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Society of Manufacturing Engineers - Education Foundation
Dearborn, MI

The SME Education Foundation is committed to giving the next generation the proficiency they need to be successful in a world of unprecedented technological change and global competition.

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Adam Lowther
Electromechanical Equipment Technician

Organization: American Electric Power
Location: Columbus, OH

I perform daily functional tests of relays on electromechanical equipment. The relays are tested periodically as part of a preventive maintenance schedule. Sometimes the relays fail in service and I have to troubleshoot the relaying scheme to identify the problem. I also clean, perform tests, and calibrate different types of electromechanical relays. These tasks require knowledge of assembling machines, systems, and devices. (Source from InDemand Careers in Advanced Manufacturing magazine, Issue 3, written and produced by The McGraw-Hill Companies under contract to the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration. Digital versions of InDemand can be downloaded from careervoyages.gov).


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