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Mike Rowe on Job Skills Training

Today the skills gap is wider than it has
ever been. 5.6 million jobs according to the BLS. Vocation education is still missing from an
overwhelming majority of high schools. Bills like the one before this community still
meet resistance impart because millions of Americans still view a career in the trades
as some kind of vocational consolation prize. It’s a bias is misguided as any other prejudice
with us today. it posses a clear and present danger to our
country’s over all economic security. The student loan bubble is going to burst
as bubbles always do. Currently the outstanding debt is 1.3 trillion
dollars and yet we continue to lend money we don’t have to kids who can’t pay it back
to teach them jobs that no longer exist while ignoring all other kinds of careers that actually
do. In Springfield Massachusetts right now there
are tens of thousands of manufacturing jobs available, yet the unemployment rate in Springfield
is just as high as it is in the rest of the state. The mismatch between available jobs and the
unemployed local population is enormous and it is happening everywhere. If you want to make America great again, you
gotta make work cool again. You have got to make it aspirational. It can’t be this thing that is sitting there
for a whole bunch of people who failed on the aspirational road. It can’t be that vocational consolation prize. You just have to change the image of the opportunity.

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    Knowledge and safety protocol (LOTO) for operation and repair of all types of production equipment including pneumatics, hydraulics, mechanics, and electrical (up to 600V AC/DC).

    Knowledge of gas, water, sanitary, emission control, cooling, HVAC, and related systems.

    Read blueprints and perform fabrication activities such as machining, drilling, torching, grinding, welding, and assembly.

    Understand wiring diagrams and troubleshoot equipment issues.

    Perform assigned tasks while focusing on the safety of self and others as the first priority.

    Prioritize the organization and cleanliness of all work areas.

    Awareness and practicing of all Health, Safety, and Environmental policies.

    Knowledge or ability to learn to troubleshoot and program Allen Bradley PLC’s using RSlogix 500, Factorytalk View Studio, and other PLC software (preferred).

    Must be able to lift 100 lbs

  • **** ***** MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS ********
    Two years of full-time paid experience working in the construction, maintenance, and repair of lighting circuitry.


    • A valid driver's license is required. Applicants will be disqualified and not eligible for hire if their record within the last 36 months reflects three or more moving violations and/or at-fault accidents or a conviction of a major moving violation (such as DUI).

    • A valid Class B driver's license and valid medical certificate approved by the State.
    The examination may close without prior notice at any time after a sufficient number of applications have been received. Filing periods may change without prior notice or additional dates may be added, as needed, at a later date. For administrative purposes, filing will close periodically and reopen on the dates noted in the "Application Deadline" section of this bulletin.

    After meeting minimum qualifications, and in accordance with Rule as stated above, candidates will be scheduled for the following:

    Examination Weight: Written Test . . . . . . . . . . . 100%

    The examination score will be based entirely on a multiple-choice written test. In the written test, emphasis may be placed on the candidate's experience, training and professional development as they have provided the knowledge of: terminology used for light circuit components, such as grounding potheads, high voltage disconnects, receptacles, and various types of lighting transformers sufficient to assist electricians in proper circuit installation; various types of wires, cables and splicing techniques used in street lighting electrical circuitry such as high and low voltage cable, various wire gauges, and types of insulation as contained in the Standard Specification for Public Works Construction Manual (SSPWCM); procedures and specifications used in conduit installation, including proper depth of conduit placement, sizes and types of conduit, and related connectors as contained in SSPWCM; procedures, materials, and specifications relating to pull box installations such as grades of rock, setting heights, and electrical bonding of conduits; types and uses of fuses such as cartridge, plug, stats, and circuit breaker used to isolate control of electrical source from work area; procedures necessary to properly attach a megger, headset, or other testing equipment to an electrical circuit; purpose for and use of a multifunction meter, including checking and measuring current flow; various types of street light posts, such as concrete, cast iron, and steel posts sufficient to properly assemble or disassemble post parts; proper use and function of derrick equipment sufficient to recognize signs of derrick equipment problems; boom clearance as required by Sections 1768 and 2946 of the Construction Safety Orders sufficient to work around energized overhead lines; safety procedures and external operations of an air compressor, including starting, stopping, properly attaching equipment, and interpreting air pressure, water pressure, fuel, and oil gauges; electrical principles such as current flow and electrical conductivity sufficient to prevent personal injury and ensure safe work habits when working on multiple circuits; Work Area Traffic Control Handbook, including control, warning, guidance devices, and types and uses of safety equipment such as cones, warning flags, warning signs, and barricades sufficient to ensure safe working conditions; basic first aid procedures used in treating on-the-job injuries such as cuts, electrical shock, abrasions, and punctures; safe driving rules and regulations applicable to the operation of heavy-duty trucks, including the use of safety equipment, proper weights, loads, and vehicle inspection as contained in the Vehicle Code; and the ability to safely use various tools and equipment, including hand tools, pneumatic tools, power tools, crimping tools, pipe threaders, pipe reamers, and air pressure fittings; use various rigging techniques, including knots and hitches such as square knots, half hitches, and slip knots used to set or lift posts; read and interpret a variety of electrolier standard plans and circuit patrol maps; and other necessary skills, knowledge, and abilities.

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