What Is Arctic Engineering? Protecting Infrastructure From Climate Change


Temperatures in the Arctic are rising twice as fast as any other place on the planet. That is the challenge currently facing arctic engineers, the frozen ground specialists charged with maintaining and expanding regional infrastructure. It’s a big challenge for a young discipline. Arctic engineering has only been recognized as its own discipline since the creation of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System in the 1970s. Now, the big thaw threatens roads, bridges, and buildings. Who ya gonna call?

Hannele Zubeck, professor of engineering at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, would be a pretty good person to start with. She has been working in cold regions engineering since 1985 and is Vice President of the International Association for Cold Regions Development Studies. She’s passionate about teaching the next generation of arctic engineers, who will be tasked with preserving and building in one of the most rapidly changing regions in the world.

Read the entire article here.

Source: What Is Arctic Engineering? Protecting Infrastructure From Climate Change | Inverse

Workforce Wednesday: Career training for high school students

Getting job experience while in high school or on summer break can payoff when you graduate. It has for 18-year-old Jacob Wood who joined Daybreak Wednesday to talk about his new career as an apprentice electrician.

Wood said it wouldn’t have been possible without his hard work and planning throughout high school. He took on-the-job training classes at King Career Center before getting an entry level job at Hotwire Electric. The local labor union, IBEW, chose him for an apprenticeship right out of high school because of his work ethic.

Businesses Hiring

  • NANA Management Services
  • Brown’s Electric
  • Graybar

Estimated Pay Range

  • Entry level: $10 – $12 per hour
  • Mid-range: $15 – $20 per hour
  • Apprentice: $40 – $55 per hour

APICC Outreach Coordinator

  • Martha Peck
    (907) 770-5250
    Martha@apicc.org

For more information on employment and training, click here.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Career training for high school students | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11

Trident’s Akutan Pollock Processing Plant to be Featured on Science Channel this Week


Trident Seafoods’ seafood processing facility in Akutan will be featured on television this week during an episode of the Science Channel’s “Alaska Mega Machines” program. The television show will feature Trident’s pollock processing plant in Akutan where it produces IQF Fillets, frozen Fillet Blocks and Surimi.

“We were honored to showcase the operation and the people that keep this facility processing millions of pounds of seafood day-in and day-out,” said John Salle, Trident’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Innovation.

The episode will premiere this Wednesday, May 25 at 10 pm EST (7 PST). For Comcast customers in Seattle, the Science Channel is #272. Other viewers are asked to check their local listings.

Source: Tridents Akutan Pollock Processing Plant to be Featured on Science Channel this Week – Seafood.com

UAS Tech Prep Films Win Telly Award

JUNEAU — Juneau-based G-Force Productions Digital Cinema has been named a winner at the 27th annual Telly Awards for their series “UAS Tech Prep.”

Competing with more than 13,000 entries from the U.S. and other countries at the Telly Awards, “UAS Tech Prep”won in category “Online video series & campaign — promotional.”

The three films that make up “UAS Tech Prep” featured UAS students, teachers and officials from Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka as well as high school students in Ketchikan, Sitka and Wrangell, and state officials such as Rep. Cathy Muñoz, R-Juneau, and Gov. Bill Walker.

The Telly Awards were founded in 1979 and are the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, online commercials, videos and films.

“The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said Executive Director Linda Day. “G-Force Production’s accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.”

“One of the biggest reasons this series won an award was the amazing people at UAS,” said Gabe Strong, the owner and operator of G-Force Production who filmed and edited the series. “From the very beginning, Kim Szczatko, Pete Traxler and the Tech Prep department had a very strong vision about how they wanted the films to look. Juneau and the rest of Southeast Alaska should be proud to have such a great university with fantastic, talented people right here in Southeast Alaska. And the high school students in Wrangell deserve a special shout out. They volunteered and jumped right into acting in the ‘dramatization’ scenes and did an amazing job.”

To find out more about the Telly Awards visit www.tellyawards.com and to find out more about G-Force Productions visit www.gforcevideo.com.

Source: CapitalCityWeekly.com – Southeast Alaska’s Online Newspaper

Wages for Anchorage/Mat-Su Area

Research and Analysis at the State of Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development recently published wages for the Anchorage/Mat-Su area.

The wage data are grouped into 21 occupational groupings. Click on the following group title to go to those occupations.

Source: State of Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development – Research and Analysis