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1. Nuclear energy industry struggles to replace aging workforce

ATMAE SmartBrief | Feb 11, 2015

The nuclear energy industry must hire up to 20,000 new workers over the next four years to replace an estimated 39% of the workforce who might retire by 2018, according to the Nuclear Energy Institute. Partnerships are being formed between the industry and universities and other organizations to attract talented younger workers in the U.S., but the Department of Energy says the number of graduates does not meet the demand for new nuclear workers. Power Engineering (02/05)


2. New technology could make metal 10 times stronger

ATMAE SmartBrief | Feb 18, 2015

Modumetal, a Seattle-based startup, has developed an inexpensive nanotechnology process that makes steel and other metals up to 10 times stronger and reduces corrosion. The company is working in collaboration with several petrochemical companies, because oil contains highly corrosive compounds detrimental to equipment used in oil production. MIT Technology Review online (02/16)


3. Demand growing for electricians, industrial maintenance workers

ATMAE SmartBrief | Feb 25, 2015

The need for electricians is estimated to grow by 23% during 2010 to 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In Wisconsin, two employers say advanced training is key for job opportunities in electrical and plumbing work, with one business owner saying he may need to add apprentices to keep up with demand. Herald Times Reporter (Manitowoc, Wis.) (tiered subscription model) (02/19)


4. FAA unveils proposed rules for drones

ATMAE SmartBrief | Feb 18, 2015

The Federal Aviation Administration on Sunday released a draft of proposed rules for the commercial use of drone aircraft in the U.S. The FAA regulations would not require operators to obtain pilots' licenses, but they would require them to pass a written test, register the drone and pay about $200 in fees. The FAA estimates that 7,000 businesses will obtain drone permits within three years after the rules are finalized. Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The (02/15)


5. Report casts future of manufacturing in more and more data

ATMAE SmartBrief | Feb 25, 2015

Data including those provided by machine logs, product telematics and equipment sensors are the future of manufacturing, a Frost & Sullivan study states. "The Internet of Things, Internet of services, [Big Data] and integrated industry will leave a decisive impact across all sections of the manufacturing value chain," including the shop floor, as more and more data points are brought out of the dark, the study concludes. Forbes (02/19)


6. Successful people have these traits

ATMAE SmartBrief | Feb 18, 2015

Successful people don't wait for instruction before tackling challenges, they possess self-awareness and they have a knack for integrating information into a coherent vision, Barrett Riddleberger writes. They also are able to focus on problems at hand without being influenced by flattery or rejection. Inc. online (free registration) (02/16)


7. 9 steps for earning a promotion

ATMAE SmartBrief | Feb 11, 2015

The first step for earning a promotion is to learn the hierarchy at your company and figure out the qualifications for the next rung on the ladder, Jocelyn Goldfein writes. Ask your boss what you can do to acquire those qualifications, and seek projects that will help raise your visibility, she writes. Medium (02/05)


8. How the U.S. can create advanced industries and jobs

ATMAE SmartBrief | Feb 04, 2015

Firms that utilize updated equipment, science and engineering professionals and renewable energy are driving innovation and employment growth in U.S. manufacturing, write Dominic Barton, global managing director of McKinsey & Co., and Bruce J. Katz, vice president of the Brookings Institution, in this commentary. Education and job training must be bolstered by industry's involvement in sector-driven training programs -- such as Pacific Gas and Electric's partnership with community colleges -- to grow advanced manufacturing in the U.S., they write. Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (02/02)


9. N.C. community college creates specialized degree program for mechanics

ATMAE SmartBrief | Feb 11, 2015

A community college in North Carolina recently debuted a specialized training center for mechanics who work on highly computerized cars, addressing a need for such workers in the industry. Fayetteville Technical Community College offers a two-year degree program on collision-repair and refinishing technology and works with business partners to provide students with late-model cars for training. National Public Radio (02/08)


10. Tips for transitioning to a new role

ATMAE SmartBrief | Feb 04, 2015

Be successful in a new role by creating 30-, 60- and 90-day plans, writes Hannah Morgan. Learn the company's systems during the first 30 days, start integrating your strengths by day 60 and begin implementing actions toward achieving your goals by day 90. U.S. News & World Report (01/28)




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