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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor If our equipment-intensive businesses are to compete in a global marketplace, it will be necessary to attract, educate and nurture Maintenance & Reliability (M&R) Technicians for the future.