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Women In STEP: Why Women Should Pursue Careers in Manufacturing

March 20, 2018
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STEM (which is stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) is becoming a buzzword nowadays. But what about STEP? As part of an initiative to promote women in manufacturing, The Manufacturing Institute launched the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Production (STEP) Ahead Initiative in 2012 to showcase notable women in the industry.

Debunking 5 Myths About Manufacturing Jobs

March 19, 2018
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Manufacturing is experiencing a renaissance in North America, but manufacturers regularly report difficulty filling open positions. If you aren't sure a manufacturing job is for you, check out our debunking 5 myths about manufacturing jobs infographic to see why there has never been a better time to enter this dynamic field.

Motion-Control and Robots Are Not the Same: Here’s an Explanation

March 14, 2018

Many people associate the term automation with robots, but it’s not always the case. Similar to how there are various types of pasta, there are different kinds of automation systems; this includes motion control and robotics system. These machines make our lives easier by completing repetitive tasks without human assistance, and are often found in the manufacturing industries. While they both may perform similar tasks, operating them is another story.

Everything You Wanted To Know About PLCs But Were Afraid To Ask

March 07, 2018
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According to Markets Insider the industrial automation market is expected to have a 20% increase by 2024, exceeding USD $5 billion.

How Much Do Programmable Logic Control Technicians Really Make?

February 05, 2018

Many people, especially millennials, are turned off by careers in manufacturing and other trades jobs because they’re often associated with low level skills and pay. However, with changes the industries has seen in the last decade, this is no longer the case.

Changes in the industry

What is a PLC Programmer?

December 19, 2017

Since the second half of the twenty-first century, mechanization and automation has turned the industrial world on its head. Today, most industrial machines operate thanks to the existence of PLCs, or Programmable Logic Controllers.

Module Exemptions between the PLC and PLC Technician II Programs

July 24, 2017

The PLC Technician Certificate programs at GBCtechtraining, share a common core  of 7 modules. What does that mean for you? It means that there will be module exemptions and savings for you if you take both. Once you complete one PLC program, credit for exemptions will apply to the second PLC program; saving you close to $500 in tuition on your second credential.

PLC Programming Trumps Custom Code in Assembly Line Applications

September 01, 2016

In this fast paced technological age, it seems only natural that some programmers feel compelled to write custom code rather than using the pre-packaged software made available by the manufacturer of a piece of automated industrial equipment. Of course, this stance is considered to be highly contentious within the industry – something that can be said whenever two very different schools of thought exist.