Pima Community College opens new auto tech center to meet high demand for technicians

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Pima Community College unveiled its new automotive tech center in downtown Tucson with a goal to help meet high demand for skilled technicians in the industry, including Arizona’s growing electric and autonomous vehicle manufacturing sector. 

The opening of the Automotive Technology and Innovation Center is just the start of a major effort by the district to expand technical training to produce tech workers in other fields and stimulate the local economy. 

Lee Lambert

It’s also the realization of a long sought-after goal for Chancellor Lee Lambert, who came to the district in 2013. 

“I think there’s many of you in this community, I know especially the dealers and all the other automotive folks, you’ve been waiting for this moment,” Lambert said at the recent ribbon cutting for the center. 

Programs in diesel, electric and autonomous vehicles 

Located at the school’s downtown Tucson campus, the two-story, 50,000 square feet center will support programs in diesel, electric and autonomous vehicles and increase training for specific brands such as Ford, Fiat-Chrysler and Subaru. 

Students can study engine diagnosis and repair, electrical fundamentals, steering, alignment, brakes and other programs. 

Education paying off for grads 

Automotive technicians who complete a two-year Automotive Technology Associate degree earn over 20 percent more, on average, than a technician without a degree, college officials said. An automotive technology degree also is a step towards other careers in the field, whether as a dealership manager, mechanic, salesperson or specialist focused on improving the future of automotive technology, school officials said.

Technicians in Arizona are earning an average $22.41 per hour, about 8 percent higher than the national average, according to employment website Indeed.  

Severe auto tech shortage 

There are plenty of positions available for grads. By 2024, the industry is projected to be short by approximately 642,000 automotive, diesel, and collision technicians, according to a report issued by the Phoenix-based TechForce Foundation last year.

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Google Pixel phones first to meet the Common Criteria’s MDF protection profile on Android 11

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Google Pixel smartphones may lack in terms of the overall hardware besides their cameras, but the fastest software updates make them immensely desirable. Pixel devices not only get the best Android features before others, but they also get top-notch security with monthly security updates. In addition to these updates, the dedicated Titan M security chip is claimed to offer enterprise-grade privacy protection. Now, the Pixel devices running Android 11 are also the first to meet Common Criteria’s MDF security standards.

Mobile Device Fundamentals (MDF) Protection Profile by Common Criteria outlines guidelines that IT companies across 31 countries around the world must follow. These guidelines ensure the enterprise user data is safeguarded by “strongest possible protections,” Google notes in a blog post. This certification allows Google to endorse its Pixel devices running Android 11 — i.e., Pixel 3 and above — which are the best-suited devices for corporate users with a lot of sensitive data to protect.

What makes Common Criteria’s MDF guidelines even more convincing is that the evaluation is performed in a lab where experts test a device’s resilience against various “real-world threats facing both consumers and businesses.” The tests are performed to warrant “every mitigation works as advertised.” To verify the mitigations in case of different threats on Pixel devices, the lab evaluates the function of:

  • Protected Communications – to ensure traffic across all communications and networks, including Wi-Fi, are encrypted.
  • Protected Storage – to ensure storage encryption and tamper-proof mechanisms such as the Titan M chip.
  • Authorization and Authentication – to check against spoofing and false acceptance
  • Mobile Device Integrity – to verify Android’s implementation of Verified Boot, Google Play System Updates, and Seamless OS Updates.
  • Auditability – for users to reports or IT admins to check for events such as device start-up and shutdown, data encryption, data decryption, and key management.
  • Mobile Device Configuration – for enterprise admins to enforce Android Enterprise’s security policies for the camera, location, or app installation.

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When a hacker tried to poison Tampa-area city’s water with lye (sodium hydroxide) last week, the US public was exposed to an unfortunate reality of interconnectivity. Upon breaking through a vulnerable remote access point, a hacker was able to remotely increase the level of lye in the city’s drinking water from 100 parts per million to 11,100 parts per million — 100 times its normal rate. By chance, a plant operator in Oldsmar, Florida recognized the breech by the hacker who leveraged similar capabilities of a plant manager or supervisor. What would have happened if the plant operator did not catch the change? What could have prevented this from happening in the first place? What if this happened at a pharmaceutical or biotechnology company creating life-saving products, or a power plant keeping city lights and security systems activated? In the last week, the public was simply exposed to a harsh reality: there are bad actors in the world who are looking to cause harm to innocent people, and it is essential to have the right safety measures in place. As a record number of companies and governmental organizations embark on digital transformation journeys to embrace Industry 4.0, they are leveraging Dragos for industrial strength cybersecurity.

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Signal offered easy communication and secure, total anonymity. With the new funding, it wouldn’t need to cave to commercial interests and sell ads, something Acton hated about Facebook. Grandly, he envisioned Signal making “private communication accessible and ubiquitous,” he told Forbes in 2018, and the app has largely lived up to his expectations. It is especially valued among journalists and activists like the ones who planned the Black Lives Matter protests. But in an ironic twist, the app is poised to become a new digital haven for conservatives—just as Facebook before it. These right-wing users are drawn to it for the same reasons BLM organizers liked it: It offers the ability to plan and communicate en masse without worrying about the app exerting content-moderation policies or aiding authorities pursuing charges against them. Signal doesn’t appear to have any such policies and doesn’t have access to users’ messages, theoretically making it impossible to cooperate with a police investigation.

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