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The Top 5 Ways Amatrol Products Can Energize Your Electrical Training Program

To view a multimedia presentation of this article, please click here. It’s the basis of modern industry, and the building block for virtually all industrial applications: electrical skills. But without the continued honing of these skills, our technologically-reliant society could face a critical juncture that might affect future growth. For the past two years, leaders… Learn More


Visit Amatrol at ACTE Vision 2019 | See Smart Factory & Skill Boss in Action!

Join Amatrol at the ACTE Career Tech VISION 2019 in Anaheim, California on December 5th and 6th. Come see us in Booth #603, and check out our Tabletop Smart Factory, Skill Boss Manufacturing, Portable AC/DC Electrical Learning System, Portable Process Control Learning System, and more! More About Amatrol’s Learning Systems Featured at the Show: Smart… Learn More


Latest NAM Survey Confirms Skills Gap Remains Greatest Challenge

  Click HERE to view this article as a multimedia presentation. On September 23, 2019, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) released its most recent NAM Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey (the “NAM Survey”) for the third quarter of 2019. Unfortunately, the survey results revealed a continuing decline in business confidence. In the first quarter of 2019,… Learn More


Join Amatrol at NCWE 2019!

If you are attending the 2019 National Council for Workforce Education Conference (NCWE) in San Antonio, Texas, on October 2-3, please stop by Booth #7 to see one of our representatives! Regional Manager Dan Heim will be there to answer any questions you may have regarding hands-on training in the field of industrial manufacturing. In… Learn More


Are Your Students Pursuing Certifications That Matter?

Click HERE to view this article as a multimedia presentation. Career and technical education (CTE) instructors across the country share a common goal: to prepare students for a successful career in the modern workplace. That preparation often includes obtaining a certification associated with a particular career pathway. But are your students pursuing certifications that matter?… Learn More


Study Shows Smart Factory Initiatives Paying Off for Early Adopters

  Click HERE to view this article as a multimedia presentation. Whether you work in industry or a career and technical education (CTE) program, there’s a set of buzzwords you’ve probably heard frequently over the last couple of years. They include Industry 4.0, Fourth Industrial Revolution, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and Smart Factory, to… Learn More


Join Amatrol at SMTA International 2019!

If you’re attending the SMTA International Conference and Exhibition in Rosemont, IL on September 24-25, 2019, please stop by Booth #1340 to see Amatrol. Regional Managers Mark Goodman and Mike Idle will be there to answer your questions about hands-on training in the field of electronics manufacturing. About SMTA International 2019 SMTA will host the… Learn More


A Peek Inside Amatrol’s Headquarters | Schedule Your Visit Today!

Have you ever wondered what the inside of Amatrol’s state-of-the-art headquarters in Jeffersonville, Ind. looks like? If so, here’s your chance! While Amatrol regularly welcomes group tours to interested parties, most people have never had the opportunity to see where some of the best technical training devices in the world are manufactured. So Amatrol has… Learn More


Join Amatrol at NCATC 2019!

If you’re attending the National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC) conference in Minneapolis on September 11-13, 2019, please stop by Booth #1 to see Amatrol. Regional Manager Jason Everett will be there to answer your questions about Industry 4.0, Mechatronics, Certifications, and Advanced Manufacturing. We’ll also have our Portable PLC Training Systems on display… Learn More


Amatrol’s Robotics Engineering Summer Camp 2019 | A Look Back

For two weeks during the summer, incoming high school freshmen and sophomores were welcomed to Amatrol’s headquarters in Jeffersonville, Ind. for a Robotics Engineering Summer Camp. The annual camp introduced students to the world of robotics and allowed them to gain hands-on experience programming real robots. Along with working on real Pegasus Robots, campers were… Learn More


Amatrol’s eLearning: The Technical Training Solution for Industry

Click HERE to view this article as a multimedia presentation. The Challenge What is the biggest challenge facing industry today? Most business leaders can quickly name a variety of challenges they face, but according to IBM’s “The Value of Training” white paper, “more than 65% of global leaders cite ‘talent and leadership shortages’ as their… Learn More


How Does Industry 4.0 Affect My Job? The Truth Behind Smart Automation

To watch a Multimedia version of this story, please click here. When we open up trusted publications and see headlines like… “ROBOTS ARE STEALING OUR JOBS” (Entrepreneur, April 2019) “AI EXPERT SAYS AUTOMATION COULD REPLACE 40% OF JOBS IN 15 YEARS” (Fortune, Jan. 2019) “JOB LOSS FROM AI? THERE’S MORE TO FEAR!” (Forbes, Aug. 2018)… Learn More


Transform Your Tabletop Mechatronics System into a Smart Factory

Are You Ready for Industry 4.0? Industry 4.0, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Smart Factory, the Industrial Internet, Smart Automation, the Industrial Internet of Things, and Smart Manufacturing are just a few of the names used to describe the technological changes currently transforming industries around the world. If you’re teaching mechatronics with Amatrol’s Tabletop Mechatronics System,… Learn More


What Is Needed for Smart Factory Capabilities? A Look Into Industry 4.0…

  To view this article as a Multimedia Presentation, please click here. Smart Factory Technology – they are the buzzwords overtaking the Industrial sector. Worldwide, leaders are rushing to get their companies on the track toward smart automation. And that intelligent automation push has also made its way into the Educational sector, with high schools,… Learn More


What Is Industry 4.0?

Click HERE to view this article as a multimedia presentation. Nearly two decades into the twenty-first century, advanced technologies continue to drive change in every aspect of life, including how we work. Industries around the world can attest to the fact that changes are indeed afoot in the workplace. These changes are often summed up… Learn More


Training the Future Workforce: We’re Not in Kansas Anymore

  “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” Those iconic words spoken by Dorothy upon her arrival in Oz perfectly summed up how she felt about being out of her comfort zone in a new, unfamiliar environment. Similar words might be spoken today by someone experiencing a modern advanced manufacturing facility for the… Learn More


STEM Education Holds the Key to Bridging the Skills Gap

Cutting-edge technologies, such as the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence, continue to shape current and future jobs across a broad range of industries in ways that no one fully understands yet. Unfortunately, the skills of operators and technicians aren’t keeping pace with the demands of employers. Today, the demand for highly-skilled workers for a… Learn More


Technical Training & Certifications in Prison Systems Could Close Skills Gap

For approximately nine million incarcerated offenders annually, it is the moment they have been counting down toward – they day they’re released back into society. Oftentimes, it can be met with a wide range of emotion: excitement of reuniting with family and friends; relief of reacquiring freedom; and anxiety of what their next steps may… Learn More


Skills Training in Correctional Facilities: How Second Chances Could Help Close the Skills Gap

Employers all throughout industry face a human capital crisis that’s only going to get worse before it gets better. Thanks to a worldwide skills gap and record-low unemployment rates, companies find it increasingly difficult to hire the skilled workers they so desperately need. At the same time, there’s a large population of people who often… Learn More


Evolving CTE Programs Can Help Bridge the Skills Gap

What comes to mind when you hear the words “career and technical education”? Although familiar to most education professionals, those words don’t always ring a bell with others. Many students and parents, for example, are more familiar with terms like “vocational-technical program” or “trade school.” Today’s career and technical education (more commonly referred to as… Learn More


Training for the Future: How CPT and CPT+ Certifications Can Enrich Professional Development

Since its inception, the United States of America has earned the moniker “The Land of Opportunity.” More than 240 years after its founding, that saying still holds true – as long as you know where to look. Currently, the Advanced Manufacturing sector is facing a “skills gap”, meaning there aren’t enough qualified workers to fill… Learn More


NIMS Certifications Pave the Path to a Successful Career in Industry

If you’re looking for a job, look no further than the nearest advanced manufacturing facility. In today’s job market, that’s good advice because manufacturing is booming. According to the National Association of Manufacturers, manufacturers added 13,000 new jobs in January 2019. This continues the trend started in 2018. In total, manufacturers created 284,000 jobs in… Learn More


Teach Hands-On Smart Automation Skills in High School Using Amatrol’s Tabletop Smart Factory

High school administrators and career and technical education (CTE) teachers across the country know that preparing their students for the jobs of the future means embracing the new technologies shifting the manufacturing landscape. Cyber-physical systems are combining automation and the Internet of Things (IoT) to bring about a Fourth Industrial Revolution — often known as… Learn More


Amatrol to Showcase Industrial Technology Training Systems at ATX West

For the first time in the company’s 54-year history, Amatrol will attend ATX West (Booth #4394) to showcase a selection of the company’s portable troubleshooting devices, the state-of-the-art Skill Boss, eLearning curriculum and eAssessment software.


“Industry 4.0 Fundamentals” Sets the Deck for Student Success

When the Back to the Future trilogy debuted in 1985, it was met with great fanfare and adoration. It starred an immensely popular child-turned-adult actor (Michael J. Fox), featured one of the coolest movie cars of all time (DeLorean), and boasted a box office grossing of almost $417 million for the three films. Though the… Learn More


Are Your Students Prepared To Work in a Smart Factory?

What do you think of when you hear the words “factory job”? For many people, these words bring to mind images of masses of workers performing repetitive tasks on assembly lines in grimy environments. People with this mental image often assume that all factory jobs are low-skill jobs that don’t require much knowledge or preparation…. Learn More


Dual Enrollment Programs Pave the Pathway to Career Success

How do you prefer to communicate with family members, close friends, and co-workers? The options today are numerous: instant message, tweet, snap, text message, or even — if a non-emoji-enabled technology will have to do — a phone call. Of course, some people fondly remember the days of the landline and what a revolution it… Learn More


Could Automation Revive Manufacturing Apprenticeships?

“Robots are taking away our jobs!” This is the cry heard throughout industry by those who fear losing their jobs to robots and other automated systems. Yes, automation does tend to eliminate some low-skill jobs, but we need to move beyond the simplistic view that automation is nothing more than a job killer. In reality,… Learn More


Where Are All the Highly-Skilled Workers?

Now hiring! Help wanted! These are the signs of our times. While many Americans understand that the national economy has picked up steam and unemployment rates are at their lowest levels in decades, most remain unaware that the nation’s manufacturers are in the midst of a full-blown workforce crisis. Technology is rapidly transforming modern manufacturing,… Learn More


Looking Ahead to Manufacturing Trends in 2019

Take a bow, Manufacturing – you’re looking good! Over the past eight years, manufacturing created roughly 1.1 million jobs, bouncing back from the sector’s abyss experienced during the Great Recession. More recently, according to the Institute for Supply Management, 17 of the 18 major manufacturing industries have experienced growth, with overall production estimated to grow… Learn More


Guiding Students toward the In-Demand Skills & Roles of the Future

It’s the perennial question all kids face as they progress through school: what do you want to be when you grow up? The question takes on greater significance as kids turn into young adults in high school and beyond. For instructors and administrators, the task of guiding the students entrusted to them is more important… Learn More


Four Ways to Establish Ties with Local Community Colleges

In this article, a former high school educator shares four tips on establishing ties with local community colleges, and what benefits it can bring to the students, colleges, and employers. As recent as fall 2015, an estimated 6.9 million students, or roughly 38 percent of undergraduates, were enrolled in two-year (or less-than-two-year) community colleges, according… Learn More


Four Tips on Introducing STEM to Young Learners

In this article, a former high school educator shares four tips to help introduce your young learners to the fields of STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Think back to your career dream as a six-year-old. Chances are the choices were rather straightforward: a firefighter, maybe a veterinarian, or even a sports star. The… Learn More


Makerspaces, Amatrol Work to Close the Skills Gap

Explore. Create. Connect. When the California Community Colleges launched their Maker Initiative in 2016 — a three-year, $17-million commitment — the goal was to think outside of the box regarding student education. The plan was simple: enable students to explore possible career paths, while still allowing them freedom to create, and hone, skills that they… Learn More


Training Tomorrow’s Workforce Starts Today

Science fiction fans have waited patiently for decades, eagerly anticipating the day when robots would take over the world. Fortunately, the “rise of the machines” predicted by the Terminator movies has not come to pass. Humans remain in control of Earth, but robots have established a firm foothold in certain areas of our lives. Modern… Learn More


Professional Conferences: How to Show a Solid Return on Investment

Does your organization regularly send its professionals to industry conferences, expositions, or trade shows? If so, you might not have much trouble getting approval for your next business trip to a conference. Unfortunately, many professionals find themselves breaking new ground within organizations that have never paid for employees to attend conferences. Acquiring funds to attend… Learn More


How to Find Grant Funding for Technical Training

The 2017 fiscal year was an important one in the field of grant writing. During that time, the Federal Government awarded over $700 billion in grants and cooperative agreements to small businesses across the country. Additionally, the completion of a Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act) pilot program helped to improve the… Learn More


Using eAssessment To Bridge the Skills Gap with Targeted Training

The robots are coming. Sounds like a tag line from an old sci-fi movie, doesn’t it? Fifty years ago, that statement might have struck fear into the heart of those waiting for an imminent attack by chrome-plated, voice-modulated humanoid machines. Thankfully, the far-fetched plots of those old sci-fi movies didn’t come to pass. Nevertheless, the… Learn More


Industry-Standard Certifications Can Jump-Start or Fast-Track Your Career in Advanced Manufacturing

A century ago, the term “factory job” meant a low-skill, low-pay job in a facility that was likely as dirty and gloomy as it was potentially-dangerous. Not something to aspire to, these jobs usually attracted only those unable or unwilling to seek higher education to pursue a different career path. Fast forward to today and… Learn More

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