The cover story for the March issue of Control Design looks at how Machine Builder Nation trains automation professionals. The premise is simple. Automation is but a narrow niche in the wide world of commerce, so there will always be a shortage of young job candidates with formal automation training. The best that our industry can hope for is a sufficient number of two-year technical and four-year engineering graduates. What must machine builders, system integrators and vendors do to turn these graduates into productive employees?