Production Machining

DEC 2018

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Industry 4.0 Careers of the Future Know a young person considering a career. path? Encourage him or her to consider these careers. By Matt Kirchner CONTRIBUTOR Matt Kirchner is managing director of Profit360, LLC, a Wisconsin-based strategic advisor to U.S. Manufacturers; and is CEO of American Finishing Resources, LLC. Contact :: mkirchner@profit-360.com I am a lifelong resident of southeastern Wisconsin, a region chosen last year by the largest contract manufacturer in the world to build a 20 million square-foot complex that is being billed as the most technologically advanced manufacturing facility on the planet. One of the lead industrial engineers working on this transformative project shared some of the career opportunities this facility will bring to the Midwest. Each career on this list includes an MKF (My Kid Factor): that is, on a scale from 1 to 10, how much do I hope my kid would consider this job. • App Developer. As mobile apps become ubiquitous in industrial processes (think monitoring quality and productivity directly from your smart phone), people possessing a familiarity with manufacturing combined with the requisite software and programming skills will find a prosperous future in industry. (MKF 8) • Automation Engineer. ese people design, develop and test advanced manufacturing technology. Curiously, this occupation is the "4th Happiest Job in America" according to "USA Today," in part I believe because they get to work with really amazing technology and also because the boss has no idea how they do, what they do so they get left alone at work. (MKF 9) • Electrical Engineer. Responsible for the electrical aspects of systems, from the device level (a smart sensor on a machine) to the enterprise level and every- thing in between, electrical engineers will be in high demand in an Industry 4.0 economy. (MKF 6) • Industrial Engineer. e purpose of this role is to optimize industrial processes, reducing bottlenecks, eliminating waste, increasing yield and thereby maximizing efficiency. As technology on the manufac- turing floor has become more complex and software driven, so too have the aptitudes necessary to be successful in this career. (MKF 5) • Interface Developer. People who choose this career develop the software and hardware that connect people to machines and software—think the "HMIs" (human machine interfaces) common in many industrial facili- ties. (MKF 8) • Mechanical Engineer. is responsibility might include the planning and design of mechanical systems and processes, conveyorized and automated material handling and product transfer systems. (MKF 6) • Production Engineer. e role of the production engineer is similar to that of the industrial engineer though with increased emphasis on the execution of manufacturing processes. (MKF 5) • PLC Programmer. Called by some the computer of manufacturing, the programmable logic controller receives information and turns it into output. PLC Programmers design these programs, enter them into PLCs and troubleshoot industrial operations when neces- sary. (MKF 6) • Quality Engineers. Responsible for overall product quality throughout the supply chain, quality engineers may also have a role in executing the processes designed by the test engineer. (MKF 5) • Systems Integrator. Robotics, conveyors, material handling systems, PLCs, industrial control systems and computer networks and the related software are becoming inextricably linked in manufacturing, requiring people with knowledge in all of these capable of making them work in concert. (MKF 9) • Test Engineer. ese individuals design and operate the processes and systems used to ensure a product conforms to its specification. As quality control functions are performed automatically and in-process, the role of the test engineer is becoming an increasingly technical and engaging vocation. (MKF 8) Know a young person considering a career pathway? Encourage him or her to consider these careers. If your career choice has already been made, prepare for a future of lifelong learning—the only way to ensure your aptitudes remain relevant and your skills valued in what promises to be a wild ride. ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS 24 PRODUCTION MACHINING :: DECEMBER 2018

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