After a long economic downturn, Michigan has begun to bounce back in manufacturing, building on its long history as the nation’s leading automotive manufacturing hub. In continuing IMT Career Journal’s series highlighting programs and initiatives to help the U.S. manufacturing sector create good jobs, we look at a few programs that are preparing Michigan’s manufacturing workforce.
Recently I was invited by Sensus, a global provider of utility infrastructure technology, to tour its research and development (R&D) facility at Research Triangle Park in Morrisville, N.C. As I reported in May, Sensus is a key innovator in the growing field of smart-water management, sometimes referred to as “smart water grid,” with a nod to the metering and grid technologies that are revolutionizing the business of electric utilities.
The 60,000-sq-ft Sensus Research and Development Center is home to about 160 employees working on innovative technologies in advanced metering for water, gas, and electricity. Designers and engineers at the facility work on network architecture, development, testing, product development, and design for software, hardware, and firmware. In the U.S., Sensus has two manufacturing sites, four development sites and the company headquarters in Raleigh, N.C. The company has manufacturing facilities also in Brazil, Chile, Algeria, China, South Africa, the Czech Republic, and other countries. Read more