First Global, a STEM-focused international nonprofit that organizes an annual international robotics competition for high-school students from around the world, announced that the First Global Challenge 2018 will convene participants from more than 160 countries, Aug. 15-18, at Mexico City’s Arena Ciudad de México to solve energy-efficiency problems with robots created by student participants.
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The National Fund for Workforce Solutions will help small and mid-sized manufacturers address their need for skilled workers through a new $1.5 million grant from the Boeing Company.
Four universities—Iowa State University, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin-Madison and North Dakota State University (NDSU)—competed in the inaugural 3M Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Disruptive Design Challenge (DDC) at 3M’s headquarters (St. Paul, MN), Friday, April 13.
Employment trends are positive, which is promising for the nation—but challenging for manufacturers seeking skilled labor. While larger companies are successfully building a pipeline of workers through apprenticeship programs, this approach is tougher for small and mid-sized companies with limited resources.
Cutting tool and tooling system specialist Sandvik Coromant (Sandviken, Sweden and Fair Lawn, NJ) is the official sponsor and exclusive tooling partner for seven skills competitions at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi, to be held in October 2017.
Earn a college degree, move to a major city, and land a white‐collar job in the knowledge economy—that’s the path many millennials have been taught to follow. But that route isn’t always viable. Crushing student loan debt, skyrocketing housing costs, and wage stagnation are making postgrad life unaffordable for many young people.
The U.S. auto industry has been automated for decades. Production of cars and trucks is associated with large, hulking robots fenced off from human employees. Inside those fenced off areas, tasks such as welding are performed. The industry, though, is advancing on the automation front.
The typical executive didn’t get to a leadership position on their own; most have benefited from mentoring relationships as they climbed the career ladder.
The growing skills gap is causing trepidation among manufacturers and the lack of millennials building careers within the industry is part of the concern.
In 2015, Utah announced a program that would have a lasting impact on the state by bringing industry and education together in a new way.