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July 1, 2014
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Part II, Handoff To The Future: Mapping Reliability Training

A commitment to detailed, well-laid career-path training plans is critical to developing technical knowledge and skills.  By Heinz P. Bloch, P.E. As discussed in Part 1 of this article (MT June 2014), when it comes to reliability commitment, Best Practices Plants (BPPs) clearly differ from those that aren’t. Their ability to effectively identify and follow […]

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July 1, 2014
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Workforce Training Issues: The Tide is Turning

By Michael I. Callanan, Executive Director, National Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee for the Electrical Industry (NJATC) In my previous columns for Maintenance Technology (January and April 2014), I discussed the changing nature of apprenticeship and the multiple challenges that the model faces as it strives to remain an important and viable part of the […]

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May 15, 2014
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ABB Tries Online User Conference

ABB is taking a different approach to user’s conferences. Last year it announced that it would turn its annual Automation and Power World event into a biennial event. There must have been some pressure within the company to do something. On June 4, it is sponsoring an online education event Optimizing technology for the changing […]

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April 22, 2014
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Apprenticeship’s Shining Moment?

By Michael I. Callanan, Executive Director, National Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee for the Electrical Industry (NJATC) You had to listen carefully, but in the course of President Obama’s State of the Union Address he proclaimed, “So tonight, I’ve asked Vice President Biden to lead an across-the-board reform of America’s training programs to make sure […]

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February 21, 2014
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Replacing the Maintenance Apprenticeship Training Model

By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor We’ve recently realized that our current apprenticeship model for training and developing maintenance technicians is obsolete. Very few, if any, people are interested. Those who sign up rarely stick with it for very long. Those who have completed the training often lack the equipment specific maintenance knowledge for our equipment. […]

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January 23, 2014
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The Changing Face of Apprenticeship

By Michael I. Callanan, Executive Director, National Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee for the Electrical Industry (NJATC) It’s been more than 25 years since I completed my electrical apprenticeship program in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). As an apprentice, I learned my craft by splitting time between on-the-job training assignments and classroom-related instruction. I […]

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January 20, 2014
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My Take: The True Cost of Lost In-House Expertise

By Jane Alexander, Deputy Editor Finding myself unexpectedly alone in an unusually quiet house the morning of New Year’s Eve, I did something that always makes me smile: I checked in with process-industry veteran Heinz Bloch. Wishing an old friend a prosperous 2014 wasn’t the only reason for my call. I also wanted to discuss […]

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