Submitted by waltboyes on Wed, 10/29/2008 - 13:32
I just received a press release from IEEE, calling itself "the driving force behind changing the perception of math and science-based careers." Funny, because I just spent two days at ISA with Executive Director Pat Gouhin and Automation Federation Chairman Steve Huffman, and they are "the global voice of...
Submitted by waltboyes on Thu, 10/23/2008 - 15:44
Apparently, the Automation Federation met with some people from the US Department of Labor on October 15 at the ISA show to develop a model of workforce competencies for the automation industries. The press release is printed below.
Submitted by waltboyes on Thu, 08/07/2008 - 11:14
I've written recently how well developed primary and middle school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) curricula have become in the 15 years or so since Tufts University and others have been working on developing them. Here is another example of tool sets that are available to take automation education into...
Submitted by waltboyes on Thu, 07/24/2008 - 18:32
As I was moderating the session on Workforce Development here at the Siemens Automation Summit, I had a thought. Dangerous, I know, but still. So I challenged everyone on the panel and in the audience to do one simple thing.
Category: engineering education National Instruments FIRST robotics Workforce development LEGO League
Submitted by waltboyes on Thu, 04/17/2008 - 13:32
In another of our regular features on "doing well out of doing good." National Instruments and FIRST Robotics have done the expected (at least by me, anyway). With National Instruments' flagship, Labview, as the engine for the Lego Mindstorm robots that are the precursor to FIRST Robotics (younger kids do...
Submitted by waltboyes on Sun, 04/06/2008 - 16:56
When Jeff Owens, ATS president, and Doug Frank, the director of service center operations, were giving me the introductory slideshow and the tour, the subject of hiring from the military came up. With the number of people ATS needs, Owens said, "we hire from the military all the time.
Submitted by waltboyes on Sun, 04/06/2008 - 16:07
After the tour of ATS's repair facilities... Do you need a Modicon 984 repaired? They can do it, up to and including remanufacturing circuit boards that aren't available anymore. I think they can fix just about any control or automation product anywhere.
Submitted by waltboyes on Sun, 04/06/2008 - 14:58
"We're not consultants. We're doers," said Jeff Owens, president of Advanced Technology Services Inc., when I met with him in his office in Peoria, Ill. Advanced Technology Services is a spinoff of Caterpillar, Inc. They provide contract maintenance and depot repair service for many of the manufacturing companies in the...