Friday 13 August 2010

Improving the automation curriculum

The petroleum refining and chemical manufacturing industries throughout the US, and indeed throughout the world, have a quantifiable need for analyser technicians to monitor, maintain, repair and install sampling and process analysis equipment.

To meet this challenge, Lee College (TX US) and San Jacinto College (CA US) joined forces in 2008 to create the Analyser Technician Opportunities Project (ATOP) curriculum funded through a US National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. The first analyser education program offered by a college in that country, the ATOP program engages students in the study of analytical instruments, emphasizing their use in safety, product analysis, product quality, and environmental monitoring and control.

Completers of the program will add their expertise to the technology base that assures local, regional, and national petrochemical, food and beverage, pulp and paper, and energy industries, among others, remain competitive and robust.

Supported by the International Society of Automation (ISA) and scheduled to coincide with Automation Week Technology and Solutions Event (#ISAwk) is the Automation Technology Education Summit to be held Westin Galleria - Houston, (TX US) Thursday, October 7, 2010 1:00 to 5:00PM)

Educators and industrial advisors from the automation industry will share ideas and valuable resources that can unify and improve automation curriculums throughout the USA.

In addition to the core automation technologies, they will explore several specialized automation disciplines and technologies including:
  • Fieldbus
  • Wireless
  • Analytical Instrumentation
  • Variable Speed Drives
  • Mechatronics
The Summit aims to the perfect platform to exchange ideas, best practices, and networking for sustainable automation technology programs.

There is no fee for attendance at the summit and participants my register here on the Automation Week site.
"Let’s create a concrete path forward for automation curriculums. And while you are in town, make plans to attend the Automation Career Day at Lee College on Friday, October 8. This event provides an opportunity for students to learn and gather information about careers in automation through a mini career fair including education and industry exhibits."

No comments:

Post a Comment