Episode 42: What Is Emerging? Just Look at Your Mobile Phone
Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work
by Mike Lesiecki
5M ago
In this episode, Todd Christensen joins Mike to talk about integrated sensors, MEMS, and how advanced digital technologies are increasing the complexity of the tools and skills required by technicians. Digitalization means technicians must be equipped with a broad range of cross-disciplinary stem skills. Todd also shares his take on the recent bill for chip manufacturing and research and how it could impact the workforce. Find out what Todd believes will be the next big thing and what advice he would offer to educators, employers, and future technicians ..read more
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Episode 41: Factory Reset - Redefining Manufacturing In the New Digital Age
Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work
by Mike Lesiecki
7M ago
In this episode, Mike interviews Jake Hall, the "Manufacturing Millennial" for a fresh perspective on the next generation of technicians. With emerging technologies in Industry 4.0, Jake shares his thoughts about how factories are transforming and what the manufacturing sector needs to do to recruit and develop young talent ..read more
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Episode 40: Harnessing the Power of Data and the Must-Have Cross-Disciplinary Skills
Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work
by Mike Lesiecki
8M ago
Host Mike Lesiecki interviews Jordan Morrow, the “Godfather of Data Literacy.” They discuss how technicians can become proficient in interpreting and communicating data and why these skills are more important than ever for the future of work. They examine what certification programs and pathways for data literacy and data analytics are emerging to help address the critical functions of data literacy and data analytics. Mike and Jordan explore how instructors can begin integrating data literacy and analytics into their own programs so that students are ready to work with data to diagnose and ma ..read more
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Episode 39: Adapting Additive Manufacturing Technology to Meet the Demands of I4.0
Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work
by Mike Lesiecki
9M ago
Host Mike Lesiecki interviews Eric Wooldridge and learns how Eric’s education and broad industry experience in engineering, architecture, and farming help him develop curricula in additive manufacturing/3D printing for Somerset’s 16 college sites and satellites.Hear about innovations happening in additive manufacturing on the front-lines of education, and discover which skills in the Cross-Disciplinary Stem Core technicians will need as the demand for additive manufacturing/3D printing by various industries intensifies. You’ll want to stay until the end as Mike and Eric discuss how faculty can ..read more
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Episode 38: Technicians in the New Blue Economy
Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work
by Mike Lesiecki
10M ago
Join Mike and his guest, Justin Manley, as they take us on a seafaring exploration of the "blue economy" and the possibilities for technicians in this unique working environment. From his early days running a research lab building ocean robots at MIT to his current role on the business side, Justin brings his comprehensive take on ocean tech and the transferability of technical skills from one industry to another ..read more
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Episode 37: Incorporating the Internet of Things
Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work
by Mike Lesiecki
11M ago
In this episode hear how one college is collaborating to innovate curriculum development. With the rapid emergence of the multi-disciplinary skills needed in technologies like the Internet of Things, learn about model strategies and how these innovators at Moraine Valley Community College are bringing out the best in their faculty to meet the needs of students and industry ..read more
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Episode 36: Supply Chain Automation In Transition
Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work
by Mike Lesiecki
1y ago
Phil Gilkes shares his extensive knowledge about the trends and transitions in the Supply Chain Automation industry. With systems like Predictive Maintenance and Overall Equipment Efficiency, Phil discusses the growing need for technicians to have a deeper understanding of effectiveness and efficiency in operating and maintaining equipment. Phil also gives insight into how education and employers are responding in order to equip technicians with the skills they'll need to succeed in the industry ..read more
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Episode 35: The Emerging Workforce in Advanced Manufacturing
Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work
by Mike Lesiecki
1y ago
What is the number one skill that manufacturing looks for in recruiting? With emerging technologies and Industry 4.0, the landscape in manufacturing is changing every day. Despite the new corresponding skills technicians will need for career success, there are important perennial skills in the manufacturing industry. What are these skills? How will a technician integrate these cross-disciplinary skills for maximum effectiveness? Find out more in this podcast and hear how manufacturers are working with educators to develop programs for credentials and certifications for an effective talent pipe ..read more
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Episode 34: Biology and Its Industrial Revolution
Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work
by Mike Lesiecki
1y ago
How are industry, education, and government working together to build a sustainable end-to-end bioindustrial manufacturing ecosystem? Why is it more important than ever and how can industry work with educational institutions to influence curriculum development so that technicians acquire the cross-disciplinary skills industry needs? Listen to our interview with Tom Tubon of BioMADE as he and Mike discuss how BioMADE is catalyzing collaboration and innovation to help develop and expand the future workforce for industrial biotechnology ..read more
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Episode 33: Technicians Enabling the Cloud
Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work
by Mike Lesiecki
1y ago
In episode 33 Mike and guest Aaron Osmond explore the cloud from an industry and workforce perspective. They discuss the need to increase the pipeline of technicians going into cloud technology and how emerging technologies are expanding the range of skills needed by technicians working in the cloud space. With the increasing demand for skilled technicians hear how companies like AWS Cloud services are partnering with higher education institutions and workforce agencies to integrate cloud education into existing programs ..read more
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