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2008 Euromaintenance Conference

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A Skill TV Special: Top industry leaders discuss key maintenance issues at the 2008 Euromaintenance Conference.

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Advancing Maintenance in Europe

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Joel Leonard interviews Hans Klemme Wolff, president of the European Federation of National Maintenance Societies, about the maintenance crisis.

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France's Maintenance Angle

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Joel Leonard interviews Claude Pichot, president of the French Association of Engineers, about France's approach to maintenance.

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Maintenance as a strategic asset

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Rockwell Automation's Tom Hetherington talks to Joel Leonard at the PEMAC conference about automation in the maintenance process.

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Experiential Education Fills Engineer Pipeline

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Experiential education helps to fill the pipeline of future engineers. Watch as pumpkins and trebuchets spark students' excitement about engineering.

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Opportunities and Challenges for Maintenance Women

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Joel Leonard interviews Susanne Peters from Mainnovation consultancy group about opportunities for women in the maintenance field.

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What are Canadian Business Challenges?

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Joel Leonard gets to the bottom of the maintenance challenges that Canadian businesses face.

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The welder shortfall

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Marine Chris Myers used the GI Bill to go to welding school and is now an instructor for Lincoln Electric. He demonstrates that the demand for welders is great even in a down economy.

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Craftsmen of the Future

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Chuck Kooistra, vice president of General Physics, talks to Joel Leonard about the importance of recruitment in the maintenance field.

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Guiding students toward a career in maintenance

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Rachel Gilles discusses how ATS is upgrading its current maintenance workers and developing its future workforce through educational efforts.

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Moving to a predictive maintenance continuum

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Don Johnson from ATS explains how outsourcing production maintenance can help factories run better.

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In Crisis Comes Opportunity

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Part 1: Council on Competitiveness

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Part 1: Council on Competitiveness Senate workforce briefing

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A Big Problem in the Skilled Trades

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Bill Thrasher, vice president of PEMAC, talks about the consequences of not feeding the skilled worker pipeline in Canada.

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Breaking Down the Stereotypes

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Greensboro, N.C. Mayor Yvonne Johnson talks to Joel about skills versus gangs.

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Part 4: Council on Competitiveness

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Part 4: Council on Competitiveness Senate workforce briefing

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Part 5: Council on Competitiveness

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Part 5: Council on Competitiveness

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Part 2: Council on Competitiveness

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Part 2: Council on Competitiveness Senate workforce briefing

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Part 3: Council on Competitiveness

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Part 3: Council on Competitiveness Senate workforce briefing

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Skill Shortfall Challenges Business Takeoff

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Joel Leonard discusses with John Cawthron of Timco Aviation Services how the skills shortfall challenges businesses' hiring practices.

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The 2008 Business Challenge Forecast

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Joel Leonard discusses the 2008 Business Challenge Forecast with Joyce Gioia of the Herman Group.

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Insight into the World Congress of Maintenance

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Joel Leonard interviews Guido Walt, former president of the Swiss Maintenance Society, about European maintenance challenges.

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N.C. rebounds from demise of legacy industries

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Joel Leonard talks about the steps North Carolina took to recover economically from the demise of legacy industries that were once the engine of the state's economy.

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MBA Education and the Maintenance Crisis

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Len Middleton, an engineer and MBA, talks to Joel Leonard about how MBA education contributes to the maintenance crisis.

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Preservation Greensboro

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Many think to advance our society we must break away from the past. However, by preserving and maintaining yesterday's assets, we could be building tomorrow's treasures. Joel Leonard interviews Benjamin Briggs, executive director of Preservation Greensboro, to learn about this process.

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The Value of Education

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Former Michigan Gov. John Engler, who is now the president of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), shares his perspective on skills challenges at the 2008 National Summit on American Competitiveness in Chicago.

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Changing Public Perception

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Ted Natt, editor of Sandhills Business Journal, talks about the media bias against maintenance workers and what can be done to change the public's perception of skilled workers.

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Not Just a Bunch of "Goobers"

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Tim Pettigrew, a Mayberry Tribute Actor, also is a certified school bus mechanic. He reveals the complexities of modern transportation equipment and the growing need for qualified technicians.

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World Economy Creates Opportunities for USA

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Joel Leonard met with Council on Competitiveness President Deborah L. Wince-Smith at the 2008 National Summit on American Competitiveness. She says that as the world's economy grows, so do the opportunities available for American companies.

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South Carolina and the Maintenance Crisis

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South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford talks about the need for maintenance workers in his home state.

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Maintenance Evangelist Meets Tech Evangelist

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Maintenance Evangelist Joel Leonard and Technology Evangelist Robert Scoble discuss educational challenges and the need for schools to provide experiential education and hands-on training to fully engage students.

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Maintenance at the University Level

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Are maintenance and reliability taught at the university level? They are at the University of Tennessee at the Maintenance and Reliability Center under the direction of Tom Byerley.

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Ricky Smith at UE World

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Hear what advice reliability guru Ricky Smith would give President Obama on how to improve our nation's economic performance.

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Skill TV Maintenance Crisis Video

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Watch the maintenance crisis unfold before your eyes, to the tune of Joel Leonard's famous "Maintenance Crisis Song."

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SkillTV: Saline Water Conversion Corp

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Improving Efficiency

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A CEO who understands maintenance

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Joel Leonard interviews a CEO who understands the value contribution of maintenance.

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Business and reliability challenges in Russia?

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Are there business and reliability challenges in Russia?

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New CEO and the Wily Old Maintenance Manager

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Skit: The new CEO encounters the wily old maintenance manager

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Maintenance and money

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Peter DeCleric illustrates how maintenance can contribute to the shareholder value of a company

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Russ Read of the Biotechnology Workforce

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New opportunities in biotech: Joel Leonard interviews Russ Read, executive director of the Biotechnology Workforce

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SMRP Conference Expert Roundtable

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Joel Leonard attends the SMRP Conference and interviews industry experts Terry Wireman, Wayne Vaughn and Kahn Ellis, all who currently work with Vesta Partners.

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Welding through history and beyond

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Lincoln Electric's Chris Ilcin and Dan Ziemnik give Joel Leonard a tour of their Euclid, Ohio-based headquarters.

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Lincoln Electric's Carl Peters talks welding

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Lincoln Electric's Carl Peters, director of training and technology, discusses the company's efforts to combat the maintenance crisis and skilled worker shortage

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Welding in the virtual world

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Lincoln Electric introduces students to welding in virtual reality to help with training

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Welding student provides hands-on perspective

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Welding student Seth Cogley talks about his experience in the Lincoln Electric welding program and his career prospects once he graduates

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Improve operational effectiveness

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Hamdan McDar of Saudi Aramco has implemented a variety of strategies to make his company more productive and more profitable.

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Thirsty for reliability?

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Millions of people in the Middle East live in a desert. Those who run and maintain the water desalination plants deserve praise and support for their efforts. Joel Leonard sat down with leaders of the Saudi Water Commission and Datastream Arabia to learn how they were able to implement EAM in three months.

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Preventing inefficiencies and failures

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Bart Winters explains how Honeywell is utilizing the Abnormal Situation Management Consortium and simulation training to stamping out failures.

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Fighting the economic downturn with optimization

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Don Morrison, Profit Suite Product Manager, explains how Honeywell is using real-time technology to optimize plant performance.

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Automation services address the maintenance crisis

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Jason Urso, Honeywell's VP of Technology, is helping businesses improve process safety, reliability and efficiency.

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How to maintain automation performance

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Honeywell's Jose Simon helps companies realize profit capabilities with automation.

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Address financial challenges with efficiency

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Noah Bethel, VP of product development at PdMA, discusses the role of technology in electrical reliability, focusing on cradle-to-grave motor reliability and troubleshooting motors with data analysis support from vendors.

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Compressor technologies reduce costs

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Patricia Del Buono of Atlas Copco Compressors explains that there are lots of opportunities to leverage compressor technologies to reduce costs and energy.

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Preparing for failures with simulation technology

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ABB's Shon Isenhour explains how new technology can help curb the skilled labor shortage.

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Interacting with technology in the real world

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Alan Morris of A3 Technologies brainstorms on possible real-world applications for 3-D technologies in inventory and warehouse management.

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Align goals and strategies to improve efficiency

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Paul Berberian of Alignment Supplies reveals that close to 50% of all rotating equipment failures can be traced back to misaalignment.

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Virtual visualization technology in practice

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FLIR's Jeff Dale demonstrates how thermal imagers can help companies uncover serious energy loss and other maintenance problems.

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Address financial challenges with efficiency II

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Noah Bethel talks about risk reduction and describes today's career opportunities in reliability.

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An integrated approach to predictive maintenance

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Craig Kelly, maintenance supervisor for Cargill Salt, explains how the company is preventing maintenance breakdowns.

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Streamline inventory management control

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Frank Murphy of IMS illustrates how a well-organized storeroom can help companies cut costs and save time.

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Improving the frequency of plant communications

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Ken Pirkle of Broadway Technologies explains how analog two-way radios can improve communication within a facility.

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Necessary skills for green-collar jobs

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Suri Ganeriwala explains how green-collar jobs and green technologies can be used to develop the future workforce.

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Developing advanced training tools

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Suri Ganeriwala's machine fault simulator helps students and trainees understand vibration analysis and prevent misdiagnosis.

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Listening for costly leaks

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Adrian Messer from UE Systems illustrates how ultrasound technology can help companies reduce operational costs.

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Challenges, issues and opportunities

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Ralph Pete Peters, author of Maintenance Benchmarking and Best Practices, explains how maintenance can contributes to the overall productivity of a facility.

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Skill Up

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Joel Leonard interviews Suzy Jamieson

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Joel Leonard interviews Suzy Jamieson from the International Council for Machinery Lubrication

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Hot Technology: Stockton Infrared

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Hot Technology: Joel Leonard talks to Greg Stockton, president, Stockton Infrared

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How to hear profit loss

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How to hear profit loss with UE Systems

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The Green Collar Payback: Enpulse Energy

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The Green Collar Payback: Joel Leonard interviews Derrick Giles, president, Enpulse Energy, about the opportunities in green-collar jobs

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Tour and history of Lincoln Electric

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A tour of Lincoln Electric reveals the company's history and major projects it has worked on, including the bridge over the Grand Canyon

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The Importance of Best Practices and Training

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Bruce Warrick, maintenance manager for Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging, talks about the cultural challenges in his plant, and how best practices and training have helped improve the maintenance process.

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The Challenge of Work Process

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Think Reliability's Mark Galley discusses the importance of clarifying work process to help the plant achieve smooth work flow.

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Keep Out Contamination

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Des Case's Trigg Minnick talks filters and filtration systems to make sure your oil is as clean as it can be.

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The Godfather of Maintenance

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Jack Nicholas, dubbed the "Godfather of Maintenance," talks about condition-based and reliability-centered maintenance in the Navy, and the importance of best practices.

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Reliability training in a virtual environment

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Andy Ginder explains how ABB's online game, the Reliability Challenge, helps plant professionals explore maintenance and reliability practices.

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Preserving compressor longevity with maintenance

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Emmett Sills, service trainer for Atlas Copco, takes viewers on a guided tour of a compressed air system.

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Performance technologies and training equipment

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Emmett Sills from Atlas Copco explains how the Air Academy helps professionals optimize compressed air system performance.

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YouthBuild

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Skill TV uncovers the benefits of YouthBuild USA

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Joel Leonard met with Eric Gallegos, Grainger customer service representative. Eric got his job after graduating from YouthBuild's HVAC program.

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Skill TV meets with YouthBuild HVAC students

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Peter Lamantia, who was formerly homeless, explains why he loves the career opportunities that the YouthBuild program opened up for him.

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Skill TV meets with YouthBuild HVAC students

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YouthBuild HVAC student Cartlon Montgomery says he is anxious to get to work.

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Skill TV meets with YouthBuild HVAC students

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Julian Durr, who at the time this video was shot was in a work release program, is excited to have the opportunity to do something productive with his HVAC training.

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Skill TV meets with YouthBuild HVAC students

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HVAC student Lafayette Curtis shared his enthusiasm about contributing at a higher level and getting off of the streets.

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Skill TV meets with YouthBuild HVAC students

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Daniel Wynn works at night, and during the day he takes HVAC classes to learn the skills he needs to break away from past transgressions and to support his family.

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Better Welding, Better Career - Part I
Maintenance Evangelist Joel Leonard interviews Ben Kaiser and Adam Ramthun, students at Lincoln Electric Welding School, about their career paths.

Better Welding, Better Career - Part II
Maintenance Evangelist Joel Leonard interviews Ashley Webel, an instructor at Lincoln Electric Welding School, about her career path.

Better Welding, Better Career - Part III
Maintenance Evangelist Joel Leonard interviews Jessica Huffman, student at Lakeland Community College, about her career path.

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