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Amatrol’s eLearning: The Technical Training Solution for Industry

Click HERE to view this article as a multimedia presentation. The Challenge What is the biggest challenge facing industry today? Most business leaders can quickly name a variety of challenges they face, but according to IBM’s “The Value of Training” white paper, “more than 65% of global leaders cite ‘talent and leadership shortages’ as their... Learn More

Amatrol’s eLearning on Kindle Fire tablets!

Amatrol’s eLearning is now compatible with Kindle Fire tablets running OS 2.2 or higher through Amatrol’s Mobile eLearning app! Instructors now have an inexpensive tablet option for their students to access Amatrol’s interactive eLearning on Kindle Fire. Complete Learning Management Send Activation Codes through email Register students Monitor student participation Track student completion Pre-Assess learner... Learn More

Amatrol eLearning and LMS now compatible on Windows tablets!

Amatrol proudly announces our eLearning compatibility with Windows tablets running the Windows 8 or Windows RT operating system. This compatibility means that Amatrol has expanded its definition of “anytime/anywhere learning” to include tablets, so now learners can access eLearning courses, train on virtual trainers, and take quizzes using their Windows tablet! Amatrol’s Learning Management System... 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

What Is Industry 4.0?

Click HERE to view this article as a multimedia presentation. Nearly two decades into the twenty-first century, advanced technologies continue to drive change in every aspect of life, including how we work. Industries around the world can attest to the fact that changes are indeed afoot in the workplace. These changes are often summed up... 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

Technical Training & Certifications in Prison Systems Could Close Skills Gap

For approximately nine million incarcerated offenders annually, it is the moment they have been counting down toward – they day they’re released back into society. Oftentimes, it can be met with a wide range of emotion: excitement of reuniting with family and friends; relief of reacquiring freedom; and anxiety of what their next steps may... Learn More

Skills Training in Correctional Facilities: How Second Chances Could Help Close the Skills Gap

Employers all throughout industry face a human capital crisis that’s only going to get worse before it gets better. Thanks to a worldwide skills gap and record-low unemployment rates, companies find it increasingly difficult to hire the skilled workers they so desperately need. At the same time, there’s a large population of people who often... Learn More

Evolving CTE Programs Can Help Bridge the Skills Gap

What comes to mind when you hear the words “career and technical education”? Although familiar to most education professionals, those words don’t always ring a bell with others. Many students and parents, for example, are more familiar with terms like “vocational-technical program” or “trade school.” Today’s career and technical education (more commonly referred to as... Learn More

Training for the Future: How CPT and CPT+ Certifications Can Enrich Professional Development

Since its inception, the United States of America has earned the moniker “The Land of Opportunity.” More than 240 years after its founding, that saying still holds true – as long as you know where to look. Currently, the Advanced Manufacturing sector is facing a “skills gap”, meaning there aren’t enough qualified workers to fill... Learn More

NIMS Certifications Pave the Path to a Successful Career in Industry

If you’re looking for a job, look no further than the nearest advanced manufacturing facility. In today’s job market, that’s good advice because manufacturing is booming. According to the National Association of Manufacturers, manufacturers added 13,000 new jobs in January 2019. This continues the trend started in 2018. In total, manufacturers created 284,000 jobs in... 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

Amatrol to Showcase Industrial Technology Training Systems at ATX West

For the first time in the company’s 54-year history, Amatrol will attend ATX West (Booth #4394) to showcase a selection of the company’s portable troubleshooting devices, the state-of-the-art Skill Boss, eLearning curriculum and eAssessment software.... Learn More

“Industry 4.0 Fundamentals” Sets the Deck for Student Success

When the Back to the Future trilogy debuted in 1985, it was met with great fanfare and adoration. It starred an immensely popular child-turned-adult actor (Michael J. Fox), featured one of the coolest movie cars of all time (DeLorean), and boasted a box office grossing of almost $417 million for the three films. Though the... 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

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

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

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

Looking Ahead to Manufacturing Trends in 2019

Take a bow, Manufacturing – you’re looking good! Over the past eight years, manufacturing created roughly 1.1 million jobs, bouncing back from the sector’s abyss experienced during the Great Recession. More recently, according to the Institute for Supply Management, 17 of the 18 major manufacturing industries have experienced growth, with overall production estimated to grow... 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

Four Ways to Establish Ties with Local Community Colleges

In this article, a former high school educator shares four tips on establishing ties with local community colleges, and what benefits it can bring to the students, colleges, and employers. As recent as fall 2015, an estimated 6.9 million students, or roughly 38 percent of undergraduates, were enrolled in two-year (or less-than-two-year) community colleges, according... Learn More

Four Tips on Introducing STEM to Young Learners

In this article, a former high school educator shares four tips to help introduce your young learners to the fields of STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Think back to your career dream as a six-year-old. Chances are the choices were rather straightforward: a firefighter, maybe a veterinarian, or even a sports star. The... 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

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

Professional Conferences: How to Show a Solid Return on Investment

Does your organization regularly send its professionals to industry conferences, expositions, or trade shows? If so, you might not have much trouble getting approval for your next business trip to a conference. Unfortunately, many professionals find themselves breaking new ground within organizations that have never paid for employees to attend conferences. Acquiring funds to attend... Learn More

How to Find Grant Funding for Technical Training

The 2017 fiscal year was an important one in the field of grant writing. During that time, the Federal Government awarded over $700 billion in grants and cooperative agreements to small businesses across the country. Additionally, the completion of a Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act) pilot program helped to improve the... 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

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

Four Reasons You Should Be Teaching IIoT & Smart Factory Technologies

In the manufacturing world, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Smart Factory Technologies are the way of life – machines communicate with each other, proactively working through a variety of projects, as well as problems that may arise. Working hand-in-hand with those employees on the floor, these smart technologies increase production while keeping costs... Learn More

Join Us at ACTE VISION 2018 & See Smart Factory Training Systems In Action

Join Amatrol at the ACTE Career Tech VISION 2018 in San Antonio, Texas on November 29th and 30th. Come see us in booth #800 and check out of our new Smart Factory and Tabletop Smart Factory Learning Systems, Skill Boss, Portable Process Control Learning System, and more! More About Amatrol Learning Systems Featured at the... Learn More

Four Reasons Why Students Should Seek Out More Apprenticeships

In this article, a former high school educator shares four reasons why apprenticeships should be presented to students of all ages, and how they can prepare a student for the workforce better than a traditional college setting. Sometimes in life, the next logical step in an order of operations is a simple one. For example,... Learn More

Five Ways to Attract Millennials to Manufacturing

In this article, a former high school educator (and current Millennial) shares five ways to attract Millennials to your company, and the benefits their employment can bring to your business. Since they have been old enough to join the workforce, Millennials have received a bad rap. They’ve been labeled as lazy, entitled and impatient, with... Learn More

New State-of-the-Art Technology Center Opening in Central Louisiana

To read the full article from The Rapides Foundation, click here. Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) recently received a $4 million grant to “strengthen manufacturing training programs” in Central Louisiana and establish the Central Louisiana Manufacturing Technology Center in downtown Alexandria, Louisiana, which will house a state-of-the-art technical training program. This Center will feature... Learn More

Amatrol and MSSC Labor Day Gift to the Nation

Facing ‘skills gap’ in manufacturing workforce nationwide, Amatrol and MSSC partner up to release ‘CPT+ Skill Boss Production’, a new hands-on training and certification program JEFFERSONVILLE, INDIANA – Thanks to a partnership between two industry leaders, who believe in a hands-on approach to tackling a nationwide ‘skills gap’, the manufacturing workforce may soon see a... Learn More

Four Ways eAssessment Can Work for You

Employee training is essential, but let’s face it, every minute that a current or new employee sits in training, the work that you’ve hired them to do piles up.  The best way to minimize the pain is to eliminate unneeded training and one way to accomplish this is through eAssessments. Here are four ways eAssessment... Learn More

National Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program Certifies First Apprentices in IN

National Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program Certifies First Apprentices in Indiana Amatrol became the first company in Indiana to graduate workers from Industrial Manufacturing Technician apprenticeships. In fact, three Amatrol employees – Beverly Garvin, Alyssa Wheatley, and Jessica Schafer – completed the apprenticeship program in March 2018. Three additional Amatrol employees are currently enrolled in the program... Learn More

3 More Ways to Increase Student Enrollment in a CTE Program

Posted by Kenny Colston | May 9, 2018 |Amatrol, Inc. After getting feedback from our first list of tips to increase enrollment in your CTE class, we’ve decided to give three more tips to help instructors. Career and technical education thrives on innovation and that includes how to attract students to your program. Thanks to... Learn More

3 Ways to Determine a Community’s Technical Training Needs

Posted by Kenny Colston | March 27, 2018 |Amatrol, Inc. One of, if not the main purpose, of career and technical education is to help students find rewarding careers while helping fill unmet job needs in a community. As a CTE instructor, you’re the main drivers of bridging this gap. But how do you find... Learn More

Five Tips for Successful Technical Training Grant Proposals

In this article, an experienced grant writer shares five quick tips for improving your chance of funding a technical training program through grant funding. These grant writing tips are a great start to any grant proposal. Say you’re an ambitious educator, school administrator, or training director and industry leaders in your community are telling you,... Learn More

Amatrol Mechatronics Training Video

Amatrol’s Mechatronics Training Video Amatrol’s mechatronics training video showcases Amatrol’s Mechatronics Learning System, which recreates an industrial environment to teach learners real-world tasks to develop job-ready skills. Fully supported by Amatrol’s self-paced, interactive multimedia curriculum, this mechatronics training system incorporates mechanical, electronic, pneumatic, hydraulic, and electrical systems all under PLC control to assemble an industrial... 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

Visit Amatrol at ACTE CareerTech VISION 2017

Join Amatrol at ACTE’s CareerTech Vision 2017 in Nashville, TN on December 7th – 8th, 2017 and see Amatrol’s new Industry 4.0 training solutions in action! In addition to our new Industry 4.0 training solutions, Amatrol is exhibiting the Skill Boss Production – a skill assessment system made in partnership with MSSC, our new Portable... Learn More

Amatrol Selected as a Finalist for SME Training Provider of the Year

Amatrol Selected as a Finalist for SME Training Provider of the Year Amatrol would like your vote for SME Training Provider of the Year! Vote by clicking the banner below and selecting Amatrol from the drop-down menu in the SME Training Provider of the Year category: Amatrol has been shortlisted for the SME Training Provider... Learn More

NIMS Pilot New Industrial Technology Maintenance Credential

On behalf of the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS), Amatrol invites manufacturers in southern Indiana and surrounding areas to help in piloting their competency-based Industrial Technology Maintenance (ITM) credentials before the national release. NIMS has endorsed Amatrol as its preferred eLearning source for cutting-edge multimedia training materials to support this new ITM Certification. Amatrol’s... Learn More

NIMS Endorses Amatrol’s Multimedia Curricula for ITM Certification

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) has endorsed Amatrol as its preferred eLearning source for cutting-edge multimedia training materials to support its new Industrial Maintenance Technology (IMT) Certification. Amatrol’s multimedia based training will cover a wide array of maintenance skills for all duty areas of the certification including general maintenance operations, hydraulic systems, process... Learn More

Visit Amatrol at ACTE’s CareerTech Vision 2015

Join Amatrol at ACTE’s CareerTech Vision 2015, in New Orleans, November 20th & 21st!  We will be demonstrating several new products as well as showcasing Amatrol’s eLearning courses on tablets!  Our training consultants will be on hand to listen to the vision that your have for your program and show you options to make that... Learn More

Amatrol Announces Student Reference Guides Now Available

Amatrol’s interactive eLearning courses provide spectacular curricula for knowledge and skill building. Now, Amatrol’s new Student Reference Guides contain all of a course’s technical content in a concise, handy printed format, making them the perfect student takeaway.... 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

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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Amatrol’s Partnership with MSSC

Amatrol supplies interactive, on-line learning to MSSC for use in their Production Technician Certification training. Both Amatrol and MSSC have long recognized the ever growing demand for technically skilled workers. According to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the skill gap for entry level workers in advanced manufacturing is growing at a startling rate. With approximately 30% of jobs requiring technical skills and only 17% of graduates having them, you can see how ... Learn More