According to Profibus Australia, the high number of advance enrolments in Certified Profibus training courses scheduled for Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane in May this year is nearing the boom figures recorded in 2011.
Strong interest from Western Australian mining companies signals a return of confidence and a renewed optimism not seen since the slump in commodity prices witnessed in mid-2012.
Enrolments from the Water Corporation of WA dominate other process industries again, reflecting their commitment to be at the highest level of readiness as Stage 2 of their Southern Seawater Desalination Plant enters the final commissioning phase.
PAA chairman Rafael Koenig believes that the large number of graduates that have passed through the Profibus Certified Training classes over the last two years coupled with the trend toward smarter process plants is changing perceptions within the automation industry.
He adds that there has been a significant increase in the number of enquiries being received from newcomers as well as Profibus end-users for training, product availability and technical assistance.
UK Profibus trainer Andy Verwer will commence his four-week Australian Tour in Perth from 29 April to 10 May.
Additional classes for Certified Installer, Certified Engineer, Commissioning and Maintenance and System Design are scheduled for Melbourne, Brisbane and Mackay throughout May.
The PAA and PICC (Pentair Flow Control Pacific - Profibus International Competence Centre ) together form one of the largest industry support groups within Australia.