Honda Talent Manager Suggests Educators Add IT Skills & Data Analysis to Industrial Maintenance Programs







By Madeline Patton

Scot McLemore, manager of Talent Acquisition and Deployment at American Honda Motor Company, Inc., places technology trends in two categories: 1) technological advances specific to the products being manufactured and 2) Industry 4.0, particularly the internet of things (IoT). To prepare technicians for advancements in both categories, he suggests educators integrate information technology (IT) basics into traditional industrial maintenance programs.

“What’s important is that those graduates have a fundamental understanding of networked systems. What are IP addresses? How do I change an IP address? So as they are plugging their laptops into manufacturing devices, they have a fundamental understanding of how those things work. That’s what I’d like to see happen. I think that’s where programs are going to need to head. Because we talk about ‘Smart Factory’ and the network systems within industrial operations, and that’s where everything is headed.”

The capability of networked equipment to generate data about manufacturing processes and, increasingly, to communicate with other equipment will likely add another dimension to technicians’ work. Continue reading “Honda Talent Manager Suggests Educators Add IT Skills & Data Analysis to Industrial Maintenance Programs”

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Instructional Cards Provide Roadmap to 43 Cross-Disciplinary Skills

Madeline Patton

Instructional cards on 43 crosscutting knowledge and skills—that experts advising the Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work project consider essential for STEM technicians to learn in the next decade—are almost ready for prime time.

With guidance from industry representatives and community college educators, project leaders identified these three broad skill areas as cross-disciplinary and essential for STEM technicians:

      • Data Knowledge and Analysis
      • Advanced Digital Literacy
      • Business Knowledge and Processes

The 43 subtopics were identified in 2019 during a Special Interest Group meeting, which the project convened with industry representatives and leaders of the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program funded by the National Science Foundation. Discussions there focused on what technicians need to know in the next six months to 10 years. Continue reading “Instructional Cards Provide Roadmap to 43 Cross-Disciplinary Skills”

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4 Top-Notch Hacks for Bringing Personality and Productivity to Online Meetings

Dawn Montemayor, Virtual Chief Security Officer, CyberRisk Solutions

Whether you’re running a meeting with high level executives or having a group client meeting there are some simple things you can do to keep online meetings interesting, productive, and even entertaining. While virtual meetings don’t have the same personal touch as face-to-face meetings, there are some huge benefits to them such as flexibility in scheduling, saving time with commuting, and sometimes higher productivity.  When looking to bring some of the softer touches to online meetings, these hacks add a personal flair that are sure to result in higher engagement, and frankly, more fun to your meetings!

1. Keep the meeting size small

In the spirit of keeping things focused, this is always a good way to ensure high engagement.  If you’re trying to accomplish several things in a single meeting, it’s easy for things to get derailed when there are too many attendees.

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Newest NSF ATE Center Focuses On the Future in Micro Nano Technology Education (MNT-EC)

Jared Ashcroft, PI and Center Director, MNT-EC, Pasadena Community College and Billie Copley, Nano-Link Center for Nanotechnology Education

Microsystems and nanosystems technologies are becoming, if not already, pervasive throughout the daily human experience. The internet of things is expected to support a trillion micro-nano devices. Examples of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) include pressor sensors, microphones, accelerometers, time-keeping devices, photonic devices, and medical instrumentation. The growth and convergence of these technologies will expand for the foreseeable future as the miniaturization and integration processes continue. With this growth comes the need for a hi-tech workforce, and that workforce requires an education that keep pace with rapidly advancing technologies.

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STEM Technician Students Surveyed About Remote Instruction

Marilyn Barger, Executive Director, Florida Advanced Technological Education Center, and Lakshmi Jayaram, President, Inquiry Research Group

During the recent “virtual” Spring Meeting of the Florida Forum on Engineering Technology, participants expressed concern about technician students’ experience in moving to remote instruction this semester due to COVID-19. Based on early reports from community college partners, the transition has been challenging, and some programs indicated students are even considering withdrawing from their programs. As one faculty member explained: “They have given up. [Students] feel they can’t do this online without support.” There was interest in discussing this topic further at the next ET Forum due to both the uncertainty related to the return of in-person instruction and the perceived need to improve student comfort and confidence in online learning. To help inform that discussion, the Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE) and the Inquiry Research Group LLC teamed up to create a small pilot survey to collect some initial feedback from Florida technician students about their online experience this past semester.

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