Major Companies Partner with Schools
Higher education apparently makes strange bedfellows from time to time, with the latest auto manufacturing collaboration coming from some unlikely allies. The Huffington Post reports that Ford, GM and Toyota are teaming up with other manufacturers to create a training curriculum that will meet the needs of the entire industry. The curriculum will specifically be geared toward community colleges, particularly those in Michigan – the auto manufacturing capital of the country that could use an economic boost since the recent recession.
Manufacturing Program Expanding at Asnuntuck
Already boasting a successful manufacturing training program, Asnuntuck Community College is preparing to expand to allow even more students the opportunity to move into this lucrative field. According to the Windsor Locks Patch, the Connecticut state legislature recently passed a comprehensive jobs bill that allotted $2.2 million to the school for the purpose of growing their precision manufacturing program. The hope is that expansion of the program will encourage long-term economic growth in the area by boosting small business opportunities.
Starting in April 2010, federal law will require that all professionals who are hired to renovate, repair, or paint homes, child care facilities, or schools built before 1978 be certified in lead-safe work practices. The change is mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) new Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule. The EPA's new rule requires that renovators be trained by accredited centers in lead-safe work practices, and renovators and renovation firms must be certified as capable of working safely with lead-based paint.
Training for Lead-Safe Workers
Contractors and other professionals who work with paint in buildings built before 1978 will need to show that they have taken a training course and received a certificate in lead-safe working practices. The EPA
Welding commonly involves using heat and technology to join various metal parts; building on this core focus, some aspects of a welding career can include the use of equipment to create welds and the inspection of welds to ensure specifications and standards are met. Additional tasks may involve reading blueprints, drawings, or other forms of visual or written instruction.