Tech Tidbits From Around NH
ApprenticeshipNH adds biomedical tech sector … and more
Making Matters NH, which operates an 8,500-square-foot makerspace in Penacook, has been awarded $105,000 in tax credits from the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority. Making Matters, which is working to create a makerspace in Concord, will use the funds to purchase such equipment as CNC machines, a plasma cutter, welding equipment, an embroidery machine and a long-arm quilter.
The ApprenticeshipNHprogram is adding biomedical technology and automotive technology as the newest sectors it serves through its Registered Apprenticeship program. Under the program, individuals interested in pursuing careers related to automotive and biomedical technology “earn-while-you-learn” through a combination of classroom instruction with one of the state’s seven community colleges and receive on-the-job training with a workforce partner who hires the apprentice.
Emily Zeien, grant manager for ApprenticeshipNH, said the addition of “two more critical sectors of the workforce” are “growth areas for our economy and offer career advancement opportunities and good incomes.’
Both sectors offer starting salaries that are more than double New Hampshire’s minimum wage, she said. The median hourly wage for automotive technicians is $20.70. The average entry hourly wage for biomedical technicians is $17.81, with a median wage of $24.23. she said, adding that the industry has a projected growth rate through 2026 of 10.7% annually.
Nashua-based Microdesk, a provider of business and technology services for the design and construction industry, has released BIMrx Fabrication and BIMrx MEP as well as updates to BIMrx Core, building information modeling solutions that it says allow architects, engineers and contractors to streamline workflows and maximize efficiency using Autodesk Revit.
Comcast says it will extend free access to its 1.5 million public Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots to anyone who needs them, including non-customers, through the end of 2020. The company also recently announced that it has extended an offer for 60 days of free home internet access for new eligible Internet Essentials customers, to help provide additional support to students and families through the end of the year.