Former Los Angeles gangsters seeking to reenter the workforce are trading in their gang colors for a new hue: Green. By training to become photovoltaic (PV) panel installers, these ex-gang members are joining the Green Economy and capitalizing on the influx of government funds for renewable energy projects intended to stimulate business and strengthen the green technology sector of the US economy.
Homeboy Industries, a LA-based nonprofit that helps former criminals find employment is collaborating with the East Los Angeles Skills Center (ELASC) to funnel ex-cons into courses that teach design, construction, and installation of PV panels. According to the relevant ELASC online course description, this 100 hour class introduces solar electrical theory, PV safety, basic load analysis, system sizing, and components and hardware among other lessons.
According to a Homeboy Industries press release entitled, “A New Gang Comes to Los Angeles: Solar-Panel Installers,” many course graduates are already working, earning about $15 an hour with hourly wage prospects up to $30 an hour for experienced installers. One of the companies employing reformed gang members to install PV is LA-based Phat Energy, which constructs PV as well as solar hot water, solar pool heating, and solar ventilation installations for residential and commercial customers.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.