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Industry Group Issues Record Number Of Metalworking Credentials

January 23, 2015 10:22 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills issued a record number of credentials last year to individuals seeking to join or advance in the precision manufacturing industry. The Virginia-based group, which sets metalworking skills standards, issues certifications and accredits training programs...

A Leader In Apprenticeships: Oberg Industries

January 22, 2015 10:48 am | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

Donald E. Oberg, founder of Oberg Industries, knew the importance of training his employees so...

Skills Gap Predictions For 2015: Rising Wages And More Training

January 16, 2015 4:53 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The skills gap, or the documented gap between the number of manufacturing jobs available and the...

High-Tech Talent: Why Know-How Is No Longer Enough

January 16, 2015 1:30 pm | by Tom Sons | Articles | Comments

Recently, I came across a number of stats that, for those of us in the manufacturing sector,...

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Illinois Community College To Offer Degree In Fracking

January 16, 2015 10:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A southwestern Illinois community college plans to offer a petroleum drilling technology degree program this fall that is  aimed at preparing graduates for careers in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Illinois signed off on long-awaited rules to govern the high-volume oil and gas drilling process within its borders...

Free Community College: Pathway To A Valuable Education?

January 15, 2015 2:13 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Bloomberg speaks to Gail Mellow, president at LaGuardia Community College, about the Obama initiative to make community college free.  Do we need more mechanics and plumbers, or does America need more entrepreneurs graduating from community colleges? Gail Mellow, president....

Report: Employee Training Can Reduce Cyber Security Risks

January 13, 2015 2:49 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Increased investment in employee training can reduce the risk of a company's cyber security attack by up to 70 percent, according to a new study. The analysis, compiled by Pittsburgh-based Wombat Security Technologies with Boston research firm the Aberdeen Group, showed altering employee...

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Tracing Trends In Manufacturing, Construction: Q&A With Dan Parkinson

January 6, 2015 3:48 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

As the national economy gains momentum, industries like manufacturing and construction are migrating South to take advantage of states' right-to-work statuses. At the same time as these industries are growing in the South, the average age of workers getting higher and the interest level from students is...

Honda Opens Museum, Training Facility

December 19, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda is opening a new training facility in central Ohio, along with a museum that pays tribute to the automaker's history in North America over a half a century. The company unveiled the $35 million Honda Heritage Center on Thursday in Marysville, where its North American operations are...

Jobless Veterans Get Elite Training For New Careers

December 10, 2014 10:49 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Many veterans returning from wars overseas face a new challenge at home: finding a job. Some are getting extra help to make the transition from combat to the cubicle. Wyatt Andrews met the vets who are learning a valuable new job skill...

2015 Design For Direct Digital Manufacturing Competition Seeks Submissions

December 3, 2014 2:10 pm | by SME | News | Comments

SME’s annual Design for Direct Digital Manufacturing Competition is calling for high school and college student designers to submit custom designs featuring additive manufacturing. The competition is sponsored by the Direct Digital Manufacturing Tech Group, which is part...

Pack Expo Top 10

December 2, 2014 11:27 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Check out the top ten trends spotted at this year's Pack Expo.  We look at the expressive robot Baxter, fog computing, Modified Atmosphere Packaging, Parker Automation's SCOUT, Honeywell's wearable Dolphin, Dorner's SmartPace Conveyor, food safety reforms, the...

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Coding Academy Helps IN Close Tech Skills Gap

November 23, 2014 12:03 am | by Leisa Richardson, The Indianapolis Star | News | Comments

Willie Pritchett is a Purdue man. He graduated in 2000 with an undergraduate degree in organizational leadership and minors in communications and computer science. He has an MBA from Indiana Institute of Technology. And if he had it to do again — he would not. Pritchett, an entrepreneur and...

Obama Plugs STEM Education At Ceremony

November 20, 2014 2:12 pm | by Darlene Superville, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama said Thursday that 19 scientists, researchers, and innovators who received the country's highest honor for their life-changing work embody the spirit of the nation and its "sense that we push against limits and that we're not afraid to ask...

Manufacturing-Related Student Enrollments Rise By 36%

November 19, 2014 12:50 pm | by Manufacturers Resource Center | News | Comments

Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) is proud to announce a 36 percent increase in manufacturing related student enrollments in three of the region’s career & technical schools: Lehigh Career and Technical Institute (LCTI), Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical...

EverFi, NAM Launch Future Careers Initiative

November 6, 2014 2:10 pm | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

EverFi, Inc., the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and The Manufacturing Institute have launched a national initiative to develop and market career opportunities in manufacturing to students across the United States. EverFi will work with the NAM’s more than 14,000 member...

Looking to Expand? Workforce, Transportation, Location Are Key

November 5, 2014 2:29 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

As I mentioned in my recent article “Manufacturing Growth: Missouri Got It Right,” Missouri is currently experiencing a huge surge in the manufacturing sector. I discussed the resurgence with Ms. Amy Susan, the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Missouri Department of...

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Manufacturing Growth: Missouri Got It Right

November 5, 2014 9:21 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Missouri manufacturing is certainly having a moment. I recently chatted with Ms. Amy Susan, the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Missouri Department of Economic Development, and she shared some of what Missouri did right to revive its economic growth in the wake of the Great Recession. It seems that the key...

Girls Only: A Way To Close The STEM Gender Gap?

November 4, 2014 1:36 pm | by Kim MacGregor | Articles | Comments

The numbers told the story. Elk Grove High School administrators could see that incoming freshman girls with high math scores weren’t enrolling in the school’s Introduction to Engineering Design class, while their male counterparts were. In other words, girls with the aptitude to excel in the...

Goldie, The Newest Pioneer For Women In STEM

October 30, 2014 10:14 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | News | Comments

My attention has been drawn to the issue of woman in STEM careers a few times in the past couple of weeks. First, when Manufacturing.Net Associate Editor, Bridget Bergin, wrote about the lack of women in manufacturing and STEM careers, and the need for a modern Rosie the Riveter to drum up more...

Chevron Invests $20M In PA Workforce

October 21, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevron Corp. is spending $20 million to launch its Appalachia Partnership Initiative, which is meant to improve schools and workforce development in 27 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio. Chevron is working with...

Can Paid Internships Help To Bridge The Gap In Manufacturing?

October 20, 2014 1:58 pm | by Megy Karydes, Communications Consultant, IIE | News | Comments

Trevor Fischer, a 23 year old enrolled at Bellingham Technical College in Bellingham, Washington, admits he never held much interest in pursuing a career in manufacturing. He believes young people don't consider a career in manufacturing because the idea of working at a big industrial plant can be...

Where Have The Maintenance And Reliability Professionals Gone?

October 17, 2014 11:49 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Blogs | Comments

Without maintenance and reliability professionals, a manufacturer risks asset reliability deterioration, increased maintenance costs, and lost time. To avoid this, something must be done to counteract the shortage of maintenance professionals entering the workforce by...

The Generational Divide

October 16, 2014 2:21 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

According to an article last year in Business Week, the age of the average manufacturing worker is 56. Typically, we talk about this demographic as it relates to an impending worker shortage. What will we do to replace this crop of highly skilled tradespeople? What kind of impact will their mass...

The IoT Uplink: More Data Means More Security

October 16, 2014 9:25 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

It's expected that data traffic will be more than 22 times heavier by 2020 thanks to the Internet of Things. That's why security and standards have become a growing concern in the world of industrial IoT, as well as the challenges that ...  

"Made In Elk Grove Manufacturing & Technology Expo" To Be Held Oct 21

October 15, 2014 4:50 pm | by Made In Elk Grove Expo | News | Comments

Elk Grove Villlage will host the 2nd annual regional manufacturing expo on Oct 21. The "Made in Elk Grove Manufacturing & Technology Expo" champions the Chicagoland area as a "Midwest Supply Chain Solution."  Elk Grove Village, home of the largest industrial park in the U.S., invites manufacturers from throughout the Midwest to the Made in...

SME Education Foundation Announces Two Manufacturing Scholarships

October 13, 2014 5:22 pm | by The SME Education Foundation | News | Comments

The SME Education Foundation is pleased to announce it will establish two new scholarships specifically for Focus: HOPE students pursuing careers in manufacturing, manufacturing technology, or a closely related field. The application opens Nov. 1, 2014.“The SME Education Foundation is committed to supporting the next generation of...

How To Build The Skilled Talent Pipeline

October 10, 2014 9:37 am | by National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

The National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) Task Force on Competitiveness & the Workforce presented an action plan from its yearlong effort to improve workforce preparedness and capabilities to the NAM Board of Directors and Chairman Doug Oberhelman, chairman...

Ford Awards $50K To American Indian College Fund

October 9, 2014 10:13 am | by U.S. Newswire | News | Comments

The Ford Motor Company Fund has awarded $50,000 to the American Indian College Fund for Native student scholarships through the Ford Motor Company Blue Oval Scholars Program. Ten Tribal College and University (TCU) Scholarships of $3,000 per academic...

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