Get engineering-related professional development hours

No one I know waits until the last minute, but if they did, they might take advantage of nine free PDH Webcasts from Control Engineering offered in 2015 to satisfy year-end engineering training requirements.

By Mark T. Hoske November 30, 2015

For those needing additional professional development hours this year (or even those who don’t) select from among nine free PDH Webcasts on control and automation topics from Control Engineering in 2015. Expert speakers provide expert training, including findings and trends related to some of Control Engineering’s original research. Webcast information follows. 

Information integration and IIoT

Information integration gets the right info to the right persons, automated systems, and devices in time to make smarter decisions, as part of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industrie 4.0 platforms for more competitive manufacturing. 

Changing ROI for industrial robotics

Collaborative robots have safe-speed and safe-torque to make robotics more approachable. Learn uses, return on investment (ROI), and how to get started from a standards expert and system integrator.

Tips for automation system integration project management

Automation system integration project management, when done right from project inception, can mean the difference between a successful implementation that adds value and one that doesn’t. 

Cyber security technologies and strategies, tips for industrial control systems

People, processes, and technologies at every layer are needed to lower cyber security risk for industrial control systems. Expert speakers briefly explain the nature of the threat landscape with initial steps to forming a defensive program. Consider the range of resources available and practical approaches for engaging company management in joining the larger effort. 

Integrating wireless into an industrial Ethernet application

How to integrate two wireless systems into an industrial Ethernet application in two days: An industrial wireless network with a new supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system is part of a 5-year, $47 million capital improvement plan at the Stamford Water Pollution Control Authority. Learn about wireless selection criteria including equipment reliability and capabilities, availability, ease of management, conformance to open standards, and integration with an existing Ethernet network. 

IIoT series

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) series, in cooperation with Oil & Gas Engineering and Plant Engineering, includes:

– IIoT and Industry 4.0: Overview and practical advice for today

IIoT and Industry 4.0 are two increasingly discussed strategies helping to make manufacturers more productive. Expert speakers briefly explain each set of concepts, then provide practical advice that manufacturers can implement today to realize productivity gains sooner rather than later.

– IIoT webcast one: Design considerations

Manufacturers are looking at IIoT as a way to help them better understand operational performance. What are the barriers to the adoption of IIoT? What are the challenges organizations will face? And what are the opportunities that IIoT will present to manufacturers looking to improve their plant operation?

– IIoT webcast two: Operations

Learn trends, technologies, and capabilities needed to achieve transformational change and what companies should do today to prepare to compete in the emerging 21st century ecosystem using the ideals outlined in IIoT, Smart Manufacturing, Industrie 4.0, and digitization.

– IIoT webcast three: Integration considerations

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) promotes intelligent devices and systems by sharing information and awareness among systems and the humans who use them. Integrated networking, security, cyber security practices, and technologies help enable these connected systems. Learn from industry experts.

Other Webcasts topics, certificates

Seven other Control Engineering 2015 Webcasts are archived for viewing, offering certificates of completion. Plant Engineering offers electrical safety and motor maintenance Webcasts that may be of interest. Consulting-Specifying Engineer Webcasts include variable speed drives, pumps, and energy efficiency, among others. 

2016 PDH plans

For 2016, Control Engineering plans PDH webcasts on Ethernet, human-machine interface (HMI), cyber security, system integration, and again will have an IIoT Webcast series in cooperation with Oil & Gas Engineering and Plant Engineering.

Think again: Control Engineering educational opportunities extend well beyond advice on paper.

– Mark T. Hoske is content manager, CFE Media, Control Engineering,


Author Bio: Mark Hoske has been Control Engineering editor/content manager since 1994 and in a leadership role since 1999, covering all major areas: control systems, networking and information systems, control equipment and energy, and system integration, everything that comprises or facilitates the control loop. He has been writing about technology since 1987, writing professionally since 1982, and has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree from UW-Madison.