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Resource guide: Developing the workforce

Sept. 24, 2019
Control's monthly guide brings you invaluable industry information to stay up to date on the latest trends and developments.

BCIT intro video

This two-minute video, "Industrial Instrumentation and Process Control Technician," shows how students at the
British Columbia Institute of Technology's (BCIT) Industrial Instrumentation and Process Control Technician program learn how to apply, install, repair, calibrate and tune measurement and control instruments used in industrial manufacturing processes. They also learn to program computerized controls, PLCs and microprocessor instrumentation, and install and maintain all of the field instruments that these computerized controllers rely on. 

British Columbia Institute of Technology

Transparent jobs website

Used by many technical professionals, Glassdoor reports it's built on the foundation of increasing workplace transparency, Glassdoor offers millions of the latest job listings, combined with a growing database of company reviews, CEO approval ratings, salary reports, interview reviews and questions, benefits reviews, office photos and more. Unlike other job sites, all of this information is shared by those who know a company best—the employees. In addition, job seekers on Glassdoor are able to be well-researched and more informed about the jobs and companies they apply to and consider joining.


Online training library

This Internet-based library, "Online Training Courses—Automation, Process Control & Instrumentation," includes links to may training course in the process industries. Some topics include computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS), alarm management, cybersecurity, and process and advanced control.


Instrument, process tech videos

These two five-minute videos, "My life as an instrument technician" and "My life as a process technician," show how staffers in the Houston area were introduced to process control, and gained an education and employment in the field. They cover many best practices that others can use to recruit and develop new personnel. 

UpSkill Houston

Room design cuts turnover

This short, online article, "How to reduce shift work employee turnover—tips from a 24/7 control room designer" by ABB, shows how better control room design and ergonomics can help make staffers happier and increase retention. 


Blog post on retention

The blog post/article, "Employee Retention," by Kristy Fitch, candidate sourcing manager at AutomationTechies, covers the many reasons why employees stay where they are, including pay and benefits, flexible work-life balance, challenging tasks, opportunities to advance, employee engagement, appreciation and recognition, positive work environment and trust. It has many recommendations that others can use. 


IBEW instrumentation video

A six-minute video, "IBEW hour power—instrumentation," is part of the union's video magazine. The entry focuses on the return of the industrial construction market, reports that more work is on the way in power plants, chemical plants and refineries, and adds that IBEW's members are gearing up to do the construction and instrumentation in these facilities. 

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

Big job/hiring site

Reported to be the biggest job site in the world, Indeed.com reports that it has more than 250 million unique visitors per month. It adds that it strives to put job seekers first, giving them free access to search for jobs, post resumes, and research companies. It also has career guides, blogs, hiring labs, related products and many other resources for finding new opportunities.


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