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Apprenticeships: An Untapped Resource in Advanced Manufacturing

Apprenticeship programs, a staple of the past, have largely fallen out of favor in the United States. As demand for highly skilled manufacturing talent intensifies, such programs remain a largely untapped source for advanced manufacturers facing a talent shortage. An apprenticeship is a time-tested method of employee development that combines supervised on-the-job learning and job-related...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: Despite a Rise, Household Income Lags in the U.S.

Plus: U.S. Durable Goods Orders Drop in July OECD: U.S. and Other Advanced Economies Accelerate Europe and China Show Signs of Rebound Leading Economic Indicators Climb in U.S. Jobless Claims Up but Overall Are Trending Down A new study reveals that American median income rose over the past two years. Yet household buying power remains 6 percent below levels seen at the start of the recession....

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Friday Focus: 3 Types of Welding Programs on the Rise

Job prospects for welders trained in the latest technologies are bright, as businesses continue to report a shortage of these skilled workers across the country. A new crop of welding technical programs can arm prospects with the skills needed to be competitive for open positions and in tune with market demands. Employment for welders, cutters, and brazers is expected to grow 15 percent between...

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From Engineering.com: Is Integration or Specialization More Important for CFD?

In this episode of Tech4PD, duelling analysts Jim Brown and Chad Jackson agree on the benefits for early-stage computational fluid dynamics (CFD), but get into a heated debate about the value of integrated solutions. Vote for the winner, and watch the loser suffer a nasty consequence. Brown argues that getting the right answer is more important than running more simulations, so specialty CFD...

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Paper Mill Efficiency Measures Could Save Many Jobs

Pulp and paper production has long been a major business in the Midwest, anchoring rural communities with jobs and revenue. But given that many of the mills are as old as a hundred years and handcuffed with antiquated technology, the industry has been vulnerable to competition. In the 1980s, a combination of natural-gas price spikes and low-cost foreign production led to the closing of several...

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Manufacturing Goes Mobile With Industrial-Strength Apps

Does the manufacturing industry have anything to gain from the adoption of mobile devices and apps? Absolutely, according to Mahesh Lunani, leader of the manufacturing, logistics, energy, and utilities practice at IT consulting firm Cognizant, based in Teaneck, N.J. "The manufacturing industry, in particular, is well-suited for mobility, as it includes a complex value chain and processes with...

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Using Online Learning to Bridge the Skills Gap in Manufacturing

For U.S. manufacturing facilities to become and stay competitive, they need to cut waste, streamline their processes, and have well-trained employees. Though there has been a significant job loss within the manufacturing sector, the overall amount of goods being produced has remained fairly constant. This is the result of an increase in automated manufacturing processes and less manual effort by...

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AMT's Greg Jones: Think STEM

Early this summer, I attended the National STEM Solutions Conference in Austin, Texas. This was the second national conference focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, and having been to both, I can say there was definitely a noticeable difference in theme, attendee make-up, and tone this time. It was a strong indicator that many people are taking notice of STEM...

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Rare Earths and Other Chemicals Damaging the Environmental Value of Renewables

The old adage about how you don't want to see how laws or sausage is made applies to so-called renewable energy. Specifically, you don't want to know the environmental cost of all those rare earth minerals that the technology requires. Solar energy requires components which are manufactured using lots of dirty traditional energy. The wind power industry produces a great deal of toxic waste and...

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