Our February 2008 cover story, "How to Build an Automation Professional," reported the value that some machine builders get from co-op students. "It's difficult for us to find automation engineers with experience, so we use co-op and intern programs," related Chris Cote, manager of R&D electrical engineering at Goss International Americas in Durham, N.H., a company that manufactures commercial and newspaper printing presses.
"Co-op programs are good, but only if the company is committed to making employment offers to these individuals when they graduate," Cote cautioned. "Otherwise, you're spending time and engineering hours to train someone to be productive in another company."
Find links to our additional coverage on automation staffing below.
Innovative Recruiting Practices
Most Co-Ops Students Gain Enough Proficiency That a Portion of Their Time Can Be Charged to the Projects That They’re Working On
How to Build an Automation Professional
Industry Steps Up To Nurture and Train Automation Professionals
Keep Your Skill Set in Tune
Just Because a Skill Has Been Automated or Replaced by Software, You Should Still Keep It Sharpened
Don't Play Shorthanded During Economic Doldrums
During Economic Doldrums, Can You Keep Your Automation Staff Intact, Upbeat and Sharp?
Focus On: Retaining Automation Know-How
This is an Insightful Look at our February 2010 Cover Story
Stick to the Playbook
Reuse That Automation Know-How: Machine Builders Make the Most of Standards and Modular Design to Overcome Resource Constraints