Recognition’ which is based on 3 years of exemplary OSHA reported safety statistics.  Shermco’s […]

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Big Name Round-up

News from Toshiba, Siemens, ABB, Schneider, and more… Names familiar to EA readers have caught headlines recently, for a multitude of reasons. Here’s a summation of recent activity that includes some of the more recognizable names in the industry. ABB inks offshore project with Statoil off Norway. The company has signed a “project specific agreement” for the […]

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The Good River

Electromechanical solutions company to move from Memphis to Cincinnati area A large commercial electromechanical services company is doing some up-river relocating. Darana Hybrid, Inc., plans to move its offices from Memphis to the Greater Cincinnati area, it said in a press release January 30. As with any real estate move, location had a bundle to […]

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‘Ivy’ League of its Own

Once again, community colleges tackle the skills gap Certain outfits are addressing training in the “old fashioned way”, yet applying it to new technologies. The Ivy Tech Community Colleges of Indiana are offering mechanical classes aimed to fill the skills gap. The Indiana-based technical college is focusing on automation maintenance, mechatronics, and that of other new […]

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