ClearOne, the Salt Lake City, Utah-based provider of conferencing, collaboration, and network streaming solutions, will host several AVIXA RU-credit courses for August 2022.
ClearOne University’s August 2022 schedule boasts a variety dedicated instructor-led sessions, giving participants the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the latest ClearOne solutions, ask questions and get feedback from product experts in real time.
The training schedule includes classes on CONVERGENCE AV Manager Certification, UNITE 200 Pro Camera Training, AV Conferencing Certification, Advanced Pro Audio Conferencing Certification, Design Library Training, CONSOLE AI Software Configuration Certification and Pro Audio Conferencing Certification.
The courses are now open for registration. The schedule of Topics and times is as follows:
CONVERGENCE AV MANAGER CERTIFICATION
UNITE 200 PRO TRAINING
DIALOG 10 USB TRAINING
AV CONFERENCING CERTIFICATION
ADVANCED PRO AUDIO CONFERENCING CERTIFICATION
DESIGN LIBRARY TRAINING
CONSOLE AI SOFTWARE CONFIGURATION CERTIFICATION
PRO AUDIO CONFERENCING CERTIFICATION
As two US grid operators have flagged a shortage of qualified engineers to conduct interconnection studies, pv magazine USA recently spoke with Kalyan Chilukuri, vice president of Electric Power Engineers, about industry staffing challenges and measures that might help.
The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) said in a statement to the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) last year that that “few experts are available to hire” who can conduct interconnection studies for utility-scale projects.
The Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) similarly reported to FERC in late 2020 that it has “experienced delays in performance of interconnection studies by outside consultants.” FERC cited both comments in a exact notice about a proposed rule to Boost generator interconnection procedures.
With hundreds of gigawatts of large-scale solar and storage projects awaiting interconnection studies by grid operators and utilities across the country, the availability of experts to conduct those studies is a key issue. Kalyan Chilukuri – vice president for energy resources integration and interconnection for Electric Power Engineers, LLC – shares his insights on the topic.
pv magazine: How does an electrical engineering (EE) bachelor’s degree with a power engineering focus prepare you for interconnection studies?
Kalyan Chilukuri: Typically, a master’s degree in electrical engineering with a focus on power systems is required to ensure sufficient fundamental knowledge to enter the power systems studies field. The graduate engineer needs a good understanding of control theory and power systems analytical methods, and a good foundation in power systems and the individual components that make up the system. Interconnection studies are only one area that power systems engineers can go into—meaning the already reduced pool of talent (power-focused EEs) diminishes further as there are many non-interconnection related positions available to power system engineers/graduates.
The challenge now is not in recruiting sufficient graduates but in training them. While external training programs can address the gaps in knowledge of tools and/or specific power systems fundamentals, knowledge of the ISO/RTO system and processes/procedures requires time, experience, and close mentoring from senior engineering staff. Attracting and retaining senior engineers ensures no single engineer is overwhelmed with training duties. Given that we have a small set of senior engineers with the requisite expertise in this area, closer partnerships between consultants and ISOs/RTOs may be required to help address this training gap.
pv magazine: How far does an EE bachelor’s degree with a software engineering focus get you?
Chilukuri: Expertise in software engineering is helpful for developing automation scripts but we find it is more useful for graduates to focus on developing the fundamental knowledge of planning and operating power systems, and building skills in Python coding through online training.
pv magazine: What job experience would a person with the relevant education need to develop expertise in interconnection studies?
Chilukuri: Any job that allows the graduate to learn a mixture of power system planning concepts, exposure to classical planning tools and electromagnetic transient (EMT) analysis tools, knowledge of renewable energy technologies and their control systems, and ultimately knowledge of the various ISO/RTO systems, processes, and procedures.
pv magazine: Are there enough opportunities for individuals with the relevant education to develop further expertise in this area?
Chilukuri: We don’t have a finishing school per se (editor’s note: engineering finishing schools are common in India) to develop the deep expertise required, other than on-the-job training. As indicated earlier, this puts some strain on senior engineering staff that need to do their day job as well as provide training and mentoring.
Regional differences in terms of how the systems operate as well as different approaches to interconnection studies and methods makes it difficult to be an expert in many different areas at once. Expertise gained is specific, and it takes time to develop expertise to span a larger footprint.
pv magazine: Is there any way to facilitate interconnection study analyses?
Chilukuri: Perhaps a finishing school (six months long or so) may be able to take graduates with a master’s degree and help them develop sufficient expertise so that any training needed on the job is around nuanced knowledge of the specific system.
pv magazine: Are we graduating enough electrical engineers with a power engineering focus?
Chilukuri: We aren’t graduating enough power-focused EEs to compete within our own industry (transmission, distribution, generation, markets, etc.) and to adequately supply interconnection teams. Not everyone wants to specialize in work related to interconnection studies, and traditional employers such as ISOs/RTOs, utilities and specialist consultancies are now starting to compete with large tech firms that are building internal teams. The compensation differences between traditional employers and these tech firms makes it difficult to retain senior talent, placing more strain on an already strained staffing situation.
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The PetroTech technical-training program is designed to help fast-track a new career or expand your current career in the state's largest industry and it is now being offered free thanks to funding from the people of Oklahoma Oil & Natural Gas. The program will start Fall 2022 and is available through Francis Tuttle and Tulsa Tech. The full certification takes ten to twelve months to complete.
The PetroTech program has new and existing classes that will provide skills identified as the most in-demand by industry experts. New mini-certifications as well as individual courses are also available for industry professionals looking to hone or expand their skills. Mini-certifications include Data Analyst Certification, Land Tech Certification, Geology Tech Certification and Engineering Tech Certification.
"Oklahoma's oil and natural gas industry is hiring," said OERB Executive Director Mindy Stitt. "It is a great time to gain valuable skills necessary to get a career in our state's largest industry and be a part of producing the American-made resources that fuel our modern world."
To learn more about more our classes and apply for the free PetroTech full certification, visit OERB.com/education/petrotech. Limited spots available and applications are due by August 19th.
The OERB is funded by the more than 2,500 producers and thousands of royalty owners across Oklahoma through a voluntary one-tenth of 1 percent assessment on oil and natural gas production. The mission is centered around a simple idea: empowering unlimited opportunity for all Oklahomans. We are committed to the wellbeing and prosperity of all.
To learn more about the investment that the people of Oklahoma Oil & Natural Gas are making in our state, visit OERB.com or follow the OERB on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 9, 2022 — Kyligence announced today it has completed System and Organization Controls (SOC) 2 Type II certification, ensuring the company’s internal processes and controls for data security are in compliance with American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) standards. Kyligence completed SOC 2 Type I in 2021. The audit was performed by Ernst & Young, a third-party auditing office.
SOC is an independent audit report formulated by the AICPA to document how a company safeguards customer data, and how effective its controls are. SOC reports are recognized across the globe as among the most stringent and professional data security certifications, serving as an important reference for enterprises to assess different service providers.
Kyligence is dedicated to building the next-generation intelligent Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) platform, simplifying multidimensional data analytics on data lakes. Kyligence Cloud fully leverages the low cost, high scalability, and easy-to-operate capabilities of cloud computing, enabling enterprises and organizations to develop flexible and innovative big data analysis applications on data lakes. With Kyligence Cloud, users can quickly uncover insight from data and make informed decisions with an optimized total cost of ownership (TCO).
“Security compliance is a key principle in Kyligence’s product design,” said Luke Han, CEO of Kyligence. “In our efforts to continuously Boost data protection, network security, authentication, and authorization, Kyligence Cloud has successfully built an end-to-end security compliance architecture that provides an all-inclusive, multilayer corporate-level security system to protect our users’ data analysis and management on the cloud. Kyligence is dedicated to safeguarding customer applications with our reliable enterprise products, all-around customer success service, and constant technology innovation.”
In addition to SOC 2 Types I and II, Kyligence has completed a wide range of compliance certifications, including ISO9001 and ISO27001.
Kyligence was founded in 2016 by the original creators of Apache Kylin, the leading open source OLAP for Big Data. Kyligence offers an Intelligent OLAP Platform to simplify multi-dimensional analytics for the cloud data lake. Its AI-augmented engine detects patterns from most frequently asked business queries, builds governed data marts automatically, and brings metrics accountability to the data lake to optimize the data pipeline and avoid excessive numbers of tables. It provides a unified SQL interface between cloud object stores, cubes, indexes, and underlying data sources with a cost-based smart query router for business intelligence, ad-hoc analytics, and data services at petabyte scale.
The Society of Collision Repair certified (SCRS) and KECO Body Repair Products have announced the recipients of a tool and training package to two collision industry educational institutions — an exciting decision for future repairers that exceeds the initial plan to only provide one school with the package.
College of Lake County – Grayslake Campus (CLC)’s Automotive Collision Repair program and City College, Montana State University Billings’ Collision Repair & Refinishing Technology program were each awarded a KECO Level 2 Glue Pull Repair System + On-Location Training. Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Illinois (AASP-IL) Executive Director Julie Lombardo nominated the College of Lake County program. Montana Collision Repair Association (MCRA) Executive Director Mariah Litton nominated the MSU Billings program.
When KECO President Chris White announced the programs he picked during the July 2022 SCRS open board meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania he said he was impressed by the high caliber of submissions.
“All of the submissions were compelling,” White said. “I wanted to choose a large market and a small market.”
The $6,000 tool and training package will be given away to an institution every quarter. Schools are nominated by SCRS Affiliate Associations who were encouraged to nominate schools in their market that are delivering valuable programs for their members through an online submission process and selected by KECO, according to an SCRS news release.
The objective of the program is to help provide back to the industry and connect schools and future technicians with associations and collision repair centers. The on-location training at the selected schools is open to association members as space permits.
KECO has also decided to offer a 30% discount on the system for all educational institutions.
CLC’s first collision repair course was delivered in the fall of 1977, “Auto Body Repair 1,” under the Auto Body Repair (ABR) program. By the fall of 2008, the program offered a two-year associate degree program and four specialty certificates with Octavio Cavazos taking the helm as the first full-time instructor to lead the program.
By 2010, the ABR program course offerings expanded to include the delivery of both day and night course schedules and, in 2013, the program shifted to “Automotive Collision Repair Technology (ACR)” with an updated course lineup. The ACR program curriculum includes I-CAR curriculum, manufacturer-specific repair procedures, and follows the NATEF Collision Repair Tasks for all areas of collision repair.
“The ACR program is constantly improving,” Lombardo said in the release. She said the latest technologies included in the curriculum are detailing out water-borne refinishing, aluminum panel repair processes and aluminum welding as well as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) training.
“We moved away from stud pulling many years ago because it wasn’t the proper procedure for today’s advanced vehicles,” Cavazos said in the release. She now serves as the department chair in addition to being an instructor.
“We haven’t had a proper repair procedure for dent pulling since moving away. After researching, we discovered glue pulling is now the viable repair method. In order to safely teach dent repair to our students, we decided this was the method we would go with. In implementing this into the curriculum, we selected KECO’s system because it was versatile and best equipped to deliver dent pulling at an educational facility. With KECO equipment, we can introduce, instruct, and master the skill in a short period of time.
“The fact that our training program has also been selected in return by KECO only proves that it is as innovative and advanced as we strive to achieve. Besides being chosen, the training we are receiving from them is an opportunity that is truly priceless. Long after that day, the impact of this training will be felt. As our students begin their careers, they will have the opportunity to take this hands-on manufacturing training into the industry, and our instructors will be able to teach it to the next generation of students for years to come.”
There are two other full-time program instructors – David Garcia and Donald Myers – who are now supported by five adjuncts that come from various backgrounds in the collision repair industry.
“AASP-I is committed to the cutting-edge technological advancement of the collision repair industry,” AASP-I President Bob Gottfred said in the release. “The synergies represented in introducing the KECO Advanced Glue Pulling System at the College of Lake County are emblematic. Merging high-end technical training at the college level prepares graduating students with the knowledge to hit the ground running in their careers. It is a win-win for shop owners and apprentices as well. Helping to provide training and career paths for new dedicated, quality collision repair technicians is a paramount priority of AASP-I. We are delighted to know that SCRS and KECO are providing the framework for this, and to work with the fantastic team at CoLC to advance our common goals.”
In the fall of 2020, the ACR program launched its apprenticeship program in partnership with Collision Engineering.
The nomination from MCRA for MSU Billings stood out to White because its Collision Repair & Refinishing Technology program is the only remaining collision repair program in Montana.
“Mr. Steve Wodrich has worked extremely hard to cultivate a program that creates top-notch collision repair professionals,” Litton said in the release. “This requires immense efforts on his part. Steve works tirelessly to not only recruit new students to the program but to help his current students excel. Steve is constantly meeting with Collision Repair Facility owners and managers to discuss the structure of his program. He works relentlessly to make sure his program is top-notch. This, in part, requires Steve to rely on the generosity of donors to help provide funding and equipment. When Steve is lacking funding or equipment, he makes up for it by providing the highest caliber educational experience possible.”
Litton described Wodrich as being “diligent” about connecting and working with the MCRA to ensure his students are trained to meet the needs of any collision repair facility they work at after graduating from his program.
“Mr. Wodrich’s dedication to teaching his students how to be masters of their craft is clear in their success within the industry and at Skills USA. Collision Repair facility owners and manners are constantly singing Steve’s praises. Saying that his students are well prepared, professional, and well versed on the importance of following OEM guidelines. Steve makes a point of engraining the need to perform safe and proper repairs for all his students.”
Litton added that in addition to being excellent candidates for employment – with a focus on safe and proper repairs – students who have attended the City College MSU Billings Collision Repair & Refinishing Technology are often the top-tier competitors at Skills USA, including Dylan Miller, who claimed first in Automotive Refinishing Technologies at this year’s competition.
“Steve works extremely hard to ensure his students have access to all of the current OEM repair procedures, I-CAR training procedures, and equipment” despite having the largest budget to allocate for equipment, she said.
Wodirch thanked SCRS and KECO for choosing MSU Billings’ auto body program to receive the tools and training. “The biggest struggle I face in running this program is having enough budget to get the latest tools and training possible. If it were not for the generosity of companies like KECO I do not know how I would be able to maintain the resources needed to continue training future technicians. This will be a tremendous help to us as we move forward.”
SCRS Board Chairman Bruce Halcro SCRS, who also owns Capital Collision in Helena, Montana and is a past MCRA chairman, said he’s “beyond excited” for students in his home state.
“This is a great opportunity to have some of the latest repair technology available for students in Montana, and Chris and his team at KECO are doing a great service to the collision industry in making their equipment available to the students preparing for a future in our industry. I’m grateful we can be a part of it at SCRS, and I’m really excited for Steve and his school. Great job to Mariah for the thoughtful nomination of City College.”
The KECO Level 2 GPR System is a complete solution from rough out to finish in dent repair, according to the release. The system works equally well on both steel and aluminum panels. The surface area and variety of shapes in the pulling tabs create the “least invasive and most efficient” dent repair possible today while also not creating collateral damage during repairs.
The system allows large dents to be efficiently reduced to a ready-for-glaze state and small hail-type dents to be brought to a filler-less level and ready for paint.
The KECO 6C Process is the foundation for the one-day training course that will enable students to become effective GPR technicians, the release states. The KECO metal manipulation theory is rooted in the concept of creating metal flow through efficient movement of low areas and the simultaneous reduction of high areas of the dent. The in-classroom theory will be proven hands-on in the shop immediately following the classroom presentation.
The next school(s) selected will be announced by SCRS during the 2022 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
For more information about SCRS, or to join as a member, visit scrs.com, call 1-877-841-0660, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Featured image: The Society of Collision Repair certified logo over its SEMA 2017 booth. (John Huetter)
(Left to right) KECO President Chris White, SCRS Chairman Bruce Halcro, and SCRS Executive Director Aaron Schulenburg during the board’s July 20 open meeting.
Slide detailing KECO’s Level 2 Glue Pull Repair System provided for use by SCRS.