How Can We Turn New Hires Into Productive Employees?

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?