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9:01 pm
February 8, 2016
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Encourage Your Hidden Coaches

A major competitive advantage for a company is its employees’ ability to learn, grow, and change so they can discover, improve, innovate, and meet the challenges of an evolving marketplace. According to Tara Holwegner of Life Cycle Engineering (, Charleston, SC, another challenge many process organizations face involves harnessing the intellectual capital of experienced employees […]


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February 8, 2016
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Final Thought: Certification — Which One?

Dr. Klaus M. Blache, Univ. of Tennessee (UTK), Reliability & Maintainability Center “What certification should I earn?” That’s a question frequently asked by reliability and maintenance personnel. That’s understandable: They have plenty of choices. Consider the CMRP (Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional) and CMRT (Certified Maintenance & Reliability Technician), both from SMRP (Society for Maintenance and Reliability […]


7:01 pm
December 17, 2015
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Training Program Grows In-House Experts

With one eye on a bright manufacturing future and the other on industry’s skilled-workforce crisis, an American automotive giant turned to a customized, ongoing training program for electricians in its plants around the world. Results have been more than noteworthy. By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor Long before the bulldozers arrived at its Michigan plant, one of […]


8:57 pm
August 6, 2015
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Uptime: Boost STEM, Develop Skilled Workers

By Bob Williamson, Contributing Editor The resurgence of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) courses of study in the national education community is not new. STEM education dates to the 1950s, but gained national attention with the 1983 report from President Reagan’s National Commission on Excellence in Education, “A Nation at Risk.” But I’m convinced […]


8:45 pm
August 6, 2015
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For on the Floor: NFPA 70E 2015 — Making Its Way Into Plants

By Rick Carter, Executive Editor The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace—NFPA 70E—should be required reading for anyone who works on energized equipment. Revised every three years, the Standard’s latest version—the 2015 edition (which supersedes all others)—is available for purchase or free download at The several changes NFPA […]


5:36 pm
August 6, 2015
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Workforce Development: Trial-and-Error Learning

By Todd W. Stafford, Executive Director, Electrical Training Alliance Past installments of this column have explored the game-changing nature of apprenticeship, coupled with the use of technology and the impact it has on effective learning. This month, we examine the effects of digital technologies/environments on apprenticeship-training models. For truly effective programs, creators of apprenticeship training courses must […]


1:22 pm
May 1, 2015
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The Psychology Of Successful Maintenance and Reliability Programs

Value-added opportunities to learn from the success of other industry pros don’t come along everyday. Grab them when you can, starting this June at the Mainstream Conference in Denver. Here’s what Joe Park of Novelis will be talking about. By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor Joe Park is a busy man. The Global Director of Reliability […]


2:45 pm
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 […]