Workforce Development Initiative
MCAA’s members have a demand for skilled–often highly skilled engineering–personnel to develop, manufacture and sell their products. Relative to others whose workforce are skilled, our companies are “small potatoes.” But the needs are just as important. The Association strongly supports the variety of initiatives underway by a number of companies (like Dow and ExxonMobil) and organizations (like FIRST and Project Lead the Way). We support every effort to strengthen the STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) curricula in our nation’s schools from elementary right through community colleges.
Recognizing our limitations, as well as the work already underway by a variety of organizations, MCAA plans to build upon efforts by its own members in their local communities. We will partner with and support other organizations and major companies whose goals and mission are the same as ours. We won’t try to recreate the wheel.
Instead we plan to put links on this page where you can find ideas and tools to help your company encourage young people to study STEM subjects and consider the process control and automation industry for a career. Over time we hope to build a compendium of information and resources that your company can use to make a difference not just for your own company but for your community and America.
In the following video, Dr. Peter Martin, Vice President of Schneider Electric and MCAA Chairman of the Board, discusses our industry and the compelling careers available to those who want to help measure, control and automate industrial processes.