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How Solar-Powered IoT Sensors Can Improve Infrastructure

June 08, 2020
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The Internet of Things (IoT) has certainly made life easier for the end consumer. But when paired with other well-established technologies like low power smart sensors, solar power, and battery technology, it can also be a vital component to helping civil engineers detect structural problems in aging municipal and national infrastructure before a catastrophic event can occur.

How to Download, Install and Access your Program Material

June 04, 2020
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Congratulations in taking that first big step to upgrade your skills by registering into the online PLC Technician Certificate program. Now that you have signed-up for the program, you should have received an email with a link to download the web-based curriculum software. This means that once you have installed the program material (simulation software and web-based curriculum software) onto your computer you can start learning immediately.

Update on GBCTechTraining’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 25, 2020
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The COVID-19 pandemic and our government’s public health and societal response to it are having a dramatic effect on all of our lives, and the way we interact with each other as individuals, businesses and public institutions. George Brown College and our distance learning department have been challenged to adapt and adjust the delivery of our programs.

The Importance of Soft Skills in the Workplace

March 16, 2020
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Students often think that once they gain technical knowledge, they are ready to go and get that career they've always wanted. They often overlook the soft skills, thinking that they're something that we're all naturally good at (or not). 

Standard Practices And Errors Encountered By Beginners When PLC Programming - Part 1

February 28, 2020
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Over these next two installments of our ongoing Practicing PLC Technician Series we will examine some common programming concepts  as well as some of the most common programming errors that occur when utilizing the instructions we have covered in basic control applications.

What Skills Do PLC Students Gain after the GBC Certificate Programs?

February 27, 2020
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So, you’re interested in a career in PLCs? You’ve chosen one of the most exciting fields in the tech industry with a great outlook. Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) are so versatile and have such a wide range of applications and career opportunities for PLC Technicians. These opportunities include working in a variety of industrial settings, which range from manufacturing to power distribution, food processing, mining, transportation, consumer electronics and many others.

The Basics Of PLC Programming – Part 4

January 21, 2020
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In this installment of our ongoing Practicing PLC Technician Series, we will expand on our knowledge of the virtual counterparts to real world field equipment already familiar to PLC technicians working in industry today.  The last physical device we will be examining is the counter.

How are PLCs used in Robotics, Automation & Electromechanical fields?

November 26, 2019
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The emergence of the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) heralded a new age of manufacturing. Processes on the factory floor became more automated, more precise, and less costly, which in turn meant a greater quantity of better produced goods for the end consumer at a cheaper price.