Volume 2, Issue 6 | June 2021
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Preparing Technicians for the
Future of Work to Host Virtual
Special Interest Group
As part of the HI-TEC Conference 2021, Preparing Technicians for the Future of Work will host a virtual Special Interest Group (SIG) convening on Friday, July 16 (11 am–2 pm CDT) featuring:
  • Rationale and Resources for Implementing a Cross-disciplinary STEM Core
  • Perspectives, Priorities, and Impacts of Work of the Future on Regions and Sectors featuring employers and educators from the Midwest, Southeast, and Southwest
  • Industry Speaks: Work of the Future and the Versatilist Technician
  • Author Mehran Gul discusses Innovation Ecosystems

Participants will receive complementary registrations for both the SIG and the HI-TEC Conference, but seats are limited. To apply for participation or to ask questions, contact Ann-Claire Anderson.
Being a “Constant Learner” Propels
Rachel Gaines
Rachel Gaines has had an array of technician jobs at sea and on land since 2012 when she enrolled in a marine biology course at Monterey Peninsula College in California. At that point she had earned a bachelor’s degree in contemporary music and was employed as a wildfire firefighter. Learning to surf nudged her to think about an ocean-related career.

Since then her curiosity and hard work have helped her gain technical skills – like those she learned as a technician maintaining and piloting remotely operated vehicles aboard the Ocean Exploration Trust’s Exploration Vessel Nautilus – to propel her career.

For his work as an engineering technician in a research and development lab at Intel in Hillsboro, Oregon, Korey Theberge constantly uses what he learned in the Portland Community College’s (PCC) electrical engineering technology program from which he graduated in 2016.

To test circuit boards that are new products or prototypes requires his efficient use of microscopes, oscilloscopes, and other measuring equipment, as well as precise soldering skills. Fortunately he has steady hands. He praises his PCC instructors for imparting strong foundational knowledge in how heat transfer works, how to read technical documents such as schematics, and how to use different types of software.

From the NSF ATE Community
2020 - 2021 ATE Impacts Now Available
The much-anticipated 2020-2021 ATE Impacts book showcasing the innovative and critical work of the NSF ATE community is now available. ATE Central has released an online flipbook and easily shareable PDF versions viewable across all devices via any web browser, but you can also request free printed copies using the book request form.

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Program Director, National Science Foundation
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