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Looking Ahead To The Future of Work For Engineers and Engineering Technicians
A current project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program, is exploring the role of technicians in the near future workspaces. Focusing on Florida and responding to the restrictions of the current pandemic, the project questioned manufacturers across the state to learn what new emerging Industry 4.0 skills will be the most important for new technicians in their facilities. For the same skills and technologies, educators were asked to respond with what they thought and have found to be important new / emerging skills related to Industry 4.0 technologies for their students.
This roundtable will have three phases. First, participants will respond to selected questionnaire items and discussing their responses. The second part will be a report of the results of the Florida questionnaires from both the 2-year college educators and the manufacturers and discussion of the differences with attendees’ responses. The final part of the session will have participants share what they are or will be doing to prepare students for the future of work in manufacturing workplaces with respect to Industry 4.0, Smart Factories, and possible new business models.
Not available Mon, nor Wed.
The Florida Advanced Technological Education Center is a part of the FloridaMakes Network (A NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center in Florida.