Automation suppliers in the U.K. fund a program for universities offering different modules that lead to a Masters degree in automation to help train their next generation of workers. Along with helping to establish an automation competency model, publishing a definitive Automation Body of Knowledge (Autobok) book, and defining an Automation Engineering curriculum with two- and four-year versions, ISA has the materials in hand.
association news | Highlights and Updates Executive Summit offers steps to automation success T he 2nd Annual ISA Automation experienced engineers, surviving with guru when they grow up,” said ISA Presi- Executive Summit in October gave continual over-time of employees. Uni- dent Kim Miller Dunn. “Many of those automation experts the chance to versities might ﬁnd this story compelling who traveled down this road are now ﬁnd- share their experience with executives on enough to adopt an automation program ing themselves in dire straights as markets what they see as the future of automation. to ensure high placement rates and high crash, companies go under, and in general One discussion focused on the most stra- salaries for new graduates. there is now a ﬂood of MBAs on the mar- tegic issues the automation profession will What will the automation profes- ket looking for jobs,” she said. face over the next decade or more. “We sional of the future need to know? In the manufacturing sector—those are trying to assemble a common vision The requirements of the workforce who seem to succeed often start with a and mobilize efforts to realize a brighter change quickly, and we need to be able technical degree followed by an MBA or future,” said ISA Executive Director Patrick to project competency requirements in ﬁnance degree coupled with good experi- Gouhin. He asked for attendees’ continued the future. We need to be able to link ence in sales, marketing, manufacturing, support in contributing to the vision of the these requirements back into the educa- and ﬁnance. “Having those across-the- automation profession. “Together we can tional curriculum. Corporations are losing board skills seems to lead to better op- accomplish more than any of us (or our or- trained employees at twice the rate they portunities and better leaders overall,” ganizations) can independently,” he said. can replace them. Miller Dunn said. “In today’s environ- Education and government relations The Automation Federation and ISA are ment, demonstrating a clear understand- and broadening international awareness working with the U.S. Department of Labor ing of the entire business picture trumps were among last year’s initiatives. The (DOL) to deﬁne additional skill categories pure ﬁnance knowledge.” objective of this year’s meeting was to for the automation profession. The Au- China is a good example of a country engage corporate executives in a mean- tomation Federation is looking across the that currently offers automation as a disci- ingful discussion to positively impact the entire spectrum of automation profession pline under engineering in its universities. automation profession over the next de- levels to help create a competency model. Other suggestions included targeting cade or longer. Do those in the ﬁeld get the respect universities to adopt automation pro- Participants expressed concerns and they deserve, making others aspire to grams and soliciting corporate funding. challenges ahead that will help ISA in its similar car
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