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Friday, September 27, 2013

Manufacturing Leaders in Innovation

Does a state's policies lead to manufacturing innovation?


Followers of our blog are typically highly educated, as they are maintenance, engineers and manufacturing managers. Educated readers tend to put more weight on facts and stats, analyze them and look for trends, then draw conclusions accordingly. (Can you say 'SPC'?) The above map shows 4 out of the top 5 high-tech innovative manufacturing states are northern. I wonder, could the commonality that drove these states to lead in manufacturing be liberal policies that look to the future? Could it be there state policies embrace change as opposed to clinging to the past?  Could it be these state just had more money to invest in education and innovation? Or is it just that cooler weather yield higher production and innovation, LOL? Or could it be they do not have a common driving force, each one excelled for totally unrelated reasons?

So my question to our intelligent readers, whom I value your opinion, is ...

  • What do you think could be a common element that allowed these state's manufacturing to surpass the rest in using high-tech innovation?

Use the comment section below to give me your thoughts, it will be interesting and much appreciated.     

Don (Follow me on Industrial Skills Training Blog and on Twitter @IndTraining .) Be sure to to stay on top!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Does a Maintenance Electrician have to be a Licensed Electrician?

Does a Maintenance Electrician have to maintain an electrical license like residential/commercial electricians do??

A friend asked this question after reviewing an industrial maintenance electrician job description, the answer will surprise you. Below is my reply ...
The above video and many more at BIN952 YouTube channel 
will give you an idea of how much more knowledge and skills 
a maintenance electricians has to have compared to a 
residential/commercial electrician. Every year the requirements 
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I know it doesn't make sense, but most manufacturing electricians (IE: maintenance tech, instrument tech, maintenance mechanic, etc., whatever that particular employer is calling them at that moment) as describe in the industrial maintenance job description example he referenced ....

Do not maintain an electrician's license, in the USA anyway. Half of them or more, never had an electrical License. Its one of those "exceptions to the rule" I am always talking about. lol

It just evolved that way as in the beginning most manufacturing maintenance were primarily mechanics, then as automation and more electrical control evolved in the industry, and a couple cross job training phases/trends occurred, next thing you know, 'maintenance mechanics' where electricians too. :) Somewhere in that history, trade schools sprung up teaching industrial electricians and later instrument technicians too, but still not OJT trade requirement and annual renewal 'Electrician's License' requirement.  In part all this came about because maintenance managers hired primarily based on what you can do, and what you have done in the past. Not what license, certificate or other piece of paper you had.

And the other way around is true too, the typical residential electrician, commercial electrician does not have anywhere near the skill and knowledge base required to be an industrial electrician (maintenance tech, instrument tech, maintenance mechanic, etc., whatever that particular employer is calling them at that moment).

What has been your experience with this? Is this basically the same for other countries? What about building maintenance? Apartment maintenance? Please use the comment area below to let me know.

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