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Career Spotlight: Gary Butkowski, Welder Turned Instructor

October 31, 2013

As an accomplished welder, Gary Butkowski decided long ago to share his knowledge and spent more than 20 years teaching the profession at a prison and a military base. He continues to teach today, giving high school students the benefit of his experience and know-how. Read More

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Staffing Firms Helping Big and Small Manufacturers Survive the ACA

October 31, 2013

The health care mandates under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have posed a challenge for small manufacturing businesses that look to or are hoping to expand. In response, many staffing firms are stepping up to offer specialized services that can help the businesses save money while complying with the law.  Read More

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Duke University Study Finds Radioactive Waste in Creek Near Fracking Site

October 30, 2013

As the national debate on hydraulic fracturing continues, a growing number of published studies point to potential dangers linked to the process. Among them is a paper written by two Duke University professors who report high levels of radioactivity in river water near a fracking site in western Pennsylvania. Professors Robert Jackson and Avner Vengosh write in Environmental Science & Technology journal that they found highly elevated levels of radioactivity, salts, and metals in river water and sediments at the site where treated water from oil and gas operations are discharged. “Radium levels were about 200 times greater in sediment samples collected where the Josephine Brine Treatment Facility discharges its treated wastewater into Blacklick Creek than in sediment samples collected just upstream of the plant,” Vengosh said. "We expected to see some radioactive material, but nowhere near that much." Read More

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Does Lean Manufacturing Work for Small-Run Job Shops?

October 30, 2013

Lean manufacturing tends to be associated with large-scale, mass-production manufacturing. But can smaller-scale job shops benefit from such process-improvement programs as well?  Read More

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Survey: Students Are Overconfident in Workforce Skills

October 30, 2013

Recent college graduates might be a bit too confident about their workforce skills, a survey of students and hiring managers indicates. However, students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) seem much better prepared to embark upon their careers. Read More

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Industrial Production Inches Up in September

October 30, 2013

Manufacturing output registered a slight uptick of 0.1 percent last month, indicating that the U.S. economy was sputtering even before the government shutdown.  Read More

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Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Supports Nationwide STEM Awareness

October 29, 2013

Interactive learning and hands-on workshops will help nearly 500 middle and high school students gain a better understanding of STEM education at The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) pre-college symposium to be held Nov. 1-2 at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus. Read More