Automation engineers are in high demand. The skills required to add top value to a manufacturer or system integrator, or to obtain professional credentials such as Professional Engineer or Certified Automation Professional (CAP), include more than the just the ability to program a PLC or DCS and develop process graphics.
All automation engineers should have proficiency in these five key skill areas:
- Know how to calibrate an analog transmitter
- Understand the science behind the 4-20 mA current loop
- Know how to tune simple and complex control loops
- Know how to design an Ethernet network for speed and reliability
- Know how to effectively manage an automation project
Proficiency in these five areas is most important for the efficient, safe, and reliable operation of manufacturing processes. The ISA CAP Knowledge and Skills Report identifies 52 individual tasks that comprise the automation engineering profession. In this webinar, we will explore five of these skills that, hopefully, will stimulate your interest in automation engineering and give you insights into the important role of automation in your facility.
- Learn how knowledge of the five key skills presented in this webinar will help a facility to achieve efficient, safe, and reliable operation
- Understand that the keys to designing a robust automation system are the design of the sensor and I/O subsystems for speed and reliability, the design of the computer networks for throughput and security, and the execution of automation projects within cost, schedule and resource limitations
- Know that automation engineers require skills and experience well beyond the ability to program PLC and DCS systems and build process graphic displays
Scott Sommer, PE, CAP, is Life Sciences Program Manager for e-Technologies Group, a cutting- edge automation engineering integrator. He has over 37 years of experience in automation, instrumentation, and process control design that has given him a unique vision and insight to effectively and efficiently manage the automation scope and activities of large industrial projects.
Scott holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois and a MEng in Chemical Engineering from McNeese State University. He is a long-time ISA instructor and frequent seminar and conference speaker. Scott is an ABET program evaluator/expert helping to insure the quality of college-level engineering degree programs world-wide.
Scott lives in Phoenixville, PA, a far western suburb of Philadelphia, and enjoys time with his wife and five grown children and grandchildren, who are scattered from coast to coast. He enjoys home-brewing and growing hops, and dreams of one day owning his own microbrewery.