# News Blogs

## Common Rules For Weighted Number Systems

April 03, 2018

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.

## Organic Solar Panels Are the Future. Here’s 3 Reasons Why

February 27, 2018

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?

## How to Create Correct Ohm’s Law KCL Branch Equations for Nodal Analysis

January 31, 2018

In our second installment of the series we take a look at Nodal Analysis for technicians. Nodal analysis is a means of determining the voltage present at a node of interest with respect to a specified reference point. Many technicians have difficulties creating valid Ohm’s Law representations for the KCL (Kirchhoff’s Current Law) node equations when trying to perform this type of circuit analysis.

## Using the Natural Log or “ln” Function in Circuit Analysis

December 22, 2017

Today’s discussion focuses on Euler’s number and the utility of the related natural logarithm or “ln” function as they pertain to technician level circuit analysis. Once we have discussed the nature of Euler’s number and the related base “e” natural log function, we will move on to take a look at an example of their practical application for technicians when performing circuit analysis tasks.

What is Euler’s Number ?

## Take Advantage of Module Exemptions to Earn an Electromechanical Certificate

June 05, 2017

Are you a graduate of the Electronics (ET) Technician Certificate program? Have you considered continuing your technical training further to propel your career? As a GBC Electronics graduate you are eligible for exemptions in the Electromechanical Technician (EM) certificate program.

## Adding Another Dimension to Make 3D Manufacturing Real

April 27, 2017

Of all of the technologies that have emerged over the last couple of decades, one of the coolest and most useful would have to be 3D manufacturing. Also known as 3D Printing, this new way of creating three dimensional objects has taken many industries by storm. It’s become a cost effective way of producing 3D models in any manufacturing plant, office or bedroom.

## Aging Baby Boomer Workforce Puts Strain on Manufacturers Seeking Skilled Workers

March 17, 2017

Over the next decade, around 3.5 million US manufacturing jobs will need to be filled, as many skilled workers from the baby boomer generation plan to retire in the next few years. The industry’s workforce is aging at a faster than normal rate—and what’s more, the skills required to do their jobs will be substantially different than the skills currently prevalent in the younger workforce.