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...
Infographic: Tune Your (LinkedIn) Loop

Infographic: Tune Your (LinkedIn) Loop

This post is authored by Joel Don, ISA’s community manager. Connect with Joel at LinkedIn.  Survey after survey of industrial engineers confirms LinkedIn is the social media platform of choice. According to IEEE Engineering360, more than 65 percent of engineers...
What’s It Like to Work Today as an Industrial Engineer?

What’s It Like to Work Today as an Industrial Engineer?

This post is authored by Joel Don, ISA’s community manager. Connect with Joel at LinkedIn. Here’s the bottom-line about careers in industrial automation, engineering and manufacturing technology: relatively stable employment, avenues for professional...
Increasing Diversity in the Automation Profession

Increasing Diversity in the Automation Profession

This guest post was authored by Michael Marlowe, managing director/director of government relations for the Automation Federation. There have been many articles written on how and why we should increase the number of individuals from minority groups in the field of...

How to Achieve Success in Your Automation Career

This excerpt is from the November/December 2014 issue of InTech magazine and was written by Dean Ford, CAP, serves the professionals of Westin Engineering, Inc., as vice president of North American engineering. From primary education through graduate learning,...
Portrait of the Automation Engineer as a Young Professional

Portrait of the Automation Engineer as a Young Professional

This post was adapted from an article published in the new edition of InTech Plus, ISA’s mobile magazine app for Apple and Android tablets. The article was written by Jim Garrison, PE, CAP, CFSE, senior specialist with aeSolutions in Greenville, S.C., and VP-Elect for...

Training Effectiveness: The Importance of a Personal Touch

This guest post is authored by Christy Sirianni, workforce optimization manager for MAVERICK Technologies.  Training and learning new skills are topics that employees often communicate as things they want more of from their employers. Unfortunately, those are very...
Becoming an Automation Professional: Network, Educate, Innovate

Becoming an Automation Professional: Network, Educate, Innovate

This post was written by Anton Netcheav, a research computer scientist at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center.   I moved with my family to America from Russia in the early 2000s. Upon entering college in 2003, I had a fairly good idea of what I...
Career Choices on the Road to Becoming an Automation Professional

Career Choices on the Road to Becoming an Automation Professional

This post was written by Bill Lydon, InTech magazine’s chief editor.   The road to becoming an automation professional often starts as a career choice and then becomes a lifelong profession. Automation professionals are important contributors to the economy...
Developing a Career Pathway for a Mission-Critical Workforce

Developing a Career Pathway for a Mission-Critical Workforce

This article was authored by Mitchell Sepaugh, who has worked as an OEM control systems integrator and a program leader at Cleveland Community College.   Technology advances have allowed us to expand our horizons and create complex systems to automate the...
Career Advice for Someone Beginning an Engineering Education

Career Advice for Someone Beginning an Engineering Education

This post was written by Bill R. Hollifield, an industry veteran, ISA committee member and author of books on alarm management and HMI. I have had a typical 37-year engineering career that I have thoroughly enjoyed, split between project engineering, production,...
How to Build Communications Skills as an Engineer

How to Build Communications Skills as an Engineer

The following tip is from the ISA book by Greg McMillan and Hunter Vegas titled 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career, inspired by the ISA Mentor Program. This is Tip #40. Consider the stereotype of the engineer. He (or she) is shy, socially inept, and rarely...
Consider Intangible Costs When Calculating an Industrial Project

Consider Intangible Costs When Calculating an Industrial Project

The following tip is from the ISA book by Greg McMillan and Hunter Vegas titled 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career, inspired by the ISA Mentor Program. This is Tip #42, and was written by Hunter. If you are the optimistic sort who always sees the good in your...

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