Workforce Development
U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $344.6 million in April 2019, the lowest April reading since 2016 when orders totaled $293.2 million. April 2019 orders declined 16.5% from March 2019 and were down 17.6% from April 2018. Courtesy: Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT)
Workforce Development June 10, 2019

Manufacturing technology orders fall to lowest level since 2016

Manufacturing technology orders fell to under $300 million in April 2019, which is a sharp decline compared to the previous month and April 2018.

By Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT)
Figure 1: 74% of respondents expect a salary increase. Courtesy: Control Engineering research, CFE Media and CFE Technology
Workforce Development June 3, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles May 27 to June 2

Articles about Career and Salary Survey and research findings, fenceless robots, data historian history, and medium-voltage drives were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 27 to June 2. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Workforce Development June 1, 2019

Specify performance, manage risk

The June issue of AppliedAutomation discusses specifying performance and the importance of alarm management and process safety.

By Jack Smith
Omron Foundation, the charitable arm of the U.S.-based operations of industrial automation solutions provider Omron, donated a new laboratory complete with workstations and state-of-the-art equipment to give University of Houston students the opportunity to prepare for real-world engineering challenges. Courtesy: Omron Automation
Workforce Development May 31, 2019

Automation company donates design and robotics laboratory

Omron donated a design and robotics laboratory to the University of Houston, which consists of workstations and equipment designed to give students the opportunity to prepare for real-world engineering challenges.

By Omron Automation Americas
Workforce Development May 23, 2019

How to retain and recall what you read

Follow these three steps to remember what you’ve read or learned.

By Syed Peeran, Ph.D., PE, Boston
Figure 5: Top factors for job satisfaction are feeling of accomplishment, technical challenge, and financial compensation. Courtesy: Control Engineering research, CFE Media and CFE Technology
Workforce Development May 22, 2019

Control Engineering Career and Salary Survey, 2019

Engineers are getting paid more, although fewer expect to get increases in 2019; top factors for determining job satisfaction are feeling of accomplishment, technical challenge, and financial compensation.

By Mark T. Hoske and Amanda Pelliccione
Top reasons for outsourcing, according to the Control Engineering 2019 Career and Survey report, were to better focus on core competencies, lack of skilled staff, and cost management. Courtesy: Control Engineering research, CFE Media and CFE Technology
Workforce Development May 22, 2019

Research: More skilled workers are needed; outsourcing, STEM initiatives may help

Think Again: The 2019 Control Engineering Career and Salary Survey includes questions on topics of concern, such as outsourcing, workforce, process improvement, cybersecurity, automation, and threats.

By Mark T. Hoske
Figure: Three top skill sets to get ahead are engineering, project management, and communication/presentation. Courtesy: Control Engineering research, CFE Media and CFE Technology
Workforce Development May 22, 2019

Continue education, improve attitude, use engineering tips, communicate effectively

Career update: Top areas of advice offer by respondents to the 2019 Career and salary survey from Control Engineering, CFE Media and Technology, are education, attitude, engineering tips, and communications.

By Mark T. Hoske and Amanda Pelliccione
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Workforce Development May 5, 2019

Researchers working to improve battery density, safety

Penn State University researchers have developed a solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI) designed to increase energy density, performance, and safety for lithium batteries.

By Gregory Hale
Rice University researchers used a microstructure model of radiation-damaged hexagonal boron nitride to help them study the benefits of deep learning techniques in simulating two-dimensional materials to understand their characteristics. Courtesy: Prabhas Hundi, Rice University
Workforce Development May 4, 2019

Deep learning helps researchers understand new 2-D materials being discovered

Rice University engineers have developed faster techniques to model atom-flat materials for bottom-up design.

By Mike Williams