Jim Cahill posted an interesting question today on Twitter from a Jeremy Salmon, a BYU student.   He wanted to know:

I reached out to some folks in the Automation Federation (AF) who have been working on standardizing Automation-type curriculum to universities, colleges, and high schools.  They created the Automation Competency Model to help shape how courses are developed to ensure that engineers get well rounded training in all areas for process automation and handling control systems.

Instead of trying to squeeze my response down in a few tweets, I pulled together some of the answers here, and hopefully if anyone has anything to add, please feel free to do so.

Michael Marlowe, Managing Director of AF, shared that Fairfield University now offers a Manufacturing Automation Engineering program.

Gerry Cockrell, Professor Emeritus, Indiana State University and former ISA President noted:

The number of programs that offer some level of control systems content are quite numerous. The problem is in finding the correct terms that each institution may use to describe that program. You will find four year programs in controls at Oklahoma State University, Indiana State University, Fairfield University, and others. Keywords to search for include: automation, control engineering, mechatronics, instrumentation and control, and systems engineering.

Also, Jim Cahill provided a thread on the Emerson 365 Exchange which identified some resources in the Delta V community, along with some self study options.  ISA has a plethora of publications in this area as well.

Any other thoughts/direction for Jeremy or anyone looking for this type of information?



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