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Fluid Power Basics

Instructor's Course Overview: This course is for college, industry, vocational, high school, and university level instructors who plan to teach basic concepts and skills in fluid power. Students who have no background in this field or desire to become familiar with Amatrol's curriculum for this level will gain significantly from the course. It features hands-on familiarization with Amatrol's basic and intermediate level fluid power training systems (850 models) and curriculum in both ... Learn More

Are Your Students Prepared To Work in a Smart Factory?

What do you think of when you hear the words “factory job”? For many people, these words bring to mind images of masses of workers performing repetitive tasks on assembly lines in grimy environments. People with this mental image often assume that all factory jobs are low-skill jobs that don’t require much knowledge or preparation.... Learn More... Learn More

Dual Enrollment Programs Pave the Pathway to Career Success

How do you prefer to communicate with family members, close friends, and co-workers? The options today are numerous: instant message, tweet, snap, text message, or even — if a non-emoji-enabled technology will have to do — a phone call. Of course, some people fondly remember the days of the landline and what a revolution it... Learn More... Learn More

Could Automation Revive Manufacturing Apprenticeships?

“Robots are taking away our jobs!” This is the cry heard throughout industry by those who fear losing their jobs to robots and other automated systems. Yes, automation does tend to eliminate some low-skill jobs, but we need to move beyond the simplistic view that automation is nothing more than a job killer. In reality,... Learn More... Learn More

Where Are All the Highly-Skilled Workers?

Now hiring! Help wanted! These are the signs of our times. While many Americans understand that the national economy has picked up steam and unemployment rates are at their lowest levels in decades, most remain unaware that the nation’s manufacturers are in the midst of a full-blown workforce crisis. Technology is rapidly transforming modern manufacturing,... Learn More... Learn More

Guiding Students toward the In-Demand Skills & Roles of the Future

It’s the perennial question all kids face as they progress through school: what do you want to be when you grow up? The question takes on greater significance as kids turn into young adults in high school and beyond. For instructors and administrators, the task of guiding the students entrusted to them is more important... Learn More... Learn More

Training Tomorrow’s Workforce Starts Today

Science fiction fans have waited patiently for decades, eagerly anticipating the day when robots would take over the world. Fortunately, the “rise of the machines” predicted by the Terminator movies has not come to pass. Humans remain in control of Earth, but robots have established a firm foothold in certain areas of our lives. Modern... Learn More... Learn More

Using eAssessment To Bridge the Skills Gap with Targeted Training

The robots are coming. Sounds like a tag line from an old sci-fi movie, doesn’t it? Fifty years ago, that statement might have struck fear into the heart of those waiting for an imminent attack by chrome-plated, voice-modulated humanoid machines. Thankfully, the far-fetched plots of those old sci-fi movies didn’t come to pass. Nevertheless, the... Learn More... Learn More

Industry-Standard Certifications Can Jump-Start or Fast-Track Your Career in Advanced Manufacturing

A century ago, the term “factory job” meant a low-skill, low-pay job in a facility that was likely as dirty and gloomy as it was potentially-dangerous. Not something to aspire to, these jobs usually attracted only those unable or unwilling to seek higher education to pursue a different career path. Fast forward to today and... Learn More... Learn More

Austin Peay Becomes Second College to Offer Siemens Bachelor’s Degree

To read the full article from the Leaf Chronicle, click here. Starting in the fall of 2019, Austin Peay State University (APSU) will accomplish something only one other North American post-secondary institution has done: award a Bachelor’s-level Siemens Mechatronics System Certification Program. While several other community colleges offer certificates and Associate’s degrees for Mechatronics, only... Learn More

Five Ways to Increase Student Enrollment in CTE Classes

Posted by Kenny Colston | March 27, 2018 |Amatrol, Inc. It’s amazing that you can create a class that teaches the skills desperately needed by Industry and then, to your dismay, you struggle to enroll students.  Here are five ways that may help you fill those seats. 1 – Put the cool stuff in the... Learn More... Learn More

Join Amatrol at SkillsUSA in June 2016

Amatrol is pleased to be an exhibitor at SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky on June 21-23, 2016! Amatrol will be exhibiting the following: Tabletop Mechatronics Mechanical Fabrication 1 Basic Fluid Power Learning System (Double Sided A-Frame Bench with Two Hydraulic Manifolds) Portable AC/DC Electrical Learning System Portable Electric Relay Control Learning... Learn ... Learn More

Machine Troubleshooting – A Vital But Shrinking Industry Skill

Troubleshooters are highly skilled workers, but unfortunately, they are becoming an increasingly rare breed in the workforce. I sat down with managers from several large manufacturers to discuss the problem of finding qualified troubleshooters and they explained that in the past, training courses only taught the basics, while the real troubleshooting skills were learned on-the-job... Learn More

Amatrol Selected for President’s “E” Award for Export Excellence

Washington, D.C. – Amatrol, the world’s leader in skills-based, interactive technical learning, is proud to announce our selection as the 2014 President’s “E” Award for Exports by the United States Department of Commerce. This award was created in 1961 to recognize “persons, firms, or organizations which contribute significantly in the effort to increase United States... Learn ... Learn More

Amatrol proudly introduces our new line of eBooks!

Jeffersonville, Ind. – Amatrol, the world’s leader in skills-based, interactive technical learning, proudly introduces our new line of eBooks, an electronic version of our world-class, print-based LAP (Learning Activity Packet) style curriculum that provides learners the ability to take these course online 24/7, including assessments! Quizzes are taken online and the instructor instantly has the... Learn More

Basic Robotics Instructor’s Course

This course is designed to introduce teachers to robotics. Basic Robotics features hands-on familiarization with the components making up a robotics program, including robot power-up and shutdown, manual operation, homing, end effector operation, teaching points, basic programming, and movement. Materials will include both print-based and interactive CDROM curriculum. Attendees will learn through a combination of individualized, hands-on learning of technology units, computer ... Learn More

Amatrol’s Partnership with NIMS

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) is the nation’s only ANSI accredited developer of precision manufacturing skill standards and competency assessments. NIMS certifies individual skills against standards and accredits programs that meet its quality requirements. NIMS stakeholders represent over 6,000 American companies.

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