posted on Nov, 14 2019 @ 07:54 PM
I interviewed for an automation position at Boeing, and after the tour and talking with several employees and managers I realized that they suffer
from the same thing that many other companies in the industrial realm do.
They hire electricians as automation technicians and think that all automation consists of is a combination of having a little knowledge of electrical
and mechanical experience and how to read schematics.
The thing is they just hire people who have a hookup on the inside and barely know what they are doing. They barely know how to read schematics, have
no critical thinking skills and barely want to do the bare minimum.
Most employers don't realize that automation is more than knowing how to use a multimeter. You need a solid background in not just electromechanical
principles, but also in networking and programming.
I've seen "automation technicians" who couldn't even connect to an Allen Bradley controller. Cal relays, transformers, contactors PLCs. Same people
who have never seen a Mitsubishi, Yaskawa, don't know the difference between a HIM and HMI.
I've seen these guys taking resistance readings on energized equipment.
These same guys don't know the difference between network topographies and don't understand the concept of balance. They speed up one part of the
system and get mad when the process gets messed up down the line when it gets jammed or backed up.
Many of the reasons why automated systems fail is because employers don't hire people with the necessary skills needed to actually do the job
Which is why I can say this is why Boeing is scrapping this process. The process control engineers didn't do their job. The automation techs didn't do
their job, and the process failed before it even entered the implementation stage.