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Specialists are The “True Problem Solvers”. Specialists understand how objects work and they are systematic, resourceful and gain satisfaction from successful project completion. They are task-focused with great attention to detail. Specialists are critical thinkers who are often mechanically inclined- the Mr. or Ms. Fix-It. They usually have a knack for seeing and understanding how things operate. Specialists hold titles like technician, contractor or operator and work in the construction and manufacturing industries or other trades. Other titles include architects, surveyors, receptionists, beauticians, technical drafters, plumbers, laborers, millwrights, journeymen, CNC Operators, mechanics, and technicians.

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Advisory Consultant – Power BI, Power Apps development (Remote Position)

Advisory Consultant (Work From Home) Must HAVE : BA Degree, Skills in Power BI dashboarding and Power Apps development. APPLY HERE Month Contract to HIRE

Victaulic CEO John F. Malloy talks about returning manufacturing to the U.S., labor challenges and more

Malloy, who has led the company for more than 15 years, spoke with The Morning Call about Victaulic’s business as well as the present and

Trucking companies train you on the job. Just don’t try to quit.

  … Each year, thousands of aspiring truck drivers sign up for training with some of the nation’s biggest freight haulers. But the training programs

Gov. Wolf Announces Funding to Support Student Agriculture, Manufacturing Career Awareness Program in Berks, Chester – pa.gov

Governor Tom Wolf today announced new funding for the Chester County Economic Development Foundation (CCEDF), through Pennsylvania’s Manufacturing PA Training-to-Career Program (MTTC), to create a program that will help

DOL Issues Proposed Rule on Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

ABC is concerned about a proposal from the Biden administration that will increase the number of contractors subject to electronic safety data submission requirements and

ABC Requests 60-Day Comment Period Extension on Proposed Changes to Davis-Bacon Act Regulations

Following the release of the U.S Department of Labor’s proposed rule, Updating the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts Regulations, on March 18, ABC formally submitted a

White House Releases FY23 Budget Proposal

On March 28, the White House released the president’s $5.8 trillion budget for the next fiscal year, which renews calls for tax hikes to support

ABC Urges USDA to Withdraw Proposal That Includes New Labor Law Compliance Certifications and Reporting

On Feb. 17, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published a proposed rule to make amendments to the Agriculture Acquisition Regulation, which includes new labor law

ABC Hails Court Decision Blocking Biden Administration’s Independent Contractor Rulemaking

On March 15, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas dealt a blow to the Biden administration’s efforts to delay and rescind

ABC Celebrates Women in Construction Week 2022

ABC celebrated Women in Construction Week, March 6-12, to raise awareness of the growing role of women in the construction industry and encourage women to

ABC: Biden’s Proposed Davis-Bacon Act Reforms Are More Pork for Special Interests

“While ABC is still reviewing the 432-page rule, it appears the DOL missed an opportunity for meaningful Davis-Bacon reform. For example, the proposed rule reverts

ABC Partners with Congressional Leaders to Oppose Biden PLA Mandate, Advocate for Fair and Open Competition

On March 7, Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., and Rep. Ted Budd, R-N.C., wrote letters to the White House in opposition to President Biden’s executive order

Sens. Thune, Scott Seek Federal Recognition for Industry, Market-Driven Apprenticeships

On March 7, U.S. Sens. John Thune, R-S.D., and Tim Scott, R-S.C., introduced legislation that would allow federal recognition of industry and market-driven apprenticeship programs.

ABC Joins Amicus Brief on NLRB’s Employer Handbook Rules

On March 7, the ABC-led Coalition for a Democratic Workplace filed an amicus brief in Stericycle, a case in which the National Labor Relations Board is considering

ABC Responds to President Biden’s State of the Union Address

During his address to the nation, President Joe Biden expressed his support for the Protecting the Right to Organize, saying, “Let’s pass the PRO Act.

CDW Pushes Back on NLRB Independent Contractor Case, Conflicts of Interest

On Feb. 11, the ABC-led Coalition for a Democratic Workplace filed an amicus brief before the National Labor Relations Board in The Atlanta Opera, a

ABC, Coalition Support the Fair and Open Competition Act in Letter to Congress Opposing PLA Mandates

On Feb. 23, ABC and a coalition of 19 associations and organizations representing the construction industry and business community sent Congress a letter of support

Action Needed: Oppose Biden’s PLA Executive Order

ABC recently drafted a letter highlighting its concerns with President Biden’s recently announced Feb.4 Executive Order 14063, which imposes government-mandated project labor agreements on federally

Materials Prices, Interest Rates and Defense Spending: Major Impacts of the Invasion of Ukraine

The Russian invasion of Ukraine will have three first-order impacts on the U.S. construction industry. The first relates to materials prices, which are already sky-high

DOL Offers Webinar on Davis-Bacon Compliance for Projects Receiving Funding Under IIJA

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is offering two free webinars on Feb. 28 and March 1 at 1:30 p.m. ET to

ABC, Coalition Argue Against Government-Mandated Project Labor Agreements in Letter to White House

ABC joined a diverse coalition of more than a dozen associations and organizations representing millions of workers in the construction industry in a letter to

What’s On My Desk?

“What’s on my Desk” is a question that comes up from time to time – even more so when I post a picture that has

Architectural Graphics 101: Finish Schedules

Finish Schedules are a topic that I’ve been wanting to discuss for years. What do they look like, what information do you show, how do

Studio Lessons 101: Architectural Precedents

One of the many activities undertaken in architecture school is the study of Architectural Precedents. While I am may not be convinced of the outcomes,

Architects and Sketching

There is a nostalgia associated with architects and sketching but is it still an integral part of the design process anymore? The post Ep 066:

NECA/IBEW 2020 Year in Review

The post NECA/IBEW 2020 Year in Review appeared first on ElectricTV. Source

The Shelter Program & Electrical Trade

If there’s anything we’ve learned in 2020, it’s that life watch video… The post The Shelter Program & Electrical Trade appeared first on ElectricTV. Source

My Favorite Architecture Books – 2020

I wanted to share with others the books I am buying, or the ones I own and enjoy since I so rarely write any blog

OFCCP Publishes Directive on Contractor Compliance

On Dec. 11, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs issued Directive 2021-02 to provide clear and specific guidelines to OFCCP

ABC Indiana/Kentucky Chapter Launches Online Learning Portal for Electrical Apprentices

ABC Indiana/Kentucky chapter took a unique approach to combat issues created by COVID-19 and lockdowns. The ABC Electrical Apprenticeship Learning Portal webpage was created for

How to Detail a Snowman

It’s hard to believe that the Christmas Holidays are upon us and I haven’t shared with you my profound “How to Detail a Snowman” knowledge

Seventeen ABC Members Ranked in Top 20 Among BD+C’s Top 135 Contractors for 2020

Of the nation's top 20 contractors, 17 are ABC members, according to Building Design + Construction’s recently published list of Top 135 Contractors for 2020. These

Ep 064: A Day in the Life of an Architect

Answering the question of what exactly does a typical day in the life of an architect look like is nearly impossible – but we are

ABC Members Win CURT CISE Awards for Safety Leadership and Achievements

On Nov. 17, The Construction Users Roundtable announced the winners of its Construction Industry Safety Excellence Awards. The following ABC members received CURT awards based

The Bottom Line With ABC National’s Chief Economist Anirban Basu – Dec. 1, 2020

On this week’s episode of “The Bottom Line With ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu,” get insights on the  nonresidential construction spending, which was virtually unchanged

Bar Renovation – From Bad to Better

“Addition by Subtraction” was the theme for the renovation of my bar. Considerate detailing that thought about the entire space resulted in a simple and

063: Holiday Gift Guide for Architects

It’s that gift-giving time of the year and if you have an architect in your life, you know that getting them a gift is rough

The History of World War I, II, and the Vietnam War Lives on at the Air Museum Near Detroit

The Yankee Air Museum in Belleville, MI is a place watch video… The post The History of World War I, II, and the Vietnam War

Denver Health Hospital Works to Meet the Needs of its Growing Community with an Expansion

  The post Denver Health Hospital Works to Meet the Needs of its Growing Community with an Expansion appeared first on ElectricTV. Source

The NECA/IBEW Powering America Team is Flipping the Script on Solar Power at Barnes Jewish College

Solar power is growing in America, and in order to watch video… The post The NECA/IBEW Powering America Team is Flipping the Script on Solar

Mark Twain Transmission Line Construction in Northeast Missouri

The Mark Twain Transmission Line is a 96-mile, 345 KV watch video… The post Mark Twain Transmission Line Construction in Northeast Missouri appeared first on

Council on Industrial Relations (CIR) Keeps Construction Projects Moving

The Council on Industrial Relations (CIR), located in Washington D.C., watch video… The post Council on Industrial Relations (CIR) Keeps Construction Projects Moving appeared first

Fireplace Renovation – The Long Haul

Renovating my house has not been awesome for so many reasons, but slowly and surely we are getting someplace with it all. The most recent

Architecture Lectures and Presentations

One of my new tasks this semester in my academic position is to be a member of the departmental committee for lectures and exhibitions. This

U.S. States Vote on Ballot Initiatives That Impact the Construction Industry

While a handful of U.S. Senate, House and state legislative races from the 2020 elections remain uncalled, voters in a handful of states made some

062: The Evolving Virtual Office

The phrase “Virtual Office” has a much different ring and connotation to it now than it did just a few months ago. As more and

CISC Releases Updated COVID-19 Prevention, Preparedness and Response Plan for Construction

On Oct. 29, the Construction Industry Safety Coalition released an updated COVID-19 Prevention, Preparedness and Response Plan for Construction. The plan outlines the steps that construction employers and employees

DOL Issues New Opinion Letters on FLSA Compliance: Voluntary Training Programs and Travel Time

On Nov. 3, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division issued two opinion letters addressing specific compliance issues related to compensability of time

Kitchen Pantry Design 101

Pantries are one of those spaces that exist within every house that either get a lot of attention or no attention at all. With just

I Work How Many Jobs? My FTE equals 3.0?

As we discussed the stereotypes earlier this week on the podcast, I was inspired to create this post. Added to that is just two days

061: Architectural Stereotypes

When I say the word “architect” what do you imagine? It seems that most people imagine architects in black clothing, heavy rimmed glasses, and they

Architectural Graphics 101 – Title Blocks

Architectural Graphics are a topic that it seems everybody has an interest in discussing – or at the very least, looking at for comparison purposes.

YC Gaming Startups Are Hiring (Job Expo with Emmett Shear, CEO of Twitch)

Event page: https://www.workatastartup.com/events/gaming-tech-talks-2020 YC’s Work at a Startup and founders and teams of 8 YC gaming startups are coming together to host a first ever

060: The Perfect Portfolio

At one point or another, every architecture student or graduate has a portfolio of their work that they have agonized over creating. Portfolios are important,

Surprise! I’m Starting a Residential Studio

I really enjoyed the 20+ years I spent working with people (who typically became my friends) to design their dream houses. Of all the things

Top Instagram Accounts for Architectural Visualization

So as a follow-up to the recent podcast this week, I wanted to delve into the world of visualization and find some of the best

059 Architectural Visualization with Alex Hogrefe

Do you have architectural visualization skills? Maybe you’re asking yourself “what does even mean?” Well, you are in luck because today on the Life of

We, Myself and I

Are architects bad at sharing? The word “I” is a take credit type of word, while saying “we” is a sharing credit type of word.

Starting Architecture School: COVID Edition Part 2

So I know that I have written before about the transition to online teaching that occurred last spring, but I am going to revisit. I

058: Talking Shop with Building Science Fight Club

Understanding the physical behavior of the building as a system and how it impacts the energy efficiency, durability, comfort, and indoor air quality is pivotal

NEW Centennial Plaza Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio

In Northeast Ohio, Football is huge, whether it’s highschool teams, watch video… The post NEW Centennial Plaza Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio

Being an Architect Is Hell – Painting and Contact Paper

Renovating your home is fun … as long as you have an unlimited budget and don’t have to live there during the process. Unfortunately for

055: Scale This!

How does scale factor into the practice of architecture? For any architect, scale and proportion are two skills that appear to be the most challenging