Articles by tag: trade skills

Denny Baumgart Created a Legacy in the HVAC Industry and So Can You

The ever-evolving HVAC industry calls for constant learning, with its hands-on nature often attracting those who love solving practical problems. Denny Baumgart, VP of Technical Services for Airtight Facilitech, is a lifelong learner and has pushed himself to grow his skills in the HVAC industry. Baumgart chose the heat and air conditioning path over […]

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Looking for a Secure Future in an Unpredictable Economy? Become an HVAC Technician

Jonathan Bivens is an HVAC technician at Air Texas Mechanical. He bounced around after high school, trying to find a career that would provide for his family. Thanks to persistent reminders from his uncle, he found out about the possibilities in the field of HVAC. “I have listened to him ever since!” he says. […]

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Welding: It’s Not Just a Job, It’s a Career

What started as “just a job” turned into a fulfilling career for Vince McGill. Watch as he describes his journey to becoming a welder. It wasn’t easy, his parents wanted him to get a four-year degree. But McGill ultimately found the career that was right for him. Now, he loves what he does.  He […]

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Building Management
Plumbing Industry: Providing Support and Adding Value to Your Employees

After the 2008 recession, unemployment reached a high of 10 percent, double the rate in December 2007 of five percent. In the midst of the economic downturn, James Terry managed to start a plumbing company, GreenTeam. Why and how did Terry decide to start his business at this time, and how has the culture […]

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Auto Industry Professionals Weigh Solutions to Persisting Technician Shortage

The demand for workers in the trades continues to outpace the supply at alarming rates. When it comes to the automotive industry, the need for technicians is estimated to be five openings for every active technician. This is a significant increase in the technician shortage from 2021 when the ratio was 2:1 with unfilled […]

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Education & EdTech
Is Higher Ed Support enough for Skilled Trades Education?

Higher education enrollment numbers dipped in the spring semester of 2021, particularly at public, two-year institutions, which saw enrollment drop by 9.5%. That could be concerning for the skilled trades industry, which needs both labor and support for that labor. Innovation might be necessary to help skilled trade education keep pace with the needs of […]

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Conversations from The EDGE: How Do We Attract Young Workers to Skilled Trade Industries?

The US student loan debt hovers at $902 billion. Meanwhile, Millennials and Gen Z’ers are unable to find jobs with their four-year degrees. Their debt continues to mount as they work any job to cover the bills. But this common tail doesn’t have to be the norm. Skills tradesmen and craftsmen jobs are out […]

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Seizing the Narrative: The Transformative Impact of Storytelling on Women’s Empowerment
April 19, 2024

With gender equality becoming a significant global agenda, the narrative around women’s empowerment is more relevant than ever. Amid rising awareness and shifting societal norms, women are increasingly seeking avenues for self-expression and empowerment. A recent study by the Global Gender Gap Report highlights that while progress is being made, substantial efforts are still […]

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V2G technology
Plug into the Future: Decoding V2G for Utility Applications
April 19, 2024

Brian Rudy from Verizon IoT and Melissa Chan of Fermata Energy explore the cutting-edge potential of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology at DISTRIBUTECH 2024. Their discussion highlights how this innovation transforms electric vehicles into dynamic energy storage units, capable of stabilizing the grid by storing and discharging power as needed. This technology represents a significant shift […]

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zero trust architecture
Secure Grid Modernization with Zero Trust Architecture
April 19, 2024

Ray Bauer of Verizon Business engages with Del Rodriguez from Palo Alto Networks at DISTRIBUTECH 2024. Rodriguez shares insights into the significance of cybersecurity within the utility sector, particularly in light of increasing cyber threats and the convergence of IT and operational technology (OT). Bauer and Rodriguez discuss Palo Alto Networks’ initiatives to enhance […]

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private wireless networks
Private Wireless Networks
April 19, 2024

Verizon host Wayne Weeks discusses the evolving utility industry with John Gaster, CEO of KSI Data Sciences at DISTRIBUTECH 2024. Together, they explore how KSI focuses on harnessing data from remote sensing devices to enhance the safety, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness of utility operations. Gaster emphasizes the significant role of AI and machine learning in […]

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