Automation skills are becoming fundamental to many traditional occupations. This Customizable Solution creates a certificate program for Automation and Control Systems Specialists that install, operate, and maintain Internet connected devices. . The number of commercial/ industrial devices connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) is growing at a 20% Compound Annual Growth Rate worldwide, and the labor market supply/demand gap is significant across multiple sectors.
A fundamentals certificate program is proposed that leads to stackable credentials in HVAC, Building Automation, Robotics, Industrial Process Controls, Mechatronics, Logistics, Water/Wastewater, Public Safety, and Transportation. Elements of the certificate program can be integrated into existing courses as appropriate.
Faculty working on the Strong Workforce funded "Automation Pathways" project met on September 13 at Santiago Canyon College to discuss program progress, professional development, lab needs, and Building Automation Systems. Faculty members from six Orange County community colleges are working together to develop stackable certificates in automation systems, providing regional credentials for students entering a labor market increasingly impacted by automation. Special guest Brian Lovell, president of Association of Controls Professionals, spoke to the group about resources and certification supporting building automation instruction. For more information, contact Larry McLaughlin, ECU Regional Director in Orange County.