Turning college students into automation engineers

Are we making it too difficult for students to receive a four-year degree in automation engineering?

By Ed Diehl, Concept Systems, Inc.

If Americans want to strengthen our manufacturing base, we need more engineering graduates who are focused on automation. Many schools have degrees that touch on the needs of manufacturing, but they don't really do a deep dive into automation.

From my experience, many members of the higher education establishment view automation as an associate's degree, technician-level program. They are underestimating the complexity of designing and integrating automated systems on a plant-wide basis. Automation is more than just programming or electrical engineering or mechanical engineering. It is all of these and more.

To learn more about automation degrees, read “When will we see more four-year U.S. degrees in automation engineering?” from Control Global.

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