The manufacturing industry is a couple of years away from a game-changing transformation, what is called the fourth Industrial Revolution, or in short, Industry 4.0. Canadian companies, who are global players, are already working with global technology leaders in implementing this technology often called the digital enterprise realization.
Unlike the traditional teaching approach (teaching isolated fields with electrical, mechanical, and computer technology, then pulling all the technologies together at the end), the holistic approach seems to be a more effective way in the pedagogy of teaching automation. The end result of the holistic approach is better support for technologists in system design and troubleshooting in the automation industry. To compete globally, the manufacturing factory should be automated and have highly skilled workers, subsequently improving productivity, reducing downtime, and producing excellent quality products.
What are Canadian colleges and the industry doing in preparing graduates who will be ready in three to five years from now to carry on the digital enterprise realization?