TOMORROW's world will revolve around high technology, according to Siemens , and high levels of technical skill will be required to keep it turning. Most companies have now recognised the need to invest in such technology, but where can the skilled personnel to go with it be found?
The best answer is to look within your present labour pool and to find suitable means to re-train existing personnel - a process referred to as 'technology transfer'. This brings several benefits when compared to recruitment, particularly in today's multi-skilling and high productivity environment.
It eliminates the need for costly, and often fruitless, advertising campaigns; it means that you already know the level of dedication and reliability of your future personnel; it can promote staff loyalty and reinforces their interest and job satisfaction; and it can assist in upgrading existing staff to newly created functions.
Training should thus be seen as an investment in the future, running parallel to your capital investment program. Siemens is one such supplier of technical training, providing technology transfer courses, as well as courses which train customers on specific products they intend to use.
The company is holding various seminars for the remainder of the year, on the following Siemens Simatic technologies:
· S5-PRG: Advanced programming and troubleshooting. This four day course is designed for people involved in service, programming and start up procedures.
· S7-PROG: Basic programming, diagnostics and networking. This four day course is aimed at employees who perform engineering work in the areas of configuration, construction, start up, conversion and maintenance of Programmable Logic Controller systems.
· S7 PROFI: Simatic Net Profibus Communications. The four day course is aimed at planning, design, application and service engineers who work on the communication bus link with CP343-5 FMS, CP342-5 DP AND S7 CPUs with DP interfaces on Profibus.
· WIN CC: This four day course is aimed at employees who perform engineering work in the development and configuration of SCADA systems using the WinCC visualization software package.
· S5-SYS3: Basic system training. This four day course is aimed at personnel in all areas, who are interested in solving control tasks with Simatic S5 controllers or refreshing their knowledge on Simatic S5 systems.
· 505-PRG: Ladder and special functions programming. This four day course is aimed at persons involved in developing or maintaining Simatic 505 (formerly Texas Instruments 505) application programs in discrete or process control environments.
Siemens has had great success with its technical courses, which are conducted regularly across Australia. Reservations should be made as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Except in special circumstances, applications must be received at least two weeks prior to the commencement of the course.