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Market analysis in automation

“All professionals in operation and maintenance should have certain competencies in automation. We have to promote competence in automation on the work floor.”
This is the opinion of a lot of production and / or maintenance managers today.

The EURIAC project has made a market analysis in order to define modern competence profiles in automation. At the end of 2011 we sent out a questionnaire to a wide range of industries. The result clearly shows that personnel’s’ knowledge in automation is of great importance.


Students in Mechatronics working on one of the identified areas of industry skills needs - PLC control service servo motors.

EURIAC has listed skills needs in automation

A first evaluation of the result showed following top priorities in the field of automation:
- Fault finding in PLC (programmable logic controller) controlled systems
- Motors, driver units and servo techniques
- General safety rules and basic safety systems
- Safety systems with active components

The branches we received answers from were:

Railway & Public Transport

8

Universities

8

Food Industry

7

Pharma & Chemicals & Petrochemicals

6

Hospitals

6

Iron & Steel & Metallurgy

6

Power and Public Management

5

Automation Business

4

Maintenance Services

3

Shipyards

2

Post Distribution

2

Pulp and Paper

2

Diagnostics

2

Consulting

1

Construction & Facility Management

1

Logistics & Packaging

1

The fast development has to be considered

The focus of the project is to relate to future needs of industry and future developments in the automation market. A well prepared market review is therefore necessary for developing and implementing the correct technical content in the planned training products. The EURIAC project team is now constructing educational units based on the result from the analysis. The units will be tested and evaluated during autumn 2012 and spring 2013.

 

For more information about the result from the market analysis please contact:

Guido Walt, Wear Management, Switzerland
Telephone: +41 21 7010513
E-mail: guido.walt@wear-management.ch

For more information about the educational units please contact:

Debbie van Iersel, Radius College,
the Netherlands
Telephone: + 31 76 573 3486
E-mail: d.vaniersel@rocwb.nl