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February Tech Bytes

Industry News

ISM: Manufacturing Grows for 55 Consecutive Months

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in December for the seventh consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 55th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. Of the 18 manufacturing industries, 13 are reporting growth in December in the following order
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NAFTA’s Boost to Manufacturing – 20 Years in the Making

January 1, 2014 marks the 20-year anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement’s (NAFTA) implementation and there is strong evidence of the pact’s positive impact on manufacturing in the United States. Since 1993, value-added manufacturing in the United States has expanded from $1.06 trillion to $1.87 trillion in 2012. The increased exports, improved competitiveness and greater industry integration helped contribute to this 76 percent expansion in manufacturing output.
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Factory-in-a-Day Wants Robots to Have 1-Day Shipping

Industrial robots have proven useful in reducing production costs in large factories, with major enterprises enlisting their services to execute repetitive tasks. The Factory-in-a-Day project, which kicked off in October, aims to also make robotic technology beneficial to small and medium enterprises (SMEs), by developing adaptable robots that can be integrated with workplace systems within 24 hours.
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3D printing to alter manufacturing sector, engineers say

Engineers say 3D printing is poised to significantly alter Canada’s manufacturing workforce.
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Plant Engineering Workforce Development Study: Lack of skilled workers leading to unfilled jobs
Finding qualified workers to fill needed manufacturing jobs has continued to remain a problem for companies and it is limiting their ability to expand operations.
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Finding and Keeping a Next-Gen Workforce
Everyone in the manufacturing space has heard about the dramatic talent gap in the industry, where companies cannot find employees with the skills necessary to help run a high-tech operation. Knowledge in automation equipment, or with CNC machines, can be a rare commodity, with most young people moving toward other industries, and manufacturing-centric education faltering or disappearing elsewhere.
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GBC Programs

Tuition Tax Receipt Information

The T2202A is the official tuition tax receipt for tax purposes. T2202A forms will be available February 7, 2014 for all courses taken during the 2013 calendar year. In accordance with Revenue Canada regulations, T2202A forms are only issued for tuition fees totalling $100 or more. Materials and administrative fees are not eligible for tax deduction. You can print out the T2202A Tax form from STU-VIEW (George Brown’s on-line Student Information System) at
If you have do not have or have forgotten your STU-VIEW account password, please call our Call Center at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or 1-800-265-2002 between the hours 8.00am to 6.30pm, Monday to Thursday and 8.00am to 4.30pm on Fridays.
Please have your Student ID number available when you call and be prepared to tell us exactly why you need the password. Your password will be re-activated.
If you need to request a T2202A form for a prior year, please call 416-415-5000, ext. 4493. Please note that a $20 administration fee will apply.

Student success story

Name: Heath Glynn
Program: PLC Technician

Heath lynnHeath Glynn, lead I&E Tech, works offshore on a producing oil and gas platform. There he is “responsible for all regulatory testing and maintaining safety systems on the facility.”

“I researched many schools and made the decision to take the PLC program at George Brown College for a number of reasons. First, it offered the training on the Allen-Bradley 5/500 PLC control software which is the platform used in my facility. Second, were the excellent recommendations from my colleagues who had taken the Electronics Technician Certificate program. Lastly, but most important, was the flexibility the program offered. Working offshore for 14 days straight I have plenty of time to study without pressure to finish a module in a specified period of time. And I found that I did need extra time for some of the more complicated modules.”

“I got all the real-world skills & hands on experience that I could ask for through the simulation software lab work. Many of the skills I have learned in this PLC program were directly applicable to my job and certainly something I could really draw on in my day-to-day job.”
“Taking this program has really paid off; midway thought the PLC program I did receive a promotion and pay raise. I have already recommended this program to 4 other people.””