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Enthusiasm Grows for National Robotics Week

Posted by Sarah Mellish on Apr 2, 2018 10:00:00 AM

The enthusiasm for automation and STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) related fields continues to grow, bringing optimism to the future of the robotics industry. Regional events like TechFest in southwest Ohio and grassroots activities during National Robotics Week have contributed a new level of excitement to audiences of all ages about the cultural impact robotics will continue to have on society.

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Topics: Education and Training, Events


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


The Robotic Engineering Industry: What Students Need To Know

Posted by Scott Rhodes on Jun 26, 2017 10:00:00 AM

 Let’s face it. The public has a surface-level understanding of the robotic engineering industry. Thanks to the media, and some healthy imagination, we envision a new, progressive industry filled with modern engineers, hovercrafts and automated toys. But the robotic engineering industry is neither new, nor occupied by a new breed of engineers (at least not yet). For high school students preparing for STEM careers in this field, it’s important to separate the facts from the fiction and dive into the core of the matter. Here are few things to know:

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Topics: Education and Training


Retrain or Recruit? Tackling the Skills Gap in Your Organization

Posted by Buddy Smith on Dec 5, 2016 1:14:47 PM

My master’s thesis dealt with job satisfaction in the workplace. At the time I wrote my thesis, I was working for a global manufacturer of aircraft parts. In the mid-1990s, I watched my employer go through massive layoffs, reducing its workforce by more than 60 percent in three years. Watching the turmoil made me aware of how important it is to consider people when dealing with shifting economics, production needs and skill gaps.

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Topics: Education and Training, Manufacturing, Production, ROI


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

We frequently receive requests from educational organizations wanting to partner with Yaskawa Motoman. One of the most requested needs and discussions is how to inspire students to take interest in a robotics/STEM career path. “Where are the robotics jobs?”

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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


Let's Get This Party Started

Posted by Jennifer Katchmar on Mar 17, 2014 4:10:26 AM

The fifth annual National Robotics Week (NRW) is almost here! Scheduled for April 5-14, NRW is a ten day celebration of all things robotic, whether it is a rover on Mars, the latest LEGO® MINDSTORMS®, a da Vinci® surgical system or a Motoman® MA1440 arc welding robot.

Yaskawa Motoman was one of the earliest supporters of NRW, hosting tour groups and holding “Meet the Engineers” events at our headquarters since 2010. This year, in addition to opening our doors to students in Ohio, we will be hosting events at our regional facilities in Rochester Hills, MI and Irvine, CA. *Attendance is limited, so contact us early if you wish to schedule a group tour.

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Topics: Events, Education and Training


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