Automation Federation completes the third review and update of the original automation competency model https://www.automation.com/files/pluginfiles/item_99740/field_376/Automation-Federation-Logo-RGB_reg.jpg
20. November 2018 - A review team of automation experts recently convened at Research Triangle Park, NC, to conduct the third critical review of the Automation Competence Model (ACM) since its inception in 2008.
The Automation Federation (AF) was founded in 2007 by the US US Department of Labor (USDOL) invited as the first industry-specific technical society to create a competency model using the National Institute of USA standards and technology (NIST) pyramid framework for advanced manufacturing.
In this third review, the USDOL representatives, as in the original and two other previous reviews, were present to facilitate relief, assume obligations and honor intentions regarding certain definitions. Team Leader Steve Huffman, AF Chairman of Government Relations and the driving force of AF behind the original creation of the model, noted that this activity was "the best assessment of this important work, thanks to the passion, the attention to detail and the respectful consideration and the different career perspectives in the way the team will judge the application of the ACM end product.
The review team consisted of Steve Pflantz, PE, AF Chair and Associate of CRB Engineers; Dean Ford, CAP, P.E., Executive Vice President, Westin Technology Solutions; Steve Mustard, CAP, P.E., AF Cybersecurity Chair and President of National Automation; Nick Sands, CAP, P.E., Manufacturing Technology Fellow at DuPont and International Society of Automation (ISA), Fellow; Paul Gruhn, P.E., 2019 ISA President, Safety Systems SME at aeSolutions, and ISA Fellow; Greg McMillan, Retired Senior Fellow in Process Control Improvement at Solutia, ISA Fellow and 2010 ISA Life Achievement Award recipient; Scott Ralls, President of the Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA); Phil Mintz, Executive Director of Industry Expansion Solutions IES, the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) for North Carolina; Michael Marlowe, former CEO of AF; and Huffman, Vice President of Marketing at Mead O & # 39; Brien, Inc., and ISA Fellow.
This group includes five professional engineers, three Certified Automation Professionals (CAP), two Technology Fellows, one PhD student, and two Senior Paedagogues and four ISA Fellows. All team members were confident that the improvements made to the ACM were in line with the latest trends in the automation industry.
The most important task is that automation professionals use this model to enhance their own capabilities and to be recognized by all, the inherent value of automation for production safety, efficiency, and capacity, and when opportunities arise, to help educational institutions to use the benefits of the model effectively as a roadmap:
- Prepare the next generation of engineers and technicians for a career in automation
- Make a better path through the formal education process.
- Create improved job descriptions.
- Better involvement of young learners at an early stage of their education.
- Connect with military veterans to bring their existing skills into the profession.  Automation increases the roles of everyone involved in production, including design, operation, and maintenance, by putting intelligence into action. Recognizing the benefits of the automation profession must begin with parents, students, and teachers, and continue with professors, trainers, and ultimately, with operations and business leaders, including human resources departments. The ACM is the perfect tool to support these activities.
About Automation Federation
The Automation Federation is a global umbrella organization of twenty (20) member organizations and seven working groups that carry out automation activities. Automation Federation enables its members to more effectively fulfill their mission, to advance the science and engineering of automation technologies and applications, and to develop the people necessary to take advantage of automation. Automation Federation is the "voice of automation". For more information about the Automation Federation, see www.automationfederation.org .
The International Society of Automation is a non-profit professional organization that sets the standard for those who use engineering and technology to provide the management, security and cyber security of modern automation and control systems to be used in industry and in critical infrastructures. ISA was founded in 1945 and develops worldwide standards. certified professionals from the industry; offers education and training; publishes books and technical articles; hosts conferences and exhibitions; and offers network and career development programs for its 40,000 members and 400,000 customers worldwide.
ISA owns Automation.com, a leading online publisher of content for automation, and is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation, an association of non-profit organizations known as "The Voice of Automation , "Through a wholly owned subsidiary, ISA bridges the gap between standards and their implementation with the ISA Security Compliance Institute and the ISA Wireless Compliance Institute.
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