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PLC vs. PAC: Understanding the Differences & Values of Each

July 07, 2020
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In some ways, the phrase, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is an adage that can be applied to the manufacturing sector, particularly when it comes to the use of Programmable Logic Controllers (or PLCs).

Networking for Technical Professionals

June 19, 2020
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Covid-19 has made it difficult for even the most social among us to build connections.  Here are a few tips to help technical professionals build and maintain their connections online, and prepare themselves for the post-pandemic world.

PLC Programming Errors and Oversights - Part 2

June 18, 2020
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In our last installment of the Practicing PLC Technician Series, we examined some of the common approaches used when programming PLCs for industrial applications. In this installment we will examine some of the most common programming errors and oversights that occur when working with the instructions we have covered to date in our ongoing series. Here are some basic programming oversights and issues to watch out for.  

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.