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At a recent AEA International Convention & Trade Show, AEA President Paula Derks asked member companies the following
question: What's working for you? Derks challenged AEA members to share their success stories, best practices and ideas
that are working for their respective companies. This article is part of a series that highlights how AEA member companies
recognized challenging economic circumstances, and how they responded and overcame them.

What's

Working?

Business initiatives that are elevating companies to success
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Azimuth Aerospace Solutions
offers computer-based training
and CES trainer repair services
Pennsylvania College
of Technology aviation
students, Charese Hill
and Mathew Faninger,
wire the KV920.

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challenge for educators who teach electricity is to find
ways for students to learn without causing damage to
equipment or themselves. Teachers cannot simply give students a power
supply, meter, wires and components because there are too many risks.
It's too easy for a student to wire up a short circuit, connect an ammeter
in parallel with a load, make a reverse polarity connection or make many
other novice mistakes. Learning to troubleshoot also is difficult without
outside circumstances carefully controlled.
The solution is to use a training device that provides protection against
shorts; hopefully, something more sophisticated than a fuse. It also should
have protection against short circuits or reverse polarity connections.
Training devices can be partially wired from the factory, which allows
students to focus on circuit behavior.
Schools and educators have three basic choices. One choice is to use
breadboards, which are inexpensive but tend to work better for electronics engineering students. A second choice is to build a training aid. As an
educator, I have constructed or supervised construction of several. Most
teachers would agree; we don't have the time to spend constructing sophisticated training aids. The third, purchasing a training aid often is the
preferred choice of those teaching basic electricity.
The Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, uses CES500, CES651 and CES702 trainers, and Azimuth Aerospace
Solutions designs and develops both classroom and computer-based training using an innovative approach to give students a new experience in
learning.
In the spring of 2016, Azimuth Aerospace Solutions of Rockford,
Michigan, acquired training equipment manufacturer CES Industries Inc.



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