Workforce Development

Figure 3: As a trusted advisor, you should on the lookout for the customer and help them see what their control system will be or could be in the future. Courtesy: Applied Control Engineering Inc.
System Integrators January 9, 2020

Fostering long-term relationships in the system integration industry

It may take more effort to build a long-term relationship, but it pays off in the long run as the customer views the integrator as a trusted advisor and part of the team.

By Ian Burns
System Integrators January 8, 2020

System integrator relationships key to manufacturers’ competitive advantage

There are many reasons why it’s better to have a deeper, strategic partnership with an integrator that goes beyond an individual project; here are a few.

By Greg Young
A successful approach to attracting, recruiting, training and retaining excellent engineering talent has many moving parts. Courtesy: Malisko Engineering
System Integrators January 7, 2020

Attracting and retaining top talent in the system integration industry

System integrator offers a successful approach to attracting, recruiting, training and retaining excellent engineering talent.

By Mary Bergjans
Figure 1: System integrators cover a very broad a diverse set of functions, creating the opportunity for specialization. A common denominator is PLC and SCADA programming, which is a function done by the vast majority of SIs. Courtesy: Control System Integrator Association (CSIA)
System Integration December 18, 2019

System integration in the digital age: Why you need it and how to get the best

System integration has been going on for decades, and it is likely to continue; companies and integrators need to adapt as end users turn to their internal engineering departments.

By Jose M. Rivera and Lisa Richter
Bill Keen is founder and CEO of Keen Wealth Advisors. Courtesy: Keen Wealth Advisors
Educational December 7, 2019

Three-step retirement plan for engineers

Career Update: A three-step plan can help engineers begin engineering retirement planning with a checklist, looking at employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) details, anticipated spending, choosing a date and revisions over time.

By Bill Keen
WPI researchers (from left) Soussan Djamasbi, Jeanine Skorinko, Winston Soboyejo, Cagdas Onal (principal investigator), Yunus Telliel, Jing Xiao, Pratap Rao and Jane Li with the Baxter research robot. Courtesy: Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
Robotics October 28, 2019

Researchers win grant to study workplace human-robot interaction

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) researchers have secured a five-year, $3 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant focusing on research and training related to the adoption of robotic assistants in the workplace.

By Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
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Safety October 26, 2019

Safety council discourages cannabis use for safety-sensitive positons

The National Safety Council (NSC) has called on employers to restrict cannabis use for workers in safety-sensitive positions regardless of the state's position in a policy position.

By National Safety Council (NSC)
Manufacturers looking to retain their best engineers should improve their current skill sets and offer benefits and wages to keep them from leaving their jobs or being recruited by rival corporations. Courtesy: Randstad Engineering
Workforce Development September 2, 2019

Three ways to improve engineer retention

Companies looking to protect their top engineering talent from rivals should look to improve training, benefits and wages to make employees happier and more productive.

By Angie Keller
The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation's Monthly Confidence Index (MCI-EFI) had an index of 52.8 in June 2019. Courtesy: Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation
Machinery and Equipment June 20, 2019

Equipment leasing confidence slides, according to report

The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation's June Monthly Confidence Index (MCI-EFI) had an index of 52.8, which is down several points compared to May and double digits compared to the same period in 2018.

By Chris Vavra
U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $344.6 million in April 2019, the lowest April reading since 2016 when orders totaled $293.2 million. April 2019 orders declined 16.5% from March 2019 and were down 17.6% from April 2018. Courtesy: Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT)
Business of Engineering June 10, 2019

Manufacturing technology orders fall to lowest level since 2016

Manufacturing technology orders fell to under $300 million in April 2019, which is a sharp decline compared to the previous month and April 2018.

By Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT)