Learning incentives: Automation college for Europe, Middle East and Africa; student competition
Honeywell announced courses to sharpen professional skills and a program to help process manufacturers invest in training and selected winners in the Automation Professionals of Tomorrow competition. Link to other learning incentive stories.
Brussels, Belgium, implementation engineers, system administrators, and management, with courses on maintaining a safe, reliable, and efficient plant.
Part of Honeywell's support for Europe, Middle East, and Africa includes Websites in some area languages, such as this one in Czech.
Honeywell operates dedicated training centers in Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Brussels, Kuopio, Manchester and Prague, plus the capability to hold training at customer sites. Classes are taught in English, French, German, Finnish, Russian, and Afrikaans. Courses enable students to optimize capabilities of Honeywell systems, helping them increase productivity, reduce errors, and minimize downtime. The College is integrated with Honeywell Automation Colleges around the world, creating a global training solution for customers and employees.
“One of the process industry’s foremost challenges is the shortage of skilled professionals,” said Norm Gilsdorf, vice president and general manager, Honeywell Process Solutions EMEA. “Although the workforce is maturing and there are fewer recruits, we do have the power to better nurture the talent we have. The Automation College covers every conceivable training need, from keeping employees current on the latest open systems technology to validating their capability to support aging equipment.”
As an incentive to customers, Honeywell offers a training match fund as part of the Solution Enhancement Support Program (SESP). Co-developed with customers worldwide, SESP provides options to help manage, support, and fund their systems. Participating in SESP, customers can double the effectiveness of training dollars.
The company also launched a Training Management System (TMS) for EMEA Automation College , providing online access to course details and schedules, and allowing students to check availability and make reservations. A TMS a database captures personal training history and features automated prompts to notify students if training certificates are about to expire.
Student competition for process simulation and wireless
Honeywell announced winners of a competition to advance innovation in process simulation and wireless technologies.
Meanwhile, in Berlin, Germany, Honeywell announced winners of a competition to advance innovation in process simulation and wireless technologies. Anne Muller from University of Dresden, Germany, won the process simulation category. Mohamed Abdul Galeel Salih Mohamed and Mohamad Tamer Nader Chaklab from the Electrical Engineering Department of the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi, UAE, won the wireless technologies category; runner up was Johannes Leithner of Fachhochschule Technikum in Vienna. The competition was open to technical students in universities across the EMEA region. Winners were to present papers in front of a live audience at the Honeywell EMEA Users Group 2008 Conference.
The process simulation competition encouraged applicants to overcome process simulation design challenges using Honeywell’s UniSim Design software. The wireless technologies competition challenged entrants to demonstrate the future impact of wireless on process technologies. By participating in the conference, winners learn about the process industry, network with more than 700 attendees, and potentially meet a future employer.
A student competition next year focuses on innovation in plant security during the Honeywell Middle East Users Group 2009 Conference (March 24-26 in Amman, Jordan). The next EMEA Users’ Group Conference (Oct. 26-29, 2009, in Lisbon) will feature a competition on innovation in control room design.
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