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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

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

Local Students Tour Amatrol for National Manufacturing Day 2015

We here at Amatrol had great National Manufacturing Day 2015 (www.mfgday.com) this year. We hope you’ll really enjoy video shot by one group that visited us that showcases students touring our world-class manufacturing facility. Amatrol’s involvement in National Manufacturing Day 2015 is in support of National Association of Manufacturers’ mission to stress the vital importance... Learn More

Amatrol Announces Tours for Manufacturing Day 2015

  Amatrol, in partnership with One Southern Indiana and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), is offering tours of its world-class manufacturing facility for Manufacturing Day on September 30th, October 1st, and October 2nd, 2015. NAM sponsors Manufacturing Day to highlight the excellent careers available to the future workforce of the United States in manufacturing.... Learn More

Makerspaces, Amatrol Work to Close the Skills Gap

Explore. Create. Connect. When the California Community Colleges launched their Maker Initiative in 2016 — a three-year, $17-million commitment — the goal was to think outside of the box regarding student education. The plan was simple: enable students to explore possible career paths, while still allowing them freedom to create, and hone, skills that they... 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

Amatrol Expands In Jeffersonville, IN

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN – Amatrol is pleased to announce that it is in the final stages of completing its new building expansion, which increases manufacturing , development and training capacity to better serve the education and training community. This expansion represents a $2.2 million investment that adds 40,200 square feet for a total of 122,000 square... Learn More

Amatrol Announces Addition of Oxygen Education Division

Jeffersonville, Ind. – August 20, 2010 - Amatrol has added Oxygen Education online learning as a new division. Oxygen Education LLC previously developed and marketed technical training software but decided to exit the market. Amatrol has purchased much of Oxygen Education’s training materials and has now created a division of Amatrol that will continue to offer the same products. Oxygen Education products include technical training for fundamental technical skills such as math, ... Learn More

How Does Industry 4.0 Affect My Job? The Truth Behind Smart Automation

To watch a Multimedia version of this story, please click here. When we open up trusted publications and see headlines like… “ROBOTS ARE STEALING OUR JOBS” (Entrepreneur, April 2019) “AI EXPERT SAYS AUTOMATION COULD REPLACE 40% OF JOBS IN 15 YEARS” (Fortune, Jan. 2019) “JOB LOSS FROM AI? THERE’S MORE TO FEAR!” (Forbes, Aug. 2018)... Learn More

Transform Your Tabletop Mechatronics System into a Smart Factory

Are You Ready for Industry 4.0? Industry 4.0, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Smart Factory, the Industrial Internet, Smart Automation, the Industrial Internet of Things, and Smart Manufacturing are just a few of the names used to describe the technological changes currently transforming industries around the world. If you’re teaching mechatronics with Amatrol’s Tabletop Mechatronics System,... Learn More

What Is Needed for Smart Factory Capabilities? A Look Into Industry 4.0…

  To view this article as a Multimedia Presentation, please click here. Smart Factory Technology – they are the buzzwords overtaking the Industrial sector. Worldwide, leaders are rushing to get their companies on the track toward smart automation. And that intelligent automation push has also made its way into the Educational sector, with high schools,... Learn More

Training the Future Workforce: We’re Not in Kansas Anymore

  “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” Those iconic words spoken by Dorothy upon her arrival in Oz perfectly summed up how she felt about being out of her comfort zone in a new, unfamiliar environment. Similar words might be spoken today by someone experiencing a modern advanced manufacturing facility for the... Learn More

STEM Education Holds the Key to Bridging the Skills Gap

Cutting-edge technologies, such as the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence, continue to shape current and future jobs across a broad range of industries in ways that no one fully understands yet. Unfortunately, the skills of operators and technicians aren’t keeping pace with the demands of employers. Today, the demand for highly-skilled workers for a... Learn More

Teach Hands-On Smart Automation Skills in High School Using Amatrol’s Tabletop Smart Factory

High school administrators and career and technical education (CTE) teachers across the country know that preparing their students for the jobs of the future means embracing the new technologies shifting the manufacturing landscape. Cyber-physical systems are combining automation and the Internet of Things (IoT) to bring about a Fourth Industrial Revolution — often known as... 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

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

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

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