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November 16, 2018
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Computer simulations have greatly evolved with progress in computer science over the past few decades. With origins in a math experiment during WWII, simulation technologies now have widespread applications in various industries ranging from healthcare to manufacturing to entertainment. Simulation tools have found numerous successes and advantages in education, being used for teaching, training, and testing applications.

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July 31, 2018
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In this installment of The Practicing Technicians Series we will be discussing the significance of power factor correction. As a technician, you may be responsible for monitoring and adjusting the power factor of your industrial operation. Many industrial applications involve induction motors or other equipment that results in supply voltage and supply current being out of phase. This is wasteful and expensive for power providers.

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July 16, 2018
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LinkedIn might seem like it’s only for office workers, but this is no longer the case. Nowadays, every industry—including manufacturing—is on LinkedIn. There’s a large number of recruiters looking to fill technical positions on the platform, too. In fact, over 90% of recruiters will scan your LinkedIn profile as part of the recruitment process.

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June 20, 2018
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Two commonly misunderstood types of training are certificates and certifications. Both provide important value, but are quite different in terms of purpose, content, oversight and commitment required to complete them. Selecting the right training will ultimately increase your hire ability and/or value to your employer.

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April 03, 2018
Position Weighting

Technicians often encounter values expressed in binary, octal, or even the hexadecimal number systems. In our fifth installment of The Practicing Technician’s Series, today’s discussion focuses on characteristics that are common to all of these number systems.

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February 27, 2018
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With a swelling global population and industrialization on the rise, our species’ voracious appetite for energy has reached unprecedented levels. In fact, it’s been estimated that since commercial oil drilling began in the 1850s, we have drained more than 135 billion tonnes of crude oil to fuel our home and industries. Not only are fossil fuels detrimental to the environment, they’re also quickly depleting.

How can humanity sustain itself?

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January 31, 2018
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With automation trending in almost every industry, electronic technicians are becoming highly in-demand. This demand is further amplified by the large volume of electricians that are expected to retire in the next decade or so. Because of this, developing electronic technician skills and experiences would lead to many opportunities. For those who are interested in this promising field, below is an overview of the job description and some tips to get started.

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