System integrators: Top 20 engineering specialties in the 2009 Automation Integrator Guide

Control Engineering Automation Integrator Guide includes information from 1,878 system integrators, 62% of which count programmable logic controllers among their engineering specialties. Human-machine interfaces were next, followed by automation and control engineering, rounding out the top three.


Control Engineering Automation Integrator Guide includes information from 1,878 system integrators, 62% of which count programmable logic controllers among their engineering specialties. Human-machine interfaces were next, followed by automation and control engineering, rounding out the top three.
The online Control Engineering Automation Integrator Guide at has a multi-parameter search, allowing users or original equipment manufacturers to narrow the field of integrators appropriate to their needs.
Table shows percentage of listings in the on-line Automation Integrator Guide that have cited each of the following technical skills under "Engineering Specialties" as of December 2008.
Engineering specialties, top 20
1. 62% programmable logic controllers (including installation and programming)
2. 53% human-machine interfaces
3. 52% automation and control engineering (including designs and implementation)
4. 50% process control and automation
5. 48% instrumentation and data acquisition
6. 45% motors, drives, and motion control (including AC, DC, and variable frequency drives)
6. 45% control panels (including fabrication, installation, and UL listing)
6. 45% systems engineering (including design and integration)
7. 40% factory automation
7. 40% installation and start-up
7. 40% networking and communications (including fieldbus, Ethernet, and telemetry)
8. 39% computer engineering - software and programming
9. 38% turnkey systems
10. 37% batch control (including recipe management)
11. 36% CAD/CAM, drafting, and documentation
11. 36% distributed control systems (DCS)
12. 35% supervisory control
13. 34% SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition)
13. 34% electrical/electronics engineering (including electrical contracting)
13. 34% project management
14. 33% automated assembly
14. 33% designs and specifications (including P&ID development)
15. 31% data processing and database management (including SQL programming)
15. 31% project planning and consulting
15. 31% machine design and controls
16. 30% robotics
16. 30% discrete and sequential control
17. 29% vision systems (including image processing and OCR)
18. 28% water, wastewater, and groundwater systems
19. 26% data collection and reporting (including historians)
19. 26% field service
20. 25% personal computers (PCs)
20. 25% product tracking and identification (including bar codes and radio frequency tags)
20. 25% training and education
Source: 2009 Control Engineering Automation Integrator Guide
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- By Mark T. Hoske, editor in chief, Control Engineering . See the System Integration Control Engineering consulting editor.

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