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10 Questions About Your Work

Few things are as terrifying as a blank page. As a follow-up to my suggestion about writing a personal history I offer these leading questions: When did you start working?

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Diversify Your Workholding Solutions

When it comes to workholding, the only thing more diverse than the list of customer demands the industry sees is the number of options offered to meet them with. From

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Worm Gears: Higher Energy Efficiency and Less Strain on Resources

Introduction The concepts of sustainability and energy efficiency are gaining importance in power transmission engineering. More than ever, manufacturers are looking for ways to reduce raw material consumption and attain

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Every Story Matters

One of my favorite car enthusiast publications, Hemmings Classic Car, has a monthly feature where readers submit a personal essay on their experiences working in the auto business. Recent topics

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Why Not Teach?

This past week I had the opportunity to participate in a wonderful seminar for process engineers. My fellow presenters were all industry veterans with wide-ranging experience in our trade. The

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Shared Knowledge

If you think you know something, try teaching it. Putting aside the average engineer’s aversion to public speaking, the prospect of organizing your thoughts and experience on a topic so

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Is This Change Necessary?

Ranting about needless software upgrades got me thinking about why we love “new” things. Aren’t there some things we should leave well enough alone? Curmudgeon-hood comes easy with age; our

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Change for the Sake of Change?

One of the great things about social media is the opportunity to keep up with what is going on with family and friends. Sometimes you can offer an encouraging word,

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The First Steps are the Hardest

Apprenticeships are frequently mentioned as the key to rebuilding America’s manufacturing sector. The people who usually say this often have limited knowledge of the apprentice system — and even less

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Starting a Life in Gears

“The gypsies know my future, the angels know my past, I roll around this big wide world to find a love that lasts.” — Excerpt, River Song, by Tom Rush