The Challenges of Attracting Millennials to Industrial Careers

The Challenges of Attracting Millennials to Industrial Careers

This article was written by Peter G. Martin, Ph.D., vice president, business value solutions, Schneider Electric.   There has been considerable discussion of late about the mass retirements of baby boomers from the industrial workforce and the lack of appropriate...
You Have a Voice in Helping to Shape ISA’s Future

You Have a Voice in Helping to Shape ISA’s Future

This post is authored by Steven W. Pflantz, president of ISA 2017. I thank you for indulging me over my posts the last two months (here and here) on the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) organization and the FIRST Championship, which...
Shaping the Future of Our Profession and Association

Shaping the Future of Our Profession and Association

This post is authored by Steven W. Pflantz, president of ISA 2017. In a few days, an event will take place in two American cities that will play an important role in encouraging high school students to pursue careers in engineering and automation. The 2017 FIRST®...
Automation Competency Model Helps Guide Future Technical Workforce

Automation Competency Model Helps Guide Future Technical Workforce

This post was written by Stephen R. Huffman, vice president, marketing and business development, at Mead O’Brien, Inc. In 2007, the Automation Federation (AF) delegation told an audience at the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) about the people practicing...
Mission-Critical Operations: When Failure Is Not an Option

Mission-Critical Operations: When Failure Is Not an Option

This post was authored by Steve Mustard, an industrial control system and cybersecurity consultant, and author of the ISA book Mission Critical Operations Primer. The term “mission critical” applies to any activity, system, or equipment whose failure can result in the...

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