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Bob Graff

Bob Graff
Bob Graff is Senior Sales Manager, Education at Yaskawa America Inc. - Motoman Robotics Division

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A Compelling Case for Careers in Robotics and Advanced Automation

Posted by Bob Graff on Dec 15, 2017 10:23:38 AM

The United States is inadequately prepared to meet the staffing needs for the quantity and quality of entry-level robotics and automation technicians needed in our manufacturing facilities across the country. Recent studies by the Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute, Boston Consulting Group and Deloitte report the impact and extent of the manufacturing skills gap, and at the present pace, the industry faces a job shortage of 2 million workers over the next decade1.

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Topics: Education and Training


Employers Want Grads Who’ve Learned Real-World Lessons from Robots

Posted by Bob Graff on Jul 5, 2016 12:00:00 AM

We recently surveyed members of the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) to get a handle on the state of robotics education in America. In the course of four days, we heard back from nearly three hundred teachers

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Topics: Education and Training


Mind the Skills Gap

Posted by Bob Graff on Jan 11, 2016 5:28:19 AM

Part of Charles Speelman’s job is connecting students and employers. But Speelman isn’t a recruiter; he’s an educator. Three years ago, as superintendent of Tri-Rivers Career Center in Marion, Ohio, Speelman was getting calls from companies saying that there weren’t enough skilled workers entering the trades, especially manufacturing. So, Speelman (with an approximately $15-million “Straight A Grant” from Ohio) launched the Robotics & Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative, known as RAMTEC. Students at RAMTEC get to work with and learn about the same machines and tools used by many manufacturers.

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Topics: Education and Training


Want to Get a Robotics Job? Here’s How.

Posted by Bob Graff on Aug 25, 2014 1:59:14 PM

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Topics: Education and Training


Strengthening Education and Workforce Development

Posted by Bob Graff on Jun 23, 2014 4:00:38 AM

I’d like to share my thoughts on Yaskawa Motoman’s vision and commitment to STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics) curriculum and workforce development.

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Topics: Education and Training


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