41 episodes

For many of today’s technicians the Future of Work is already in focus. They are cross-disciplinary workers, immersed in diverse platforms and interrelated systems that once belonged to single industry sectors. This podcast series will explore the horizons of work from the perspective of industry partners, two-year college educators, technicians and NSF ATE leaders who are working together to transform technician education.

Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work Mike Lesiecki

    • Technology
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

For many of today’s technicians the Future of Work is already in focus. They are cross-disciplinary workers, immersed in diverse platforms and interrelated systems that once belonged to single industry sectors. This podcast series will explore the horizons of work from the perspective of industry partners, two-year college educators, technicians and NSF ATE leaders who are working together to transform technician education.

    Episode 41: Factory Reset - Redefining Manufacturing In the New Digital Age

    Episode 41: Factory Reset - Redefining Manufacturing In the New Digital Age

    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.

    • 23 min
    Episode 40: Harnessing the Power of Data and the Must-Have Cross-Disciplinary Skills

    Episode 40: Harnessing the Power of Data and the Must-Have Cross-Disciplinary Skills

    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 make decisions in the workplace.

    • 26 min
    Episode 39: Adapting Additive Manufacturing Technology to Meet the Demands of I4.0

    Episode 39: Adapting Additive Manufacturing Technology to Meet the Demands of I4.0

    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.

    • 30 min
    Episode 38: Technicians in the New Blue Economy

    Episode 38: Technicians in the New Blue Economy

    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.

    • 24 min
    Episode 37: Incorporating the Internet of Things

    Episode 37: Incorporating the Internet of Things

    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.

    • 42 min
    Episode 36: Supply Chain Automation In Transition

    Episode 36: Supply Chain Automation In Transition

    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.

    • 35 min

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7 Ratings

Ann in NY ,

Excellent info for today’s technician training professionals

I just discovered this podcast and want to recommend the podcast and the website to educators and technicians in technical trades for the excellent info provided as we continue to experience an ever-changing and growing technical landscape.

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