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January 13, 2015
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Workforce Development Issues: Has Technology Changed the Game?

By Michael I. Callanan, Former Executive Director, Electrical Training ALLIANCE In past installments of this column, we have focused on the changing nature of apprenticeship and the economic forces that redefine our apprenticeship model. There is another important factor contributing to and reshaping every aspect of training and talent development: technology. We have already discussed […]

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December 1, 2014
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Uptime: Can Training Increase Maintenance Costs?

By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor Effective training results in learning to improve one’s knowledge and performance. Ideally, job-related training should result in learning (i.e., becoming qualified to perform the job as expected), mastery of job skills and knowledge. Training methods have changed dramatically over the decades, including the embracing of online and computer-based models. Faster […]

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September 29, 2014
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Workforce Development Issues: Pre-Apprenticeship Leads the Way

By Michael I. Callanan, Executive Director, Electrical Training ALLIANCE In the upcoming weeks, we expect to hear an announcement from the Department of Labor that it is making $100 million in funding available to support the development and implementation of apprenticeship programs. How should that funding be allocated? I believe, for two reasons, that this […]

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September 28, 2014
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Product Spotlight: Training

Online Machinery Training for the Plastics Industry SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association and training provider Tooling U-SME have launched an online training program for the plastics industry. PlasticsU will provide formal online training tailored specifically for the industry’s challenges and needs. With levels ranging from basic to highly advanced, courses include Interpreting Blueprints; Creating […]

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September 28, 2014
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My Take: Instrumental Approaches to Workforce Development

By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor The invitation to visit Endress+Hauser’s U.S. headquarters in Greenwood, IN, Sept. 10-11, was for two events: The first was an inaugural celebration of the instrumentation company’s new $16 million Customer Center (see related story, page 9). The second event was an information-packed Media Day held in conjunction with a “Process […]

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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 […]